Hillary Clinton will officially step down as Secretary of State on Friday. Today, the world will have the opportunity to interview her at the Newseum in Washington, DC. She’ll take questions via satellite, and from social media outlets to interact with a global audience. The event will be streamed live online in partnership with YouTube.
Is this a sign that Clinton is making a move to run for president in 2016?
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen weighs in this morning on the global town hall meeting and on Clinton’s role as Secretary of State and her future.
“She's having a wonderful farewell, and I think she's probably enjoying every minute of it and frankly,” Gergen says, “she deserves it.”
Enormously popular, Clinton has been pressured about a run for president in 2016 by many in her party. Gergen believes she doesn't know yet if she will run. “I think there's going to be a question of her health that she has to consider, and at some point she'll have to come forward and people will want to know what her health records are if she decides to run,” Gergen says.
He comments on Clinton’s legacy as Secretary of State, which he says the public narrative shows is quite substantive. “The dignity with which she carried herself, the fact that she and President Obama did seem to go more from the team of rivals to the team of friends, all of that I think are still in good standing,” Gergen says. “I think her record as Secretary Of State will be a strong plus not a minus.”
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton will go down "as one of the finest secretaries of state" as he sat next to her in their first joint interview Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes."
"The main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say 'thank you,'" he said when asked why he wanted to do the interview with his former political foe.
Bill Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff Thomas "Mack" McLarty, who has known the former president since kindergarten, weighs in on the rare interview on Starting Point this morning, saying that the "genuineness of their relationship came through."
"They work together. I think they've had an extraordinary run at it in terms of foreign policy," McLarty says. "I think Secretary Clinton has supported the president and reestablished our standing around the world. I think they've managed some exceedingly complex, fast moving and difficult situations in a very skilled manner.”
Regarding Clinton's potential 2016 presidential run, McLarty notes that four years is a long time.
“Right now she needs to take some time for rest, reflection and renewal. I think she’ll make decisions as they become timely before her," McLarty says.
By the end of the week, Hillary Clinton will no longer be Secretary of State. Before saying goodbye, she sat down for a rare joint interview the President Obama on "60 Minutes," in which the pair exchanged compliments and discussed the past four years.
Calling the relationship between Obama and Clinton "extraordinary" and "unique" on Starting Point this morning, Rep. Steve Israel says that the CBS interview shows "two former competitors who figured out how to put their differences aside, learn how to govern, move on and take this country forward."
Rep. Israel also responds to Rep. Paul Ryan's remark that if the country had a Clinton presidency, the country's "fiscal cliff mess" would be fixed, saying that Ryan has given Obama "the shortest honeymoon in history."
"It's exactly what's wrong with Washington. President Obama was inaugurated one week ago," Israel says. "Name calling and vilifying and attaching blame, can we just talk about solutions rather than engaging in the name calling? The country would be much better off if we could do that."