January 29th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton talks future 'adventures'

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday in an interview with CNN that she still has "absolutely no plans to run" for president but added she's looking forward to more "adventures" down the road.

"I am lucky because I've been very healthy. I feel great. I've got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I'm very fortunate," she told CNN's Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott. "I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is."

Pressed further on whether she has ruled out another White House bid, Clinton said; "I have absolutely no plans to run."

"I don't know everything I'll be doing. I'll be working on behalf of women and girls, hopefully writing and speaking, those are the things that I'm planning to do right now," she added.

She also appeared unaware that a super PAC, "Ready for Hillary," had formed recently in support of a possible run.

"Is there really?" Clinton asked.

Her successor, Sen. John Kerry, was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday afternoon.

When Clinton official leaves her post, she'll be capping a run of public service that includes being a first lady, U.S. senator, presidential candidate and the nation's top diplomat.

Asked what it will feel like to suddenly have some free time, Clinton said it's "going to take some adjustment."

"I've been talking to colleagues who left the government earlier, and the most common thing they say to me is don't make any decisions, you have no idea how tired you are," she said.

Clinton has repeatedly brushed aside questions about a potential presidential run and has yet to be specific about her plans. While she has previously said she was not interested in running at all, her answers of late have been less firm.

But Clinton said for now, she's ready for some rest.

"I know it sounds vague because I have never done this before in my life…to have the luxury of nowhere to go nothing to do, no frantic call about calling some leader about some impending crisis," Clinton said. "I'm actually interested to see how that goes."

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea, are both involved in philanthropic and public service efforts. Asked about their plans as a family, Clinton said she's not sure what the next few years will look like.

"I think we'll work all that out, it's going to be fun to talk about what our next adventures might be," she said.

Finishing up the wide-ranging interview, Clinton thanked Dougherty and Labott, two reporters who have covered Clinton extensively over the last four years at the State Department.

"We'll have some adventures and maybe the two of you will come along again sometime," she said.

READ MORE: Exiting State, Clinton looks to writing, speaking

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Please Hillary, please consider. When we have the right wing nuts out in 2014(trust me we will, and they know it) we can get things started. It's always the people with the least amount of education who are the loudest...think Sarah Palin and the Republicans from the Red states who suck up the majority of the governments resources.

    January 29, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Gil

    I saw an awful lot of traveling, but no accomplishments. Cost the taxpayer alot of money for nothing!!!!!

    January 29, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Big_D

    She can start with a multi-million dollar liable suit on Graham. How can she run for president with this constant slander from FOX?

    January 29, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Big_D

    I wish Bill and Hillary both started suing everyone that has slandered them and taking the maximum they can get in each case. This would keep a billion dollar law firm in work for years.

    January 29, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Big_D

    Benghazi investigation proved the house didn't approve enough funding for security and Rubio is most likely the source of the bad intelligence reported by Rice.

    January 29, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. josh rogen

    it's nice that the party media has already appointed her the next president it'll save billions on primary and general election cost not to mention the hassle of voting.

    January 29, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Teresa

    It is a shame she is not running. But it is her decision.

    January 29, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. ronjayaz

    I will never forget the DNC & Bill Clinton fabulous delivery of the most entertaining reason Y President O'Bama shud be re-elected. "Arithmetic!!" He was hilarious. However, we have to think of the Democratic Party. Hilary has been seriously damaged by Benghazi. Her resorting to tears (a man cudnt do that) was pure womanhood of old. And speaking of old she's also damaged as was her fall. Unfortunately, Joe Biden wont cut it either. There has to be a secret candidate in the wings.Besides, it too early to even consider who for 2016.

    January 29, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Shecky

    Hillary's "new adventure" should be to exercise, lose weight and find herself a good hair stylist.

    January 29, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    " and give the Democrats and other Progressives two more terms to help (?) Americans". By the end of 16 years of Socialist Democrat rule, there would not be an America to help. Surely you jest!.

    January 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. bman

    She has done enough damage, It's time for her to go out to pasture, maybe get her daughter knocked up so she can become a grandmother. good Riddance Ms. Roddham.
    It's not about Benghazi it's about the larger issue of the botched Arab Spring opportunity. She put us squarely on the side of the status quo all over the region. Then when Syria blew up we looked like fools for suggesting Assad step aside. The whole thing was a giant US diplomacy opportunity, and it was missed at best and bungled at worst.
    Now we are supporting the Muslim brotherhood with taxpayer dollars in Egypt. Thanks a lot Hillary.

    January 29, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Okpodudu

    Americans leave the housewife to have quality time and living with her family

    January 29, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. bman

    It's not about Benghazi it's about the larger issue of the botched Arab Spring opportunity. She put us squarely on the side of the status quo all over the region. Then when Syria blew up we looked like fools for suggesting Assad step aside. The whole thing was a giant US diplomacy opportunity, and it was missed at best and bungled at worst.
    Now we are supporting the Muslim brotherhood with taxpayer dollars in Egypt. Thanks a lot Hillary.

    January 29, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. daniel

    It is a treat to see that this idiot Republican party start worrying and having sleepless night knowing the fact that Hillary is running in 2016.

    January 29, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Rob

    No, she didn't "get away with murder". She will be held to account by the public in less than four years!!!

    January 29, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. carol

    I THINK Hillary would be a great addition and needed for the Supreme Court.

    January 29, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. bankrupt1

    OK. now focus on your health. run, bike, swim. chase it down. get rid of the grain, eat some salt, whatever you have to do. register for some big event that you want to do, pay now because they close registration on a lot of that stuff . you don't have to tell the world, but whatever works for you. then once you register for that...you have to get in shape for that. you can't just show up at the marathon/tri/bike ride/whatever . you have to actually train. so that's your motivation for the day to day stuff. stay hydrated. i suppose you have to listen to those bozo doctors for a while...but try to work your way away back to health. you're not old.

    January 29, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. middle of the road

    Hey Freedom,
    Give it a rest already. She answered the questions. How about Bush and his cronies answer why they all lied about WMD to start a war to avenge his Daddys smackdown. Or how he ignored Intel about 9-11. Or the many other BS situations they dug the USA into.
    Signed a regretful voter of Bush who will gladly vote for Hillary Clinton into the Oval office.

    January 29, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. maggie

    Sorry to see her go. History will look with favor on her service.

    January 29, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. OldMo

    ". . .working on behalf of women. . ." Like toppling gov'ts and inserting Muslim Brotherhood leadership? "What does it matter?" Nothing to see here, move along.

    January 30, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. Pam

    Just enjoy your time off Hilary. Just have a cigar and enjoy!!

    January 30, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. rvoter

    If she is so great why did she lose to Obama?

    January 30, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  23. Dick Guzinia

    Try telling the truth.
    Lying cottage cheese smuggling cankleasaurus.

    January 30, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  24. Catherine Max

    Jeez, I love you Right Wing folks. Bush could do no wrong. Citizens died left and right under his watch including embassy staff - where was your howling and swinging from the trees screeching like monkeys then??Huh? In case you didn't know it, we cannot control everything that happens in the world. But if you want to place blame , how about placing it on Congress that rejected additional funding for embassy security?? What's that?? I can't hear you.....speak up!

    January 30, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  25. John Dezell

    She has been the best Secretary of State in my lifetime and I wish her all the best. I'm sure she will figure things out about what she wants to do next, I'm sure it will have to do with helping people and hopefully more public service. Good luck Mrs. Clinton.

    January 30, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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