January 29th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
10 years 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."

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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 lifeā€¦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. Love USA

    God Bless her and Bill. Job well done. Take a well deserved rest.

    January 30, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  2. okpodudu

    Please leave her for now so that live she can be a housewife spend quality time with her family

    January 30, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  3. Guy Montag

    Yes, more 'adventures' in lying.....guess we can blame her, ahem, 'concussion' on that....

    January 30, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  4. she and bill have literally MASTERED the art of how to lie...

    and people really want her as president? why? what has she done? as sec state, she accomplished NOTHING of any signficance...nothing...russia reset? failure? libya ? failure...syria? failure...peace process? failure...north korea? failure....

    other than promoting womens issues, which is great, what has she REALLY done?

    nothing....she was a first lady married to a philandering liar, she knew, did nothing, said nothing, she was involved in whitewater, that scandal where she got away from insider banking stuff, then there was their longtime from who shot himself in the head in washington DURING the scandal ....the man who they say knew all the details....then there was her huge lie when she was landing in sarajevo and she said bullets were whizzing all around her, which turned out to be false and for which she was made to retract.....

    so what has she done??????????????????????????????????????????? the PRESS has made her into something she really never was.....amazing how they can just do that.....

    January 30, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  5. Marrod

    Of course she will run for president. She just doesn't want the attention for the time being. Hillary get all the rest you need. It will be exciting to see you doing your thing. We will be patiently waiting, take your time. Mark my words, she will be President Hillary Clinton in 2016. History again.

    January 30, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. texasgoat

    Hillary was recently seen buying a little blue dress...

    January 30, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. Scott


    "Is it even possible to embarrass the Republican Party?"

    Nope. That requires a sense of shame and guilt. They lack both.
    Same could be said about the Democrtic Party, and their left wing liberal agenda, which is destroying this country.

    January 30, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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