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Oh good: Hillary weighs in on Washington Redskins controversy

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided this week to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins' supposedly “offensive” team name.

Because this is what America needs right now.

"I think it is insensitive, and I think that there is no reason for it to continue as a name of a team in our nation's capital," she said Tuesday during an interview with Fusion. "I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute.”

Now, to be fair, Clinton didn't volunteer her opinion out of the blue. She was asked. But how this question has become so common for interviews is really anybody's guess. (Is it really that pressing?)

Anyway, although Clinton said she's not a fan of the team's current name, she didn't have any ideas for a possible substitute.

"No. I haven't thought a lot about [it]," she said.

Clinton, a possible 2016 contender, joins several other Democratic lawmakers in calling on the team's owner, Dan Snyder, to change the name.

“Nearly every Democratic leader has already come out in support of dropping the team name, including President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The president has said he would consider changing the name if he were the team's owner,” wrote Mario Trujillo of the Hill.

“In May, 50 senators — all caucusing with Democrats — sent a letter to the NFL urging the league to force the team to change its name, calling it a 'racial slur.' Only five Democrats did not sign on,” the report added.

The team has so far declined to change its name. But who knows? Clinton's take on the issue may be the thing to win the war.

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