Clinton talks 2016 aspirations, Monica Lewinsky in People Magazine interview

Clinton talks 2016 aspirations, Monica Lewinsky in People Magazine interview

Clinton talks 2016 aspirations, Monica Lewinsky in People Magazine interview

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Washington (CNN) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told People Magazine in an interview published Wednesday that she believes the United States "certainly" needs "to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling" of electing a woman president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the magazine, Clinton talks about health, her thoughts on running for president and, for the first time in years, her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky, a Clinton White House intern.

"To have a woman president is something I would love to see happen, but I’ll just have to make my own decision about what I think is right for me," Clinton said about the prospect of her running for president in 2016. Clinton is admittedly weighing a run at the presidency and it’s widely believed that she will be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, should she run.

Clinton told Sandra Westfall, the magazine's Washington bureau chief who conducted the interview, that she knows she has "a decision to make" on 2016.

"With the extra joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment," said Clinton, who is expecting a grandchild in the fall. "At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world. Through the next months, I will think more about what role I can or, in my mind, should play.”

Although Westfall questioned Clinton about Lewisnky, the former senator said she thinks "everybody needs to look to the future" instead of worrying about the affair that defined the last two years of her husband's administration.

"I’m not going to comment on what did and didn’t happen," Clinton said in response to a question about whether she regrets calling Monica Lewinsky a "narcissistic loony toon" in a 1998 private conversation with Diane Blair, a close friend.

Clinton told Blair that Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern, according to a journal Blair kept before she died in 2000. Her papers – including information about her friendship with Clinton – were made public by the University of Arkansas in 2010 and made big headlines earlier this year.

Lewinsky has been in the news more lately, too. In a Vanity Fair essay published in May, Lewinsky writes about her life after the affair and her reaction to the news that Clinton refereed to her as a "narcissistic loony toon."

"If that's the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky," Lewisnky wrote.

Clinton told People that she did not read the Lewinsky essay. "I've moved on," she said.

People Magazine's interview with the former secretary of state will grace the cover of the magazine due to hit newsstands on Friday. The cover shows a smiling former first lady with the title: "Hillary & The White House.”

Much of the interview revolves around questions that have dogged Clinton for years, in particular questions about her and Bill Clinton's health and her hair.

“He’s had that tremor for years – it’s nothing serious, just some sort of nerve pinch," Hillary Clinton said about her husband’s shaky hands. "People say that he’s too thin. He doesn’t think so, and he has an enormous amount of energy."

Questions and comments about health are a regular for the Clintons. Republicans have made Hillary Clinton's health – and by extension her age – a talking point in the early lead up to 2016. At an event Tuesday night in Denver, Clinton appeared to respond to questions about her health when she told the audience that she has "a lot of resilience and a lot of stamina."

Clinton also commented on her hair in the interview – a topic of conversation that has followed Clinton since she arrived on the national scene in the early 90s.

Asked about her hair strategy for 2016, Clinton said, "I’m at an age where I can pretty much do what I want: Here I am, whether you like my hair or not."

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