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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Hillary Clinton Guilt Tripped about 2016 Presidential Bid



(CBS) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dodged some version of the question countless times before, but that didn't stop a young woman from asking - and laying on a guilt trip, to boot.

"Mrs. Clinton, if you don't represent women in politics in America as future president, who will?" she asked during a Saturday meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University in Tempe, Ariz., according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Hillary Clinton's top selling point? Not experience

Nearly one in five Americans (18 percent) say that if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to win the 2016 presidential election, the most positive part of her presidency would be her status as the first female president, according to a new Gallup survey.

That's twice as many who said Clinton's experience -- which includes her time as secretary of state, a U.S. senator and the first lady -- would be the best part of her presidency.

From March 15-16, Gallup surveyed Americans about the best and worst aspects of a potential Clinton presidency. The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.

Nearly half of respondents didn't give a substantive answer about the best part of her theoretical presidency, while nearly half didn't have a substantive answer about the worst part. That's in large part because the majority of Republicans didn't say what the best part would be, while the majority of Democrats didn't say what the worst part would be, according to Gallup.

No single issue stood out as the worst part of a potential Hillary Clinton administration. Six percent of Americans said she is not qualified or would not succeed as president. Four percent said they don't want a woman president, while another 4 percent said her winning in the first place would be the worst part. Three percent said she is dishonest, while another 3 percent said that the worst thing about her presidency would be having former President Bill Clinton back in the White House.

Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, who was presiding over the discussion, jumped in: "To add to that, when you do run for president will you use the old Clinton campaign lawn signs?"

Mrs. Clinton, who was joined onstage by her daughter Chelsea and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, didn't bite.

"Look, I am very much concerned about the direction of our country. And it's not just who runs for office, but what they do when they get there," she said. "I'm obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions."

Mrs. Clinton, also a former senator and first lady, has said she's considering another bid for the presidency, and that she'll make a decision one way or another later this year.

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Kimmel (above) also asked Mrs. Clinton, who is 66, whether she and Mr. Clinton will have another child.

"Well, no, but I wouldn't mind one of those grandchildren I hear so much about," she said.

Chelsea Clinton (pictured with Kimmel)  joked about her mom's "unapologetic pressure, in public and private."


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