"I think a lot of women project their own feelings and their lives on to me," she told "Nightline." "And they see how hard this is. It's hard. It's hard being a woman out there. It is obviously challenging with some of the things that are said, that are not even personal to me as much as they are about women. And I think women just sort of shake their heads. My friends do. They say, 'Oh, my gosh, this is so hard.' Well, it's supposed to be hard. I'm running for the hardest job in the world. No one has ever done this. No woman has ever won a presidential primary before I won New Hampshire."
True to form, Clinton did churn out a string of victories in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, winning big among lower income, less educated white voters, which strengthened her case to superdelegates that she was the better candidate in the fall.
When we sat down in Indiana for the last of our interviews, she insisted she was not damaging the party despite repeated calls for her to get out of the race.
"This is just idle talk," she said. "You have to know how to run a campaign that's going to win. I mean, you put my base against my opponent's base, mine's much broader and deeper. And I think that's what's going to matter. When people start asking themselves, who's our better candidate, who can we actually put up against John McCain, you know, it is who can better win, and I've won the big states. I've won the states that we have to anchor. If we had the Republican rules, I would already be the nominee."
This time, instead of seeming exasperated at the uphill battle before her, Clinton, like that September day almost two years earlier, seemed relaxed, as if she were once again having fun.
"When I go up on stage and people are applauding loudly, I want it to end so I can tell them what I would do," she said. "Because I want them to know what it is they're getting with me. So, I know that about myself. I don't try to be anything I'm not. I, you know, I am what I am."
She continued to rack up some big wins, including a stunning victory in Puerto Rico on Sunday, but tonight, on the eve of the final primaries, Obama is only 38 delegates shy of victory while she needs 207. Earlier today, former President Clinton may have tipped us off that the end is in sight.
"I want to say also, that this may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," he said, while campaigning in South Dakota. "I thought I was out of politics 'til Hillary decided to run. But it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president."
While she continues to be a polarizing figure to many, no one can say she's not a fighter. She says her father raised her as a fighter.
"But, you know, my father, he was out there throwing football passes to me and teaching me to switch hit in baseball," she recalled. "And he just didn't see any difference between me and my brothers and all the neighborhood kids, and I've often believed that part of the reason that I can make this race for the presidency, that I can withstand all of the incoming fire, is because my dad basically believed in me, he encouraged me, he set high standards for me and he said, 'Look, you have to get out there, you have to stand up for yourself, you have to find your way in the world.' And I miss him, I wish he were around, he would be just speechless, I think."