Washington: Hillary Clinton says she knows she has a decision to make about running to become the first female US president, and believes "we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics".
The former secretary of state told People magazine she wants to enjoy the moment – she is about to become a grandmother – as she considers "what I think is right for me". But she says many in the US think the nation has "unfinished business" in sending the first woman to the White House.
"I`m certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics," she said. "To have a woman president is something I would love to see happen, but I`ll just have to make my own decision about what I think is right for me."
The interview was posted a few days before the release of Clinton`s new book on her four years as Barack Obama`s secretary of state. She told the magazine she remained "concerned about what I see happening in the country and the world".
She said she will consider her future in the coming months, with "the extra joy of I`m about to become a grandmother".
She described a life partially removed from politics after spending the past two decades in the public eye. She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, "totally binge-watched" the political TV show House of Cards and she has done water aerobics and yoga in her spare time.
Clinton said she did not read a recent essay written by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, saying she had "moved on". Asked if she regretted calling Lewinsky a "narcissistic loony toon", Clinton said she was unwilling to talk about the scandal that nearly ended her husband`s presidency. "I`m not going to comment on what did and didn`t happen. I think everybody needs to look to the future," she said.