Katie Holmes and Suri ‘Watch the Debates Together’: ‘It’s So Powerful’ for My Daughter to See Hillary Clinton

10/03/2016 at 05:45 PM ET

Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes

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With the upcoming election quickly approaching, Katie Holmes and her daughter are spending time together cheering on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“We watch the debates together,” Holmes, 37, told PEOPLE at Quaker’s Oatober launch event at OatMeals on Monday in New York City. “It’s wonderful to have my 10-year-old see a woman up there doing well and being very clear and thoughtful in her responses and in her passion for what she wants to do for our country. That’s so powerful for a 10-year-old girl to see.”

Holmes, who shares Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise, says watching Clinton has been empowering and inspiring.

“Obviously, it means so much as a woman to have the first woman president, but more importantly, she’s incredibly qualified for the job,” she says. “I believe in her, I feel her — and she has always worked so hard for children. I believe that our country will be taken care of with her as president.”

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Holmes recently shared a post by Amy Schumer, which compared magazines and exposed ingrained sexism. For her, Holmes says there is more to be done to combat these social norms.

“I think that it’s important that boys and girls focus on what they want to do in life and what their passions are and finding those passions at a young age,” she says. “It’s important to focus on that as opposed to how they look and what they have. That’s what I focus on [with Suri]. It’s about school, extracurriculars and being proud of achievements and not the way that you look or what you have.”

She adds, “We have to make sure that girls know their power and grow up being empowered and knowing they can be scientists and teachers and doctors and lawyers. I think more importantly we really have to focus on education for everyone in our country.”

Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes
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Holmes recently wrapped filming for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the upcoming mini series, Kennedys After Camelot.

“People out there have a personal connection to the family and then there’s so many fans of her,” she says. “I’m a huge fan. So there’s a level of responsibility, but you feel that with every role. You want to create some sort of reason to tell the story.”

— Blake Bakkila with reporting by Shay Spence

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reh1259 on

Right…so she can be indoctrinated into the nonsense liberalism that is crippling this nation. Women need to stop supporting Hillary by the sheer virtue of her being a female, and look at her record, her life, her decisions and the way she conducts herself. Educate yourself, ladies. Don’t vote for Hillary simply out of some misguided feminist ideals.

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Lee on

Voting for a person because of their gender or race is racist and sexist. Once again liberals have proven that every time they accuse you of something, it’s one finger at you and two right back at themselves. All I ever see liberals doing is reducing someone into a racial class or a gender class. Brilliant yet unscrupulous way to gain votes, and it has divided this country into a bunch of haves and have nots. This is how socialism and communism come. Open your eyes people.

Guest on

So she wants her daughter to know what a liar and killer looks like? How sad for Suri.

Anonymous on

Well, that is just sad.

vik on

Oh yes, it must be so empowering for your daughter to see you support a lisr, cheat, and fraud! Just despicable, and People: enough of the liberal propaganda!

anabanana on

Another rich snob for Hillary. This woman is Catholic no less and voting for someone who supports and is supported by Planned Parenthood. Shame on you “Katie”. Guess she like all Hilly supporters do not care about the rest of us. DUH

GoogleyEyed on

Wow, you Hillary haters are really something. I see the word “liberal” being used a lot in your comments as if it is a dirty word. Maybe you just aren’t educated enough to know what it actually means, so I’m here to help: Liberals are open-minded and open to new ideas and ways of thinking; they believe that government should be actively involved in supporting social and political change. How is that a bad thing? All of you sound so angry, which seems to be a synonym these days for being conservative. I’m far more concerned that Katie Holmes is also letting Suri see an ugly sociopath like Donald Trump, who lies constantly, doesn’t pay taxes, treats women terribly, and tries to destroy anyone who dares to disagree with him. If Suri were my child, I would have a very difficult time trying to explain to her how such a monster got to be the presidential nominee of a major political party.

Angel Graham on

She never said she was voting for her because she was a woman. Clearly, they are watching the debates and talking about points of view and plans at home and Hillary won. I’m so sorry your lives disappoint you so much you have to be mean on people.com of all places.

Anonymous on

Poor kid , crazy parents .. Scientologist now the moms for Hilary ..

Rachel on

This election has truly brought out the worst in our nation. I personally will be voting for Hillary, and I typically vote conservative. And I’m voting for her because I have educated myself. @reh1259 — really? Look at HER record, HER decisions, and the way she conducts Herself??? Hillary messed up, no doubt about it, but Donald Trump is a truly terrifying individual. Everyone wants to go on and on about Hillary’s emails and the charges… Trump has been charged with crimes COUNTLESS times among those the RAPE of a 13-year-old. Folks want to discuss Hillary and Bill’s relationship, hell Trump’s been married multiple times and had his own freaking affairs (but we won’t talk about that!). And the way he conducts himself… oh hell, just listen to him talk. He’s disgusting. So you can go on and on about folks voting for Hillary, just realize the other side thinks exactly the same about you.

Milky on

Ugh, how many fingers do you have Lee?!

Guest on

Especially if you keep influencing her and her opinions like that.

DYNA Williams on

Well said I agree kids has to cover their ears when Trump speak during the debate .

Ann on