Hillary Clinton has no doubt given strong indications about running for president in 2016. But this weekend she stuck to the standard political playbook by saying she’s still undecided, with Election Day more than two years away.
Clinton said Saturday that she was "obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions," when asked about the issue during a Clinton Global Initiative University forum in Arizona.
"If you don't represent women in politics in America as a future president, who will?” asked a female University of California, Berkeley student.
The former first lady and secretary of state said she appreciated the sentiment but was still deciding.
"I am very much concerned about the direction of our country. And it's not just who runs for office, but what they do when they get there and how we bring people together and, particularly, empower young people so we can tackle these hard decisions," Clinton said.
Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who was moderating a forum question-and-answer session, playfully interjected, "She wants an answer!"
Clinton has increasingly spoken at public events since leaving her post as secretary of state in February 2013, including stops on the 2013 campaign trail. The foundation is largely considered a pre-campaign apparatus from which she can assemble a team and weigh in on key issues. And she leads all other potential 2016 Democratic candidates, according to most polls.
However, no candidate from either major political party has said definitely whether he or she will run for president in 2016.
The Saturday interview session also included Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their 34-year-old daughter, Chelsea.
Diving into the thorny issue of climate change, Hillary Clinton said young people understand the significant threat of global warming and that she hoped there would be a mass movement that demands political change.
She said the generation of college students and young people are much more committed to doing something to address climate change and it wasn't "just some ancillary issue," but will determine the quality of life for countries around the globe.
"I'm hoping there will be this mass movement that demands political change, that makes what public officials do on dealing with carbon emissions ... a voting issue," Clinton said.
While no 2016 presidential plans were disclosed, the family talked about the importance of perseverance in life and politics. Hillary Clinton said many people give up if they don't succeed right away, but "that's often the best time for what you can learn about yourself."
She noted that her husband lost his first political race; she never expected to run for office and then won a Senate seat representing New York.
"But then I had a big loss, which we all remember," Clinton said. "You just have to decide what you really care about."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.