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Hillary Clinton Will 'Think Seriously' About Running for President in 2016

By Charlie Connell c.connell@hngn.com | Oct 04, 2013 05:52 PM EDT

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Clinton knocked out the potential Democratic field in a Washington Post poll on Thursday, showing that she would handily dispatch scandal-dented Republican hopeful Chris Christie in a 2016 general election. (Photo : Reuters)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that she is going to "think seriously" about running for president in 2016, but she doesn't intend on considering it or making a decision until at least 2014, according to USA Today.

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Clinton was thought to be the frontrunner when the Democratic primaries started in 2008; despite hanging around until the end of the race Clinton eventually bowed out as President Barack Obama won the party's nomination.

Pundits have been speculating that Clinton was planning to mount another presidential run since she decided to step down as Secretary of State. Clinton addressed the issue while she was speaking to business leaders in Long Island, according to Newsday.

"I am not going to begin to think seriously about it until sometime next year," Clinton said. "I will think about it because it's something on a lot of people's minds. And it's on my mind as well. But I want us to think more broadly."

Clinton was critical of the seemingly constant campaigning that politicians engage in these days. The former first lady said that the never-ending speculation about who will be running for president is "bad for the country. Govern now. People have been elected to do a job now. And hold them accountable," according to Newsday.

Jay Jacobs, a former Democratic Party chairman for New York, told Politico that he believes Clinton's decision will be based on the changing political climate.

"What she did emphasize [was that] ultimately her consideration is going to be not so much the issues of the campaign... but issues of how someone, anyone who's elected, would govern in the future," Jacobs said. "It was how you govern, and how you bring the country together to move forward. She was very clear and stated it unequivocally [that] now is not the time for that."

It's not surprising that Clinton wants to wait to make a decision, in a recent interview with New York Magazine she mentioned how much she was enjoying not being involved with politics at the moment.

"It feels great," Clinton said. "I have been on this high wire for twenty years, and I was really yearning to just have more control over my time and my life, spend a lot of that time with my family and my friends, do things that I find relaxing and enjoyable, and return to the work that I had done for most of my life."

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