Anyone hoping to one day break out their “I’m With Her” Hillary Clinton campaign buttons will be disheartened to hear that the former Democratic presidential candidate has “no plans” to run for public office anytime soon.
Clinton’s name has been bandied about as a potential successor to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, but in an interview at the Women in the World conference on Thursday in New York City, Clinton explainedthat her focus is doing “interesting things” in areas that she can make a difference. “I don’t think I will look into ever running for office again,“ she said.
Clinton supporters hoping to see her back in office someday can take solace in her ambiguous choice of language, particularly her use of the words “I don’t think,” and “no plans” instead of something a little more definitive like “There is no way in hell.” But for now, she seems focused on the issues that have defined her career—things like women’s rights, education, and helping her fellow Democrats take back the senate in the 2018 midterm elections.
Thursday’s interview also marked the first time Clinton openly reflected on her stunning election defeat last November. Clinton said she has no doubt that her gender had something do to with why she lost, and that “certainly misogyny played a role.”
“By the time they finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary, and poor Mary, she didn’t deserve it either,” Clinton said of the way she was attacked by the right for seeking office after he had already been Secretary of State.
Watch Hillary Clinton’s first post-election interview in its entirety, below.