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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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    To be clear: it would not be a good idea for Hillary to take for granted the female vote. She's tried that once already.

    April 4, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.
    PS: first woman president in History.

    April 4, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. CALIFORNIA

    Virginia Democrat James P. Moran says congress doesn't make enough. This is typical of the party.

    Maybe if CNN reported news on their party (democrats) they wouldn't be labeled a tabloid.

    April 4, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    She runs, she wins.

    April 4, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Gunderson

    Humm,
    Now why Rise and Fall of Roman Empire come to mind? No doubt Hillary running. No doubt country heading to oblivion if Liberals keep getting elected.

    April 4, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    No story on the torture memos released in the Senate yesterday? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld need to be held accountable.

    April 4, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Favorite quote from Ms.Clinton. Very insightful and wise. Direct counterpoint to the Tea Party mentality.
    ""We need a very open, evidence-based, mature conversation," she said, adding: "Compromise is an essential part of running a great democracy."
    "open" – as opposed to TP hiding things like Conservative Christian take over behind "religious freedom"
    "evidence-based" – as opposed to all the conspiracy theory folks – IRS, Benghazi, area 51, etc.
    'mature" – as opposed to TP shooting for the knee-jerk low IQ emotional base
    "compromise" – as opposed to the TP/GOP no compromise stated goals and purity tests

    April 4, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @CALIFORNIA
    Virginia Democrat James P. Moran says congress doesn't make enough. This is typical of the party.
    ----------
    Hey I saw this one guy....
    By this logic: I lived in California and once met a dishonest 50 year old man named Ted.
    Therefore all people in California are 50 year old men named Ted.
    Thanks for showing that logic and reason need not have a place in political comments.

    April 4, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    US republican representative from Wisconsin, complained about how little he made, and was upset that people asked if he would not take money as a result of the republican government shutdown. This is what republicans are all about.

    April 4, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Sorry, Sean Duffy is the republican rep from WI.

    April 4, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Read about Wisconsin republican assemblyman, Bill Kramer. Now there is a republican.

    April 4, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. not normal

    California, the other option is to take Koch brothers money like the gop? Your funny! Lmao. Your party reeks of corruption.

    April 4, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Dex Banner

    At the kickoff of the Women in the World Summit, Clinton said Russia needed to be put in its "proper place," with IMF chief Christine Lagarde[5] Many women attain political standing due to kinship ties, as they have male ..... drastically changing the number of female representatives in political power, ... Greetings from http://dbproductreview.tumblr.com/

    April 4, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. edutron

    The next thing she will doing is going around blaming Kent State on the Iraq wars. It never ends with this person!

    April 4, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. not normal

    Come on just saying, give us your best madam president, lmao.

    April 4, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. smith

    @Dutch-I wouldn`t get your hopes up on a war crimes for Bush and the gang. Obama already covered for them.

    April 4, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. smith

    @Silence-Now Silence you can`t get Cali on that one. You and others have claimed the tea partiers are racist because a couple of morons waived confederate flags.

    April 4, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Humm,
    Now why Rise and Fall of Roman Empire come to mind? No doubt Hillary running. No doubt country heading to oblivion if Liberals keep getting elected.
    ---------------------
    Why the Roman Empire? You tell us. The two biggest factors that contributed to the Fall was overreach when it came to extending the size of the Empire, and bad wine that was consumed by the ruling elite ... ... it killed them off.

    April 4, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Donna

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

    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.

    April 4, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    edutron
    The next thing she will doing is going around blaming Kent State on the Iraq wars. It never ends with this person!
    ----
    That has to be the most ridiculous post I have read, and you Hannity viewers come up with doozies.

    April 4, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House
    No story on the torture memos released in the Senate yesterday? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld need to be held accountable.
    ---–
    Bush, Cheney and Rummy all lied. They lied us into war, lied about torture, then lied because no credible evidence or intel came from torture. Thousands killed, tens of thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. War crimes?

    April 4, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Think Progress reports: "Loss Of Unemployment Benefits Has Now Cost Almost $5 Billion As Congress Dithers"
    "evidence based"

    Haha...I'm not sure GOPers/Teatrolls can even force that phrase past their lips, let alone have conversations in that manner.

    April 4, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Donna – Justify the 9-11-2001, attack with almost 3000 killed, then justify the 15 embassy attacks with 50 deaths under W, and then tell us how 4500 US Troops were killed and 45,000 wounded in an unnecessary war. You cannot ignore the ineptness of the previous occupant of the White House, and blame Benghazzi deaths on Hillary. The hearings supported her testimony. Hannity and Beck are lying to you.

    April 4, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    @Silence-Now Silence you can`t get Cali on that one. You and others have claimed the tea partiers are racist because a couple of morons waived confederate flags.
    ---------
    There is a quite a difference. California is calling out one person that most liberals would condemn, as an example. I have seen the evidence of systematic and direct quotes from major Tea Party folks running for office with purity approval supporting my point of view.

    As an example of what I consider tacit approval: At a rally where Plain was speaking there were many racism slogans and posters and obvious racism – not just some a couple of morons. Palin observed this sea of morons and said nothing. That is not a one off and not a coincidence. And that is a "leader" wanna-be giving approval.

    April 4, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    edutron
    The next thing she will doing is going around blaming Kent State on the Iraq wars. It never ends with this person!
    --
    That has to be the most ridiculous post I have read, and you Hannity viewers come up with doozies.
    ------–
    I think the conservative commentators should check the random phrase generators they are using once in a while to make it even makes sense before posting the Next Big Conspiracy. Or maybe not – the average person needs to see how far the tin foil hat has fallen.

    April 4, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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