Katie Couric to Senator Hillary Clinton: "Do You Pop Vitamins?"

There have been more than 25 presidential debates already this political season, hosted by FOX, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and Univision. But to date, CBS News has yet to sponsor a single showdown.

Last night, however, viewers who would like to see Katie Couric questioning the leading presidential candidates on a big stage, got the next best thing: Katie Couric questioning Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes.

What did Ms. Couric ask?

Over the course of a lengthy back-and-forth, among other questions, Ms. Couric asked if Ms. Clinton popped vitamins, whether she liked Barack Obama, if she felt responsible for a deficit "caused largely by a war" she had authorized, what she was like in high school, and did her teenage classmates really call her Miss Frigidaire?

Herewith, a transcript of the interchange, courtesy of CBS:

KATIE COURIC: How do you do it? I mean, the satellite interviews, the speeches, the travel, the debates, the schmoozing, the picture taking, 24 7.

HILLARY CLINTON: I do it because I really believe in what I’m doing.

KATIE COURIC: I knew you were going to say that.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, but it’s true.

KATIE COURIC: But I’m talking about pure stamina.

HILLARY CLINTON: Pure stamina. I have a lot of stamina and I have a lot of resilience.

KATIE COURIC: Having said that, do you pop vitamins? Do you mainline coffee?

HILLARY CLINTON: I take– I take vitamins. I– I drink tea, not coffee anymore. I have really stopped drinking diet drinks. Because I found that they gave you a jolt, but they weren’t good over the long run. I used to drink a lot of them. I drink tons of water. Just as much water as I can possibly drink.

HILLARY CLINTON: My two secrets to staying healthy– wash your hands all the time. And, if you can’t, use Purell or one of the sanitizers. And the other is hot peppers. I eat a lot of hot peppers. I– for some reason started doing that in 1992 and I swear by it.

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