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article imageHillary Clinton stays silent on possible 2016 run on 'Daily Show'

By Nathan Salant     Jul 16, 2014 in Entertainment
New York City - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to give it up Tuesday, keeping her presidential ambitions under wraps under direct questioning from late night talk-show host Jon Stewart on his show, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, who served in the US Senate from 2001-2009 after leaving the White House, declined to give a direct answer to Stewart's repeated questions about whether she was planning a second presidential run in 2016.
Clinton, 66, lost a contentious primary battle to be the 2008 Democratic Party presidential candidate to Barack Obama, who went on to become the 44th president of the United States.
Obama's second and final term in office ends in 2016, and maneuvering has already started in both parties to choose a candidate to succeed him.
Clinton, who had a distinguished four years at the US State Department before being succeeded by former Sen. John Kerry in 2013, is the early favorite to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2016.
Stewart said he was hoping to persuade Clinton to make her first formal candidacy announcement on his show, which would have been a considerable coup for the popular fake news program on the Comedy Central cable TV network.
Stewart, a former stand-up comedian, even went to so far as to introduce Clinton as being "here solely for one reason — to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for president of the United States … I think."
But Clinton sidestepped the question several times, referring to widespread media speculation about her intentions as "a cottage industry," according to The Associated Press.
"I've been amazed at what a cottage industry it is, and so, I kind of expect it would continue, so I'm not really paying a lot of attention," Clinton said.
Of course, Clinton must be keenly aware of the kind of attention she generates.
Her appearance on Stewart's show was, ostensibly, to promote her newly released memoir of her years at the State Department, Hard Choices, and they discussed the book briefly before the host interrupted her.
"I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares (about the book), they just want to know if you're running for president," he said jokingly.
When she still refused to answer directly, he asked what shape she prefers her office to be, an obvious reference to the president's famous Oval Office at the White House.
Hard Choices is No. 2 on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list, behind another writer's account of supposed feuding between the Clinton and Obama families, the AP said.
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