April 4th, 2014
10:34 AM ET
9 months ago

Clinton and Lagarde high five female political power

New York (CNN) - Though Hillary Clinton demurred Thursday about any chance she'll run for president in 2016, she seemed every bit the candidate during an evening appearance.

The former secretary of state participated in a question and answer session with International Monetary Fund chair Christine Lagarde at the Women in the World forum in New York, and an enthusiastic audience seemed to see the pair as future world leaders.

Moderator and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman prodded the two women about whether they might run for larger roles - Clinton for U.S. president and Lagarde for European Commission head.

"Madame Secretary is there any other job you'd be interested in?" Friedman asked Clinton, who smiled but did not take the bait.

"Not right now," she responded.

But she and Lagarde did provide the largely female audience with a memorable image, when the two clasped hands in a high-five celebrating women's political power.

During the discussion on a stage at Lincoln Center, Clinton advised women in the audience to focus on education and confidently pursue their career ambitions. She lamented what she called a double standard for women in the workplace, and criticized the media as being the biggest propagator of that imbalance.

Clinton also weighed in on topics ranging from Russian power to Iran negotiations. She said she had devoted an entire chapter to Iran in her upcoming book on her State Department tenure, adding that the increased sanctions on Iran during that time made Iranian leaders open to the preliminary nuclear deal signed late last year.

When asked about the political atmosphere in Washington, Clinton suggested things needed to change.

"We need a very open, evidence-based, mature conversation," she said, adding: "Compromise is an essential part of running a great democracy."

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  1. salty dog

    Leave it to Donna to beat a horse that's been dead so long it just raises dust. You still haven't seen the hearings, I'm sure she was clear, the irony of you politicising her statement, that was complaining about your politicising the issue, genius, only in the gop, drink up girl.

    April 4, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. danicalifornia

    Yet another non-story about Hillary from CNN just to keep her in the news. How much money did she receive for attending this forum? Now that would have been a story.

    April 4, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "We need a very open, evidence-based, mature conversation," she said, adding: "Compromise is an essential part of running a great democracy."

    Well, that pretty much eliminates the repub/tea bags ...

    April 4, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Donna: ""We need a very open, evidence-based, mature conversation," she said, adding: "Compromise is an essential part of running a great democracy."
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    That is quite amazing coming from the person that refuses to tell the American people what she was doing while one of her direct reports was being murdered along with 3 others in Benghazi. All while people in Washington were monitoring almost live. And then she throws Susan Rice to lie to the American people about a video so she won't be caught in the long trail of lies. This woman proved she is no leader when that 3am phone call came and she hung up and rolled over.

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    Donna, she did answer – you just don't like what she said. "All while people in Washington were monitoring almost live." But they weren't monitoring it live – and just like with all acts of war/incidents like this, there was initial confusion as to what happened.

    Case in point: This week's shooting at Fort Hood. The explanation of what happened is still unfolding; have you been complaining that the story has "changed" since the initial moments of the aftermath, claiming the spokepeople have been lying and there's some kind of sinister cover-up?

    BTW, were you ever this upset about the 13 attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions during the GW presidency? I've noticed you've never answered that...

    April 4, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Me

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "We need a very open, evidence-based, mature conversation," she said, adding: "Compromise is an essential part of running a great democracy."

    Well, that pretty much eliminates the repub/tea bags ...
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    What party stated they would NOT compromise?? I will give you a hint, it was NOT the GOP.....and in the end, what the GOP was asking for Obama did anyway....

    April 4, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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