Video: Hillary Clinton refuses to take Jon Stewart's presidential bait

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Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, is “an incredibly complex and well-reasoned eyewitness view” to the former Secretary of State’s four-year term holding that office, Jon Stewart declared on The Daily Show Tuesday. “And I think I speak for everybody,” Stewart continued, turning to his guest, “when I say no one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for president.”

Clinton, naturally, replied with her trademark Hillary laugh—then quipped, “You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement. But I saw—I mean, you kind of spoiled it for me. So I’m just going to have to reconsider where I go do it.”

Which means that she’s totally running for president in 2016. Right? Riiiiight? Even though absolutely all signs point to “yes,” the ex-First Lady refused to come out and formally throw her hat into the ring… though she did give a few loaded answers to the “career aptitude test” Stewart asked her to take. 

For example:

Stewart: “Do you like commuting to work, or do you like a home office?”
Clinton: “I’ve spent so many years commuting I’d kind of prefer a home office. That’s where I wrote my book.”
Stewart: “Do you have a favorite shape for that home office? Let’s say, would you like that office, uh… would you like it to have corners, or not to have corners?”
Clinton: “I think the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better.”
Stewart: “Do you prefer to sit in traffic, or cause it?”
Clinton: “I really hate to cause traffic, and sometimes I do. And I deeply regret it. I’m telling the world right now.”
Stewart: “Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?”
Clinton: “Enjoy is probably the wrong word. Expect. Survive. Live through. It just sorta comes with the territory.”

From there, the discussion moved to the “cottage industry” that is Clinton criticism and Clinton’s recent “dead broke” gaffe, which she called an “inartful use of words” before noting that she (and Stewart) had opportunities that many young Americans no longer do. “You know what was kind of awesome, that says to me you’re running for president?” Stewart asked. “How easily you pivoted from that to income inequality in America. That says to me you’re running for president.”

Things get a little more serious as the interview continues—Stewart and Clinton discuss congressional dysfunction, and American foreign policy, and whether the United States is really even all that great. (Spoiler: It is—according to Clinton, anyway). Only five additional minutes aired on TV, but you can catch Stewart and Clinton’s full extended chat below.




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