Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Clinton hoping for female president

Hillary Clinton gestures with a traditional Indian 'namaste' before a meeting in Kolkata (AP)
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton smiles as she is greeted by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, India (AP)

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she has no desire to make another run for the highest office in the land but hopes to see a female US president in her lifetime.

Politely turning aside questions about her political intentions at a town hall event in Kolkata, India, Mrs Clinton said she really wants to see "that final glass ceiling" broken.

She noted, though, that the American political process is difficult and heavily dependent on fundraising, which makes it hard for any candidate to succeed.

Still, she said she thinks there will be an election that will elect a woman president.

As for herself, she says she is done with the political highwire, adding that she just wants to "get back to taking some deep breaths".

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