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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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aunty April 09 2014 at 4:49 PM

my opinion she has blood on her hands from four AMERICAN men that she helped with,this is not a good candidate , her response to a crisis would be at this time what does it matter,,i want somebody who care about the AMERICAN people and service men and women,

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westjeffreylee April 10 2014 at 7:53 AM

If Hillary Clinton runs and actually gets voted in we the people should be ashamed! Why would anyone vote that criminal into the white house?

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pinochlenana April 09 2014 at 4:45 PM

How many reasons for old hilary not to run. Lets see, too old, bad health, had been caught in one lie after another, does not care a hoot about people on social security ( her comment when billy boo was prez) when asked what was happening with social security?? Her answer, "The people don't need to know". Twice on film when she went with prez bush to ground zero after the attack, and both times seen laughing with a group of her croonies. She has lied so many times to the people, yet there are still those out there that think she will make a good prez. God help us

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dark0455 April 09 2014 at 4:44 PM


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truthwillneverdie April 10 2014 at 7:54 AM

She hit her head once too often.

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jdsept truthwillneverdie April 10 2014 at 8:19 AM

It was Bush two who kept falling off the mountain bike.

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Janie April 10 2014 at 7:55 AM

Hillary...I implore you to refrain from making a decision to ever do so...PERMANENTLY! Only then might all other Americans have any hope of starting to enjoy their own lives and have fun again as well!

This country has had more than enough of her and every progressive fanatic of "change" doing everything they can to destroy it...while burying every one of us for their political gain! We've had 6 long years of this garbage. Not sure how much more we'll put up with it without a revolution. If we continue to allow this experiment of failure, we'll NEVER get our country back on a healthy, exceptional, constitutional first-world track, which is exactly what they are striving for.

This bimbo harped on Obama about his incompetence during the 2008 campaign blathering on about that dreaded 3:00 a.m. phone call he wouldn't be capable of handling. Then Benghazi hit and Americans found that she had been right...but failed to include herself as well. Over a year later she STILL isn't taking that call!

And she has the audacity to believe she has earned our vote????

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jdsept Janie April 10 2014 at 8:18 AM

LOL LOL Every GOPer running against Romney and McCain harped on them. Wow opposition harping on somebody's incompetence when running against them. Now that's a new concept. The Obama campaign used some of Newts statements against Romney in campaign ads. Have fun again? I have been continuing to have fun. But than again I made enough under Big Bill to retire at 49.

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jana06782feher April 10 2014 at 7:55 AM

She is a socalist

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copes45colt April 09 2014 at 7:38 PM

If she runs , I think she'll be extremely embarassed. I wouldn't vote for her if she ran against hitler the same goes for Obama the Hun!

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tenderlies1 copes45colt April 09 2014 at 7:46 PM

Thats so childish, grow up, mature go out and learn the real world. You do not have a CLUE

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eeodjo copes45colt April 09 2014 at 8:03 PM

Okay, don't vote, it is your right. Needless to say, it was also your right that you have voted for George W. Bush, who turned this country into ruins and an economic recession. And during his presidency, we lost a lot of good men because of an UNWANTED war with Iraq and Afghanistan. Were you not EMBARASSED when an Iraqi journalist, shown on television network , THREW A SHOE AT G.W. BUSH, your ILLUSTRIOUS president??? You should be, if you had any common sense.

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chuckhalper eeodjo April 09 2014 at 8:48 PM

You mean the IRAQ invasion that Hillary R Clinton voted for, defended on TV, and even to Huffington Post. That Iraq? Bush didn't do it alone...congress was there to, including Hillary and Harry Reid when it comes to IRAQ.
Using your never ending left argument about Bush being a disaster, OK how about this? If she is so dumb as to be fooled by Bush , who needs her?

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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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Owen April 09 2014 at 6:00 PM

thinking about it????................she cant wait to run!!!

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jj2301 Owen April 09 2014 at 6:07 PM

Yeah, even that falsely pensive look she's trying to put on is transparent. On the plus side, her administration would be transparent - anything she said could be assumed to be a lie.

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