This was one of the moments that turned it around and put her(Hillary Clinton) back into the race against Obama in 2008.
I found the meaning below for put your back into something:
- to use a lot of physical effort to try to do something
But still I cann't understand meaning of the sentence.And I don't know if "putting back into the race" is a handicap or an advantage for her(Hillary Clinton).
So could you please explain it to me?
The fuller text:
SGC: In that moment, President Obama crying— would that moment have been different if he were a female president? Is there something different about when you see a man break down that way and a female leader of that stature break down that way?
GM: I mean, surely, without a doubt. The criticism that someone is too emotional is one of the classic gendered tropes that are used to go after female leaders. It’s worth noting that when Hillary Clinton cried a little bit in 2008 in New Hampshire it was highlighted as one of the high points of her campaign. This was one of the moments that turned it around and put her back into the race against Obama in 2008. But it’s illustrative that one of the criticisms of Hillary is that she’s robotic. Right? So that was a breakthrough of that facade.