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Clinton: Presidential campaign would have 'specific agenda'

Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Democratic presidential primary polls by wide margins even though she has not announced intention to run for the office.

Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Democratic presidential primary polls by wide margins even though she has not announced intention to run for the office.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that if she decides to run for the White House in 2016, she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."

Clinton said in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that her final decision will be "wholly personal" and does not want to decide until after she becomes a grandmother later this year.

"If I decide to run, I will have a very specific agenda about what I think we should be doing. But right now, we have a big election, midterms 2014, that could determine the control of the Senate," she said. "And I'm not going to, you know, jump the line and start talking about 2016 right now."

Clinton leads Democratic presidential primary polls by wide margins even before her decision. Some Democrats have expressed hope she will begin laying out a more specific vision for how she might lead the country if elected.

The former secretary of state spoke in the wide-ranging interview, airing Thursday and today, to promote her book, Hard Choices.

Clinton said economic inequality remains a major problem for the nation, which faces an "economic crisis and we have a political crisis of our democracy. And I think they are related." She noted the economic strength during the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

But Hillary Clinton said that experience helps her understand the demands of the job.

"I have no illusions about how hard a campaign is. But the campaigning, as hard as it is, is the easy part," Clinton said. "Once you get there, you face this full array of problems."

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