Hillary Clinton, artful dodger of 'the question'

2014-06-18 12:47

(AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - She said on Tuesday she's been asked "a million different ways," but during her book tour Hillary Clinton has perfected her dodge to the oft-repeated question: Will she run for president?

A simple "I don't know yet" no longer suffices for anxious Americans eager to see whether the person who tops nearly all polls as the presumptive 2016 White House frontrunner will throw her hat in the ring.

"I've been asked this a million different ways," Clinton told a live town hall event on Tuesday broadcast on CNN.

"I am thinking about all of the choices I face. And I'm trying not to get into the decision-making mode, where I'm going pluses and minus and the rest."

The 66-year-old Clinton has artfully avoided giving away too much too soon as she criss-crosses the country, first in a speech series and now on tour peddling "Hard Choices," her memoir about her tenure running the State Department.

Remaining ubiquitous

At the risk of overexposure, Clinton has made herself ubiquitous. In just the past week she has given interviews to US networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News, to Britain's BBC, Germany's ZDF and Canada's CTV.

Print interviews include Paris Match, Stern and People magazine, and she has held book signings or given addresses in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston and Washington. At virtually every stop, the question is unavoidable.

"I know I have a decision to make," she told People recently, deflecting yet another attempt at gleaning the slightest hint about her plans.

"I'm going to decide when it feels right for me to decide," she told ABC, adding that such a decision would be announced after November's mid-term congressional elections, and perhaps as late as early 2015.

The question is also most likely being posed by the senators with whom she served in Washington for eight years and who openly back her candidacy, and by the deep-pocketed donors who hope for a Clinton return to the White House.

"Well, I am running - around the park," she chuckled to ABC's daytime talk show "The View" late last month.

Renewing the American dream

She has turned serious too, writing in her memoir that the question is less can you win the election but "'What's your vision for America?' and 'Can you lead us there?'

"The challenge is to lead in a way that unites us again and renews the American Dream. That's the bar, and it's a high one," she wrote.

She is also leaning on a convenient personal excuse: her status as grandmother-in-waiting, with daughter Chelsea expecting her first baby later this year.

"I don't know what I will want to do after this new person comes into our family," she told CTV.

Meanwhile, "I love my life right now," she told NBC. "I want to feel that I'm making the best choice for me as well as the best choice for my country."

Read more on:    hillary clinton  |  us
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.