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Hillary Clinton on possible 2016 White House run: 'I am thinking about it'

By Peter Cooney

(Reuters) - Asked again the question on the mind of everyone who follows U.S. politics, Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was "thinking" about running for president in 2016.

Appearing at a marketing conference in San Francisco, 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'd like."

"I'm actually here trying to get some marketing advice," Clinton quipped, before adding: "I am obviously flattered and deeply honored to have people ask me and people encourage me.

"And I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while," she said to cheers from the audience.

"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?'" Clinton said in a video of the exchange posted on the Internet

The former first lady and U.S. senator, who was defeated by President Barack Obama in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, said the United States 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 Clinton, who served as secretary of state in 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."

Clinton, who has been giving speeches across the country since leaving the State Department last year, frequently deflects questions about her presidential ambitions. The former first lady has said she is considering a White House bid, but that she will not make a decision before the end of 2014.

"I'm not going to make a decision for a while because I'm actually enjoying my life," Clinton said on Tuesday. "I'm actually having fun."

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Linda April 10 2014 at 8:01 AM

She has already been in the White HOuse. We don't need her again..

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chefjohnp April 10 2014 at 7:47 AM

She should run for township dog catcher! Besides chasing all those strays would help her sad figure.

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jdsept chefjohnp April 10 2014 at 7:49 AM

Yes, those GOP men are so good looking. Move up to this century please.

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bottomtime321 chefjohnp April 10 2014 at 7:59 AM

How dare you, I own a Dog, who does make his way out every once in a while. To put my Dog through having to deal with Hillary, you should be ashamed of yourself.

My Dog deserves Better!

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Frank April 10 2014 at 9:08 AM

To bad she didn't think about sending the added security requested by those in Benghazi that cost four Americans their lives, Oh, that's right she did, she said NO!!!!!!

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Susan Frank April 10 2014 at 9:19 AM

It was actually the Republicans who refused increased funding for security at our embassies.

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greatbirdusa Susan April 10 2014 at 9:21 AM

B.S. talk from another Obama sheep.

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Frank Susan April 10 2014 at 9:35 AM

Nice try, but not true. Senior State Dept. Official Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for diplomatic security, in testimony before the House Committee on oversight Government Reform stated that funding was not the reason for the lack of security in Benghazi. Know the facts! I suppose you also believe the attack on Benghazi was the cause of a Youtube Video?

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chrissf4529 April 09 2014 at 4:43 PM

The sad truth is, scandals, misdeeds, corruption by our elected officials simply does not matter to voters.We will defend our respective candidate with "Look at what the other guys did.....", or simply dismiss the form of reporting as "Biased" or "false".The Illinois voter has displayed what the American voter has become. They elected two candidates who were dead, re-elected a candidate under investigation for corruption, and elected a candidate who is legally insane. All along party lines.We should not tolerate any form of corruption or misdeed. But, voters simply ignore it

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rforeverfree April 09 2014 at 5:23 PM

From the frying pan into the fire. Ah Forward.

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vinibomba April 10 2014 at 7:21 AM

Note to Hillary. Would you say the same thing , what difference does it make if your daughter was one of the four you helped kill by not sending help. The Marine Corp always has a med cruise stationed in the Mediterranean , they could have saved these poor souls. How can you sleep at night. Even your husband would not have taken the action you choose either by choice or orders.
Shame on you ,you are a very little person and pray you come into the same situation some day. The we can use your terminology, What difference does it make.

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EDGAR April 09 2014 at 5:26 PM

Hillary: I recommend that, instead of running for the White House, you should have a much better chance by trying to have an examination with Dr. Lewisky and then, take him out to visit the pyramid near Benghazi. I do not believe you have what it takes to represent 310 million people to the rest of the world.

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wbearl April 09 2014 at 5:29 PM

Think they will find the unaccounted for 6 Billion dollars. State kind of misplaced it when Hillary was Secretary of State.

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violetvalerieviolet wbearl April 09 2014 at 5:38 PM

was way before hillary and i dont think sec of state is in charge of theat money

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comfy01 April 09 2014 at 5:29 PM

She wants marketing advise, mine is GO AWAY.

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priusexpert April 09 2014 at 4:41 PM

If Hilary Clinton has the same motives as the President currently has I would please ask her to stay out of this mess that he has created and enjoy her life with her daughter and Bill.

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