Clinton says women need to 'step up' to political roles
June 21st, 2013
06:39 PM ET
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Clinton says women need to 'step up' to political roles

(CNN) – Another day, another round of will-she-or-won't-she parsing of Hillary Clinton's remarks about politics.

Speaking in Toronto, Clinton said she wants to see a woman elected president of the United States before she dies – but didn't specify if that woman would be her.

"Hypothetically speaking I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime," Clinton said. She was speaking as part of a women's lecture series in Toronto, and video of her remarks was posted on YouTube Thursday.

"Whether it's next time or the next time after that, it really depends on women stepping up and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult," Clinton continued, recalling a quote from fellow first lady Eleanor Roosevelt warning women entering public life to develop "skin as tough as rhinoceros hide."

In 2008, Clinton made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, though she made it further in the primary process than any previous woman running for the White House.

That year's contest, she said Thursday, was nonetheless an historic occasion for America with the election of the country's first African-American president.

"We did have a historic election with the election of Barack Obama, which was incredibly important for all the obvious reasons given our past, and I hope that we will see a woman elected because I think it would send exactly the right historic signal to girls and women, and to boys and men. And I will certainly vote for the right woman for president," Clinton said.

"You have to step up, dare to compete, get into the process, and then the country has to take that leap of faith," she continued.

Since leaving her post as secretary of state earlier this year, Clinton has embarked on a busy speaking schedule and officially joined the foundation set up by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Initially she'll focus on domestic policy for the group, helping advance scientific research into the first five years of children's lives.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. scott bleyle

    Judging from her past,hope she doesn't have much of a future in politics.

    June 22, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. yogi

    If Hillary wins in 2016, that means it is possible that a president can serve more than 8 years, Bill will be a formidable senior advisor.

    June 22, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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