Hillary Clinton says 'gutsiest' thing she ever did was stay married

The Hill
Judy Kurtz

Hillary Clinton says the "gutsiest" thing she ever did in her personal life was not leaving her husband.

© Stephen Yang The Monica Lewinsky scandal in the 1990s put the Clintons' marriage in the spotlight.

"I think the gutsiest thing I've ever done — well, personally — make the decision to stay in my marriage," Clinton said Tuesday during a joint interview alongside her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, with "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach.

"Publicly, politically, run for president," Clinton, 71, continued. "And keep going. Just get up every day and keep going."

The former secretary of State and former President Bill Clinton tied the knot in 1975.

The ex-commander in chief's affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990's ignited a media firestorm, and put the Clintons' marriage in the spotlight.

"I didn't know whether our marriage could — or should — survive such a stinging betrayal, but I knew I had to work through my feelings carefully, on my own timetable," Hillary Clinton wrote in her 2003 memoir, "Living History." She wrote at the time that staying with her husband was one of "the most difficult decisions I have made in my life."

Chelsea Clinton said Tuesday that she was so "overwhelmed" by her mother's answer to ABC News’ Amy Robach's question that she was "a bit out of words."

"I'm just so proud to be her daughter," Clinton, 39, continued. The pair appeared on "Good Morning America" while on a promotional tour for their joint project, "The Book of Gutsy Women."

"But my most important identity now is as my three kids' mom," Chelsea Clinton, who gave birth to her third child, son Jasper, in July, said. "So I'm just going to try to be gutsy every day."