After being revealed as Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2013, a title she held for the first edition in 1993, Hillary Clinton addressed the 2016 Presidential campaign rumor mill that will make in her decision to run next year. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 aired as an ABC News special on the network on Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, 2013.
Every since Clinton ran for President in 2008 and lost the Democratic Presidential nomination to Barack Obama, there has been speculation whether she would run again after Obama's terms would be up. The speculation only heightened when last January, Clinton decided not to continue on as Secretary of State for President Obama's second term, leading the media and supporters to believe she was preparing for a presidential run in 2016.
Hillary Clinton is widely considered by various polls taken this past year as the number one choice for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination, with current Vice President Joe Biden a very distant second. In a new Des Moines Register poll Clinton has a "89 percent favorability" among "Democratic voters."
Discussing the number one question on interviewers list to Hillary Clinton, Clinton told Walters; "I haven't made up my mind. Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year." Continuing the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State expressed; "It's such a difficult decision, and it's one that I'm not going to rush into ... and I don't think we should be looking at the next election." Even if Hillary is hesitant about running Walters was not and encouragingly told Clinton; "You gotta run."
In her speaking engagements this past year, Clinton has stayed away from controversial political issues, still both Hilary and former President Bill Clinton waded back in the political arena by publicly supporting and campaigning for Terry McAuliffe's victorious campaign for Governor of Virginia.
Clinton believes there are more important issues that need to be taken care of before thinking of the next presidential campaign, and listed some of the important economic issues; "I think we should be looking at the work that we have today. Our unemployment rate is too high. We have people getting kicked off food stamps who are in terrible economic straits. Small business is not getting credit, I could go on and on, so I think we ought to pay attention to what's happening right now." Despite objecting to discussing 2016, the economic problems listed sounded very much like campaign issues.
Since retiring from her post as Secretary of State effective in January 2013, both Hillary and Bill Clinton has spent 2013 as the first year that neither of them has a public service post since the 1980s. It has also been the first year Hillary has not had her own position in Washington since 2001 when she was first sworn in as the junior senator from New York.
Clinton described to Walters what the year of freedom from work has been like for them both; "I knew that I wanted to get off this high wire that I had been on for so long. To spend time just doing things that give us a lot of joy, playing with our dogs, going to movies, just hanging out."
The topic however, could not stay long away from a potential 2016 run, Walters asked Clinton what Bill thinks of her taking another try at the presidency, Hillary responded that he has been "very respectful" and "He wants me to do what I think is right." However, humor took over when trying to determine what Bill would be called if Hillary would make that history making trek to the White House, Clinton responded with a joke; "I have no idea. First mate, I don't know."
After nearly 238 years the United States still has not yet elected a female president, unlike many other major nations in the world, leaving the position of the first female president's husband still as unchartered waters. Speaking of female world leaders, Clinton expressed how important it is for there to be a female president elected in the U.S., whether it is her or someone else, saying; "It matters. It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, raising children and, of course, I want to see women eventually in the White House."
Clinton also believes it is the women in American politics who are the conciliators and the ones with the ability to end the intense partisanship in Washington; "If you look at my friends and former colleagues, who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators, on both sides of the aisle, who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and the debt limit. ... They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that."
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 it is part of a farewell series from the ABC network to longtime journalist, host, producer, and interviewer of presidents and political figures, Barbara Walters, who is retiring this May. It is significant that Hillary Clinton was the named the most fascinating in Walters last edition of the list, because she had chose Clinton as the first person to the top the list in 1993. Then Hillary Clinton was finishing her first year as First Lady and her national political journey only beginning. By next year this time we will know the answer to the question if Hillary will try another time to finally break that glass ceiling.