Hillary Clinton ‘Pragmatic and Realistic’ on Presidential Run

Hillary Clinton wrestles with the decision to run for President and is not in a hurry to announce her plans anytime soon, according to an interview in "New York" magazine

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton wrestles with the decision to run for the presidency and is not in a hurry to announce her plans anytime soon.

Those are just some of the takeaways in New York magazine’s substantial profile of the former Secretary of State, online today, which represents her first extended interview since stepping down from her post at the State Department.

“I’m both pragmatic and realistic,” she said when asked about a presidential run. “I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right for the country. I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other.”

We also learn in the piece that Hillary and former President Bill Clinton are finding joy at the moment in the simple pleasures of everyday life. For the first time in decades, neither Clinton holds an elected office or is campaigning for one, the New York piece reminds us. Both are currently working at the nonprofit now known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which holds its annual conference in New York City next week.

“We get to be at home together a lot more now than we used to in the last few years,” the former Secretary of State told the magazine. “We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim.”

The influence of the Clintons’ daughter Chelsea is growing as well, with Hillary telling the magazine that their daughter “is now the chief Bill Clinton gatekeeper.” She’s even assisting with upcoming HBO documentary about the former President, directed by Martin Scorsese.

[New York]

11 comments
face_the_fact
face_the_fact

After reading the Time Magazine issue of  Sep. 9, 2013 commentary by Joe Klein: "The Clintons Need a Restart", somehow, I got an impression that the Clintons are the 薄錫來 and 谷開來 of United States of America.

stonecutter0602
stonecutter0602

HRC is an absolutely polarizing figure in American politics, so if she runs, she will have factored that reality into her decision, and she and her advisors will in effect be affirming the hard split between left and right, the existence of "Two Americas".  IMO she'll have every bit as much trouble governing as Obama, perhaps even more so, because of her gender, her history as First Lady and "tolerance" of her husband's flagrant philandering (personally, I couldn't care less about that stuff, but the truth is millions of Americans still do get hung up on it), and her baggage concerning the Iraq war and Benghazi. 

She should take a pass, I agree her "ship has sailed"; she should be a king (or queen) maker, throw her political weight behind someone who has at least the track record and potential skills to build some bridges with the saner elements of the GOP, and further isolate the nutjobs in Congress.  This would be the responsible thing to do, so given recent history, it's unlikely it'll happen.  She'll probably run, and we'll be treated to another few years of polarizing, self-absorbed, useless entertainment at the country's expense.   

Robinm
Robinm

I love Hills I really do.  But I don't want her to run.  She's the only reason I'm a dem.  I was always an independent leaning liberal  but I changed to be a Dem, basically because I wanted her to beat Barack.  But now that time has past, and by the time she runs, it will have been 8 years.  As much as I adore her and will always think that her hubby so far was the greatest president of all time 2nd to abe ( obviously because of emancipation ), I just think her ship has sailed, and I want a younger, more energetic woman as President.  Hey, maybe Chelsea!

littleredtop
littleredtop

Millions of good citizens, those who are making significant monetary, civic and creative contributions to American society, will relocate to another country should this woman win the next presidential race.  Many will return to their roots in Great Britain, the Scandinavian countries or Germany and others will choose Switzerland, Canada or the Caribbean.  A country such as Canada could benefit greatly from the intellectual resources those people would carry with them. 

jmac
jmac

@stonecutter0602  She's only a polarizing figure because the press helped Fox make both her and her husband into polarizing figures.  The witch hunt was only second in a circus to the fiasco that we let Cheney and Bush get away with.   If she had an "R" behind her name, she'd be the second coming of Margaret Thatcher to the Republican party. 

Why should Fox and wing nuts get to decide who Democrats put up?  The only reason I don't want her to run is I don't think America and the Democratic party deserve her.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@stonecutter0602 No she will run, she wants to make history ,like the moron in the oval office know, plus she needs to get Bill back for his BJ in the Oval office. it would be great revenge for her to give a BL to an intern in the Oval office.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Robinm You must have taken the short bus to school. the thing that most people remember about Billy was the BJ he got from Monica, he was and is a clown and a disgrace You must be young and without a doubt naive.

p1arc
p1arc

@littleredtop Who like the Koch brothers or maybe people like you. well don't let the screen door hit you in the ass. See ya.

DanBruce
DanBruce

@littleredtop As a lifelong Democrat, I hope Hillary decides against running, and I've said that I will sit out the election if she does, but, if you are correct about all those "rich" folks running for the hills, I may just have to reconsider. You've given me the best reason I have heard so far for voting for Hillary. Now, if Bill will just move to Europe, that will be another good reason.

jhoughton1
jhoughton1

@Openminded1 @Robinm Robin, when you get rude comments from spittle-sprayers and insulters -- the kind who can without irony label themselves "openminded" -- then you know you're doing something right.  Keep it up.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jhoughton1 @Openminded1 @Robinm Nice of you to stick up for robin I know you must be a wonderful person looking for praise from all the bleeding hearts. The moniker  opeminded 1 is meant to be ironic moron and insults make you and her stronger people, just look you get to answer back with something you think is witty. is that not fun? You stay cool now and do not be to thin skinned, I am not  that is why I enjoy life as opposed to moron cry babies like you.