No pros and cons list yet for Clinton on 2016
June 15th, 2014
02:03 PM ET
5 months ago

No pros and cons list yet for Clinton on 2016

(CNN) - As she weighs whether to launch another bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton described the decision-making process as fluid.

And though she says she's asked daily about a possible 2016 presidential run, she's not quite to the point of making a formal list of the reasons for and against launching a campaign.

"I'm not yet making the lists that I like to do - the pros and the cons. I'm just sort of living my life and seeing how it all feels to me," Clinton said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS's "Sunday Morning."

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The former secretary of state also defended her tenure as America's top diplomat in the face of near constant criticism from the right - specifically over the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans.

"This was in the fog of war and there were a lot of confusing pieces of information flooding into us from the very first moment," she said.

"We did our best to sort it out. I did my best to fully cooperate with the Congress. I respect the Congress' oversight responsibility. But there's a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened-to answers," she added, referring to testimony she gave before a Senate committee hearing last year.

Also on foreign policy, Clinton warned against judging the Obama administration for its decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - an exchange that's stirred up political drama in Washington.

"I don't think any of us - and even I, who served for four years in the administration - can from the outside make that judgment," she said.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Chris-E...al

    Elvis please come back home and run for president and sing one for the money and two for the show ?

    June 15, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. ED 1

    Stay at home and give our Country back to the people not the people paid for you travel and your lack luster career.

    June 15, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Oh, the GOP teaparty SLUGS will make one up,BUT nobody will pay attention because the GOP has no CREDIBILITY on any CURRENT issues.healthcare, minimum wage , voter rights, ANYTHING !!!!!!

    June 15, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. bill

    here is a good start:

    May 29
    Six Trivia Questions

    Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know. Be
    And no, the answers to these questions isn't always "Barack Obama"

    Who said it?

    1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
    A. Karl Marx
    B. Adolph Hitler
    C. Joseph Stalin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the
    few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared
    responsibility, for shared prosperity."

    A. Lenin
    B. Mussolini
    C. Idi Amin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    3) "(We).....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means
    something has to be taken away from some people."
    A. Nikita Khrushev
    B. Joseph Goebbels
    C. Boris Yeltsin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to
    give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common
    ground."

    A. Mao Tse Dung
    B. Hugo Chavez
    C. Kim Jong II
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

    A. Karl Marx
    B. Lenin
    C. Molotov
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the
    most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being
    watched."

    A. Pinochet
    B. Milosevic
    C. Saddam Hussein
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    Scroll down for answers

    Answers
    (1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
    (2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
    (3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

    Want to know something scary? She may be the next president !

    June 15, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    I think it would be so funny if some day in the near future Hillary just casually said "Well I don't think so." Talk about all the wasted money and time, not to mention pseudo-investigations. I wonder if they, the GOTP, will give that money back?

    June 15, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. king

    miss clinton this is some of the pros and cons for running. if you allow the repubs to take this government, with their warmongering selves and selling out our economy by giving corporations tax breaks to take their business to china, this country will be in alot of doo doo. this country cannot sustain multiple wars, and tax cuts to the rich, this will destroy our budget way more than it is right now. everyone know that repubs are a bunch of spend a holic, they just don't like spending the economy monies in this country. they would rather spend billions to destroy a country like Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Russia. and trillions to rebuild it up again. as they snatch up food stamps out of poor babies mouth claiming the country can't afford the penny on the dollar cost to our country. miss Clinton you are the only road the american people have from carnage and economic desaster if repubs should hold power again.

    June 15, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Ray E (Georgia)

    Well don't get ya hopes up. it's out there in spades.

    June 15, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Where do I buy the Rick Perry instant intellectual Phd in worldliness eye glasses ?

    Rick , Hillary , who's next rand ?

    June 15, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Wes

    hillary is a disaster.

    June 15, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Stuffitu

    I would probably vote for her if she promised to take gasoline prices back to the level where they were before the president of the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unions got elected.

    June 15, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Chipster

    @Bill
    Typical of the uninformed right wing: those comments are taken completely out of context or edited to purposely mislead and rated "Pants on Fire" by Politifact. One of the statements was made about reducing tax cuts and loopholes for the wealthiest Americans in order to cover the costs of 2 wars and unfunded Republican programs that simply added to the debt with no revenue to offset them. Right now, Republicans are planning to allow veterans to go to private hospitals because of the backlogs and false reports from some VA hospital administrators. They have proposed other new spending recently with absolutely NO plan to increase taxes, close loopholes, or any other method to cover the costs! Obama's new spending as President is the lowest of any president since Eisenhower (Forbes research). If you have to use these tricks and deception, perhaps you're on the wrong team.

    June 15, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Chipster

    @ED 1
    FYI: Presidents and First Ladies pay for their vacations, clothing, and even for their meals at the White House, unless it's an official state dinner. Granted, the security details are required to go along and protect them wherever they go and that is true for every 1st family. The President gets a salary and a spending allowance for costs related to the office. The Secretary of State is also paid a salary. As for the "lackluster career," that is an opinion not a fact. History will judge the facts, not the political garbage surrounding events.

    June 15, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    bill
    And where is she wrong?

    June 15, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Name. willard

    Hillary clinton was lied her story what happened about bengizina
    Kick out of hillary clinton
    2016

    June 15, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. old age voter

    Pros and Cons List is easy
    Pros = None
    Cons = Hillarie’s entire time in politics

    June 16, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  16. sifto

    Dems cannot be serious about running hillary..aside from all her gaffes, she seems a bit detached from reality on important issues..

    June 16, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |