Hillary leaves questions on 2016 presidency bid open ended

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 23:49

Washington: Outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today left questions on the possibility of her seeking a presidential run in 2016 open ended, saying she was not inclined to make a decision on that right now.
Considered to be one among the most popular politicians the country has had, Clinton, on being asked multiple times during the more than an hour-long global townerview, reiterated that she is now looking forward to leaving the post of the top American diplomat, getting some rest and writing a memoir.
"I am not thinking about anything like that right now. I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as Secretary of State and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation," Clinton said in response to a question from a journalist in Germany.

"I do want to see more women compete for the highest positions in their countries. And I will do what I can, whether or not it is up to me to make a decision on my own future. I right now am not inclined to do that," Clinton said.

"But I will do everything I can to make sure that women compete at the highest levels not only in the United States but around the world, because I take seriously your question, and I think it`s not only for young women; it`s for our future," Clinton said.

In response to another question from Dubai, Clinton said she will write a memoir.

"I don`t know what I`ll say in it yet, but I`ll have a chance to go into greater detail on this and other matters," she said.

Clinton, just laughed, when an Indian journalist said despite all her denials, people around the globe are waiting to see her back in political action in 2016 as possibly the United States` first woman president.

At the same time Clinton emphasised on the need to break stereotypes in politics.

"We have to break down these attitudes that kind of pigeonhole and stereotype people, like what does a leader look like? Well, a leader looks like somebody who`s a man," Clinton said.

"And in so many ways around the world today -- I`m sitting here with a journalist from Australia, which has a woman prime minister -- women are subjecting themselves to the political process, which is never easy anywhere. And I want to see more of that," she said.

"You have to have a thick skin, I will you that, but it`s really important that women are out there competing at the highest levels of government and business, not only to demonstrate the capacity and quality of women`s leadership, but also to take advantage of the talents of every person we have," Clinton said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 23:48

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