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Hillary Clinton Compares Her Experience in Politics to Game of Thrones

But Bill Clinton casts his vote for Madame Secretary

Noelene Clark

Washington D.C. shares much in common with Westeros, at least according to Hillary Clinton. Speaking at Thursday night's Evening With the Clintons event at the Beacon Theatre in New York, the former Democratic presidential candidate drew a comparison between U.S. politics and the intrigue of Game of Thrones.

Paul Begala, the evening's moderator and a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, asked Hillary Clinton, "Which is closer to a reality of life in politics, which TV show: The West Wing or Veep?" With a chuckle, she responded, "Oh, probably Game of Thrones... at least in my experience."

It's easy to see the parallels between the HBO fantasy drama (which follows the leaders of old and powerful families in the fictional land of Westeros as they war for the Iron Throne) and Washington (which sees the leaders of old and powerful families in America war for political office).

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For his part, former President Bill Clinton first joked that the TV show best resembling Washington is the irreverent comedy Schitt's Creek before turning the spotlight on another show.

"If I could be serious for a minute, the most realistic show on television in my opinion -- and you can say I'm self-interested -- is Madam Secretary," he said, referring to the CBS drama starring Téa Leoni as the U.S. secretary of state, the position formerly held by Hillary Clinton. "It's the best. It's the one that's most like a functioning government and how governments relate to each other, and how these diplomatic fights play out in private, and with stuff that could actually happen. There's a bunch of stuff there that's scary that could actually happen."

Sure, Madam Secretary might be more accurate, but who wouldn't mind seeing a couple of dragons fly over Washington?

Watch the full exchange via CNN in the video above.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.