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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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bloveday36 April 10 2014 at 5:32 AM

Thinking about it - give the country a break and serve by going away - murderer of Bengazi -
sad that people still think you care about America -

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elnpet bloveday36 April 10 2014 at 6:14 AM

All Hillary cares about is her ego. She will be unbelieveable if sshe ever wins that Oval Office. Bill will run the country while Hillary stands around primping. Ego is a terrible thing in the wrong hands.

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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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bottomtime321 April 10 2014 at 8:02 AM

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 agree with her! That's why she should look in the mirror to actually see the Dysfunction up close and personal.

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richiefish bottomtime321 April 10 2014 at 8:11 AM

It was only because the media didn't publish Edwards's fooling around. Had they Hillary would have won the nomination. The media knew that and hid the trueth on Edwards so Obama would win the nomination.

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cagney 0224 bottomtime321 April 10 2014 at 8:44 AM

Hillary could never be the "people's" president, just the democrats' president Because of that the political dysfunction that obama has caused will continue 4 (or 8) more years. And anyone who votes for her just because she is a woman doesn't deserve to have a vote.

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Gordon April 09 2014 at 5:04 PM

In a country of 350,000.000 people - Why do we have to have the same defective people being considered to run for the highest office in the land? Please - enough with the Clintons - and frankly the Bush's can stay retired too.

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rldarch Gordon April 09 2014 at 5:11 PM

Oh yes, a non-flawed Repug like Romenoid from 1950.

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Softball April 09 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hillary, you can flap your wings and screech "What difference does it make?" all you want, but you will never be able to evade that picture of you as uncaring and cold.

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walegatr April 10 2014 at 8:03 AM

Americal will never forget "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE" we only had a US Ambassador, and three security members killed. THINK AMERICA a ? fall and concusion, can not go to Congress to answer what happened.

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rantaki2001 April 10 2014 at 8:04 AM

Think again! The media will bulk so do Democrats.

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aimstreasurer April 10 2014 at 8:08 AM

The mere thought of this woman as President makes me cringe. I cannot believe that the American people would be that stupid...wait, yes, I can believe it...they elected Obama a second time. Maybe it is time to move to Canada...enough of the Clintons.

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forever39buicks aimstreasurer April 10 2014 at 8:25 AM

go on and move then

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giyank1 April 10 2014 at 8:09 AM

God help us all and the USA. A woman Pres. would be nice but not this one. She is Teflon and the media has helped her get away with everything. Media will get here elected like our current body in the white house.

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bilhee April 10 2014 at 8:12 AM

So HiIlary..Tell them you just don't know…and why would you want the job anyway..The affordable Healthcare Act is going to implode shortly after your election ( if elected), because it just isn't funded. It's funded only by subsidies, and has allowed me to buy a great health insurance program for my wife to replace the lousy one she had for 25% of the price because of "subsidies"..which come from where or whom????..got to be the american taxpayer

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forever39buicks bilhee April 10 2014 at 8:24 AM

In twenty years you'll love the Health Care act just as you love Medicare now, if you're over 65 years old. It's always bad for you guys if it helps somebody who is downtrodden, until it starts to put money in your pocket.

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BOB forever39buicks April 10 2014 at 8:52 AM

Yeah just like Pelosi said "You dont have to read it. Just sign the bill and read it later." LOL Maybe in twenty yrs all you dumb ass libs will be a thing of the past.

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