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Hillary 2016: Tired Clinton on Running for President, Exercise, Travel

By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 12 Nov 2012 01:03 PM

The questions about a potential run for president in 2016 won't end for Hillary Clinton, and the secretary of state appears to have left the door open in a recent interview.

“Oh, I’ve ruled it out, but you know me. Everybody keeps asking me. So I keep ruling it out and being asked. . . . I have no idea what I’m going to do next,” Clinton said in an interview with New York Times Columnist Gail Collins published over the weekend.

If Clinton does plan to run in 2016, she is playing it cool for the time being. With a 70 percent approval rating as secretary of state, Clinton says she's simply thinking of taking a break.

“I am so looking forward to next year. I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax,” Clinton told Collins. “It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it.”

Clinton’s apparent unwillingness to definitively rule out the possibility of a 2016 presidential run has already triggered reaction from online bloggers.

The Huffington Post’s Paul Abrams, speaking in regards to the current Democratic field for the 2016 election, claimed that Clinton is the only one who has the “charisma to spark a movement, to inspire the selfless volunteers.”

Analysts are already predicting that if the secretary of state decides to run in four years, the 2016 race could be another Clinton vs. Bush election considering former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a leading contender for the GOP presidential ticket next time around.

In addition to having a popular, former president as a husband and powerful campaign operative, Clinton already enjoys the status of frontrunner.  According to a Public Policy Poll reported by Politico last Friday in which she would receive 58 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucus if it were held now.

Clinton will be 69 years old if she decides to run in 2016.

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