At a town hall meeting in Kolkata, India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she believes the United States will one day elect a woman president — but that she doesn’t plan on running for the office herself.
At the town hall held at a girls’ school, the moderator and members of the audience implored Clinton to run for president of the United States in 2016.
“I’m very flattered but I feel like it’s time for me to step off the high wire,” she said. “I’ve been involved at the highest level of American politics for 20 years now. I’d like to come back to India and just wander around without having the streets be closed and a lot of security around.”
Clinton later met for nearly an hour with one of the most famous women in India, Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal and a critical ally for the ruling Congress party. Banerjee, who is also known as “Didi,” meaning older sister, ended 34 years of Communist rule in West Bengal last year.
“I know for myself how difficult it is for women to get elected anywhere,” said Clinton in Kolkata. “When I meet a woman who’s broken through those barriers ... we share a common bond, if you will, having gone through the fire of electoral politics.”
According to Matthew Lee of the Associated Press, Clinton also told the audience, “I think that there will be an election that will elect a woman.”
The remarks by Clinton come one day after Vice President Joe Biden joked about running on a ticket with the secretary of state in 2016.
“Who is more likely to run for president in 2016, you or Secretary Clinton?” Biden was asked by host David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
”I think we may run as a team,” Biden responded. “I’m only joking obviously. I don’t know. I don’t know whether I’m going to run and Hillary doesn’t know whether she’s going to run.”
Clinton will be 69 on Election Day 2016, while Biden will be 73.
Her rise in popularity comes, unsurprisingly, as she has been serving more than three years in the role of secretary of state rather than in the food fight of elective office.