Hillary Clinton says she's 'pragmatic, realistic' about possible bid

Sept. 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton said she wrestles with the idea of running for U.S. president in 2016, though some of her closest aides are certain she'll make a bid.

In an interview with New York magazine, Clinton said she's "both pragmatic and realistic" when it comes to the topic of whether she'll be the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential election.

"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," she said.

While Clinton still waffles with the decision, some of her closest confidants, whose names were not reported, told New York magazine she's definitely going to run, whether she realizes it now or not.

"She's running, but she doesn't know it yet," one friend said. "It's just like a force of history. It's inexorable, it's gravitational. I think she actually believes she has more say in it than she actually does."

"She's doing a very Clintonian thing," another longtime friend said. "In her mind, she's running for it, and she's also convinced herself she hasn't made up her mind. She's going to run for president. It's a foregone conclusion."

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