Clinton reflects on goals in New York speech
April 3rd, 2014
05:00 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton reflects on goals in New York speech

New York (CNN) - Hillary Clinton said she worked to expand the United States' international reach and reputation during her tenure at the State Department, as she reflected on her time leading the agency during a Thursday speech.

While Clinton spoke admiringly of President George W. Bush's PEPFAR program to combat the AIDS virus in Africa, she said part of her mission at State had been to restore prominence to agencies like the U.S. Agency for International Development, which promotes health and economic development abroad.

"We needed to get back to trying to make USAID the premiere development agency in the world, and to be the leader as people looked to see what worked going forward," Clinton told a USAID audience gathered in New York to mark the unveiling of a new U.S. Global Development Lab to increase the program's reach.

Clinton served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, and the Global Development Lab was started during her tenure.

Drawing on lessons from her time in public office, Clinton advised development experts and scientists in the audience Thursday not to forget about P.R. when promoting their projects.

"Don't get so caught up in doing the work and believing how important the work is and what a difference it will make, and neglect telling the story of the work and why you're doing it," Clinton said.

The possible 2016 presidential candidate also urged the audience to try for bipartisan support on their projects.

And she voiced concern about a new climate change report, saying the changes would affect global food production.

But even during a serious policy discussion, Clinton couldn't escape questions about her political future from USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.

"I'm now going to ask you a question about Washington politics," he warned Clinton, who laughed.

"Not that question," Shah added, instead speaking with Clinton about building bipartisan support for development projects.


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  1. bill

    The what difference does it make, pantsuit queen needs to get on her broom and fly off into the sun set. She wants bipartisanship? She is the one that has the revenge list.

    April 3, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Hillary Clinton - Butcher of Benghazi

    The ONLY thing she could claim she did was the infamous Russian Reset and now that has been proven an abject FAILURE. All she did was fly around the world for 4 years on our dime, on an extended vacation. She produced NOTHING.

    April 3, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    @Hillary Clinton – All she did was fly around the world for 4 years on our dime, on an extended vacation. She produced NOTHING.
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    If she runs, she will win. The GOP hasn't won but ONE popular vote in the last 25 yrs. Heck, the redistricted and gerrymandered so much in 2010 that they gained 33 seats in the House – even tho' they received 2 million votes less than the Dems. If the GOP stands a chance in 2016, they'll need to come up with an electable candidate.. something they seem to have trouble finding. We know why!

    April 3, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @bill
    The what difference does it make, pantsuit queen needs to get on her broom and fly off into the sun set. She wants bipartisanship? She is the one that has the revenge list.
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    Please educate yourself as to the context of the "what difference" quote. She was making a point that the deaths of 4 Americans was more important than the partisan grilling she was getting. Are you saying the 4 deaths were not important?

    April 3, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    The Benghazi tin foil hat folks are sad and deluded. But I think what is more striking is the total lack of actual critical arguments made against Ms.Clinton. I mean you could choose:
    – politics,
    – philosophical approach,
    – specifics on her record (real one, not the fantasy one).

    But is this all the conservative tin foil hat bunker folks have going?
    – her appearance
    – imagined unsubstantiated conspiracy theories
    – lies repeated from Rush and Hannity

    Not exactly prize winning dialog.

    April 3, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |