TIRANA, Albania -- As the mud slings in the U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted Thursday that democracy can be messy and a little vicious.
She should know, she told the Albanian Parliament.
As she travels the world as the top U.S. diplomat she is constantly asked how she and bitter 2008 Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama can now work together so closely, Clinton said with a grin.
"How can two people who said terrible things about one another," and
spent millions running television ads against one another now
collaborate, Clinton said she is asked.
"Believe me, I did everything I could to beat him," she noted to laughter from the Albanian politicians .
There is a simple answer to why the partnership works, she said.
"We both love our country."
Clinton didn't say anything about Obama's chances in next week's voting, or about her own plans for the 2016 election.
She has previously said she does not plan to run again, but is still
widely considered a top candidate.
Clinton said last week that if Obama is reelected, she would stay only until a successor is confirmed by the Senate .