Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the span of a few months, has gone from saying she is not thinking about running for president to telling an audience in Mexico on Friday that she will make her presidential decision around the first of 2015.
“I am going to be making a decision around, probably after the first of the year about whether I am going to run again.”
Clinton said that in order to run, she “will have to be convinced that I have a very clear vision with an agenda of what I think needs to be done.”
“Obviously, I’m thinking about it, but I have not made a decision yet,” Clinton said during an event for Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s foundation.
She added that she has a “unique vantage point and set of experiences about what makes the United States operate well and what doesn’t and what a president can do and should be doing.”
Clinton’s position on 2016 has noticeably changed since the start of 2014.
In January, the former secretary of state said in New Orleans that she was not thinking about running for president and was “trying to get other people not to think about it.”
Since publishing her memoir in June and traveling the country, Clinton has become more forthright with her presidential ambitions and has told audiences that she is thinking about running for president.
The former first lady has also began to step out further on the political scene.
Ahead of the 2014 midterms, Clinton has agreed to do events for a host of Democratic committees and groups and even did a robocall ad for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.
“I’m calling to urge you to vote for Andrew Cuomo for governor and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, for lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary,” Clinton, herself a former New York senator, says in the call. “As a New Yorker, I’d be proud to have Kathy fighting for our state.”
Clinton’s endorsement goes against the more progressive Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic primary slated next week.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stated that in his opinion former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not have the “wisdom” to be president.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Amercia’s Newsroom,” the potential Republican White House contender made the comment after Clinton claimed that climate change is one of America’s biggest threats.
“For her to be out there saying that the biggest threat to our safety and to our well-being is climate change, I think, goes to the heart of the matter or whether or not she has the wisdom to lead the country, which I think it’s obvious that she doesn’t,” Paul said on Fox News.
Paul, who is one of the front-runners among GOP politicians expected to run for the presidential nomination in 2016, added that he doesn’t think the U.S. wants someone as president who is fighting climate change instead of the other critical issues facing the country, like terrorism.
“I don’t think we really want a commander-in-chief who’s battling climate change instead of terrorism,” Paul stated. “She also has been out there stating that ISIS is not a threat and so not a threat to America. Those I think were here exact words. I believe a couple of months ago there was a quote from her saying that ISIS is not a threat to America.”
Paul thinks that Clinton’s comment about climate change demonstrate that she is not ready to be president.