Thursday 27 November 2014

Now Hillary admits she's 'considering' new White House bid

Tim Walker

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Even if she can't confirm that she's running for president, Hillary Clinton will now at least admit that she's considering it.

The former US Secretary of State told PBS interviewer Charlie Rose that if she does make a second bid for the White House in 2016, she would do so with "a very specific agenda" for America.

Having observed two other presidencies at close quarters – those of her husband Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – Ms Clinton acknowledged that the role had become "even bigger and more difficult" in the 21st Century.

"I understand how the job is done, and I understand what has to be prioritised. I just have to decide or not that's what I want to do at this point in my life," she said. "It's a very personal choice."

Danger

With the Democrats in danger of ceding the Senate to the Republicans at the 2014 midterms in November, Ms Clinton added: "I'm not going to jump the line and start talking about 2016 right now."

More than two years ahead of the next presidential election, the Democrat political machine is already poised to mobilise on Ms Clinton's behalf, with polls showing she is the runaway favourite for the party's nomination. Yet she insisted there were still factors that could persuade her not to run. She does not intend to make a final decision, for example, until after the birth of her first grandchild later this year.

"I want to see what that feels like," she said. "I'm not going to skip over it. I want to really be present, as I meet this . . . new person in our family."

Ms Clinton, who joined the administration after losing a narrow race for the nomination with Mr Obama in 2008, was speaking as part of a tour to promote 'Hard Choices', a memoir of her four years as Secretary of State. In interviews about the book, Ms Clinton has been increasingly candid about the fact that she is weighing another White House run.

The gruelling 2008 campaign has left her with "no illusions" about the difficulties of a presidential race. "But the campaigning, as hard as it is, is the easy part," Ms Clinton said.

"Once you get there [to the White House] you face this full array of problems."

Earlier this week, Ms Clinton appeared as a guest on 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart, where she also hinted at a possible presidential run.

Probed as to her preferred workspace configuration, she made what sounded like a teasing reference to the Oval Office, saying: "The world is so complicated. We need fewer corners." (© Independent News Service)

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