Clinton for Prez? She hints at run
ASKED again the question on the mind of everyone who follows United States politics, Mrs Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was "thinking" about running for president in 2016.
Appearing at a marketing conference in San Francisco, Mrs Clinton, widely considered the Democratic front runner if she enters the race, was asked by an interviewer: "What's your plan? Are you going to do it? You can announce it here if you like."
To which Mrs Clinton quipped: "I'm actually here trying to get some marketing advice... I am obviously flattered and deeply honoured to have people ask me and people encourage me."
To cheers from the audience, she said: "And I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while."
Mrs Clinton said in a video of the exchange posted on the Internet: "Part of it is because the hard questions are not: "Do you want to be president? Can you win? The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference?"
The former first lady and US senator, who was defeated by President Barack Obama in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, said the US was experiencing a period of political dysfunction.
"I saw it from afar when I was secretary and it was disheartening, and even embarrassing, to see people arguing about letting us default on our debt, really, and things that were just so beyond the pale," said Mrs Clinton, who served as secretary of state in Mr Obama's first term.
"You had to ask yourself, what kind of country do they really want... What is their plan? What is their vision? So if you're going to compete in this arena, you have to be able to put forth your purpose and vision."