CONCORD, N.H. — Feminist icon Gloria Steinem hit the campaign trail Friday to rally support for Hillary Clinton. But unlike Clinton herself, Steinem said she would not go on the offensive against the former secretary of state's primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
"I am not here to speak against Bernie," Steinem told dozens of women packed into a pressed juice bar just blocks away from the New Hampshire capitol.
"We don't have to be against somebody to understand that somebody else is better at this moment," she added, drawing heavy applause. "And we have to resist the pressure of the media's divisiveness."
According to Steinem, the former first lady's backers can amass support among undecided primary voters in New Hampshire "without condemning anybody else."
"We just need to ensure they understand who is more qualified for this specific situation," she said.
Steinem's comments came just hours before Clinton claimed Sanders' single-payer health care plan is an "idea that will never, ever come to pass," during a campaign stop in Des Moines.
Earlier Friday morning, Clinton's senior campaign strategist Joel Benenson told CNN that Sanders is "going negative" on the campaign trail.
"I think he's probably running the most negative campaign of any Democratic presidential candidate," he said.
In addition to meeting with Clinton's female supporters at a Women for Hillary event, Steinem is slated to host a phone-banking event Friday evening at Clinton's campaign office in Portsmouth.