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Clinton: Whether To Run For President Is ‘A Really Personal Decision’

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton went on the record in a prime-time television interview Monday night – talking about issues ranging from her health to Benghazi and even Monica Lewinsky.

But as CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, the number one question Monday remained whether she will run for president again.

She talked about running in the wide-ranging interview with Diane Sawyer, but would not say for certain.

“I don’t want to take anything for granted if I decide to do it,” Clinton said. She called it a “really personal decision.”

Clinton did address some of the issues that will undoubtedly greet her on the campaign trail if she does make a run.

On the subject of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton pushed back against criticism that she missed warning signs for danger.

“I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions. I think it would be a mistake for a Secretary of State to sit and say, ‘OK lets got through all 270 posts, and let me decide what should be done,’” she said. “What I do not appreciate is politicizing this at the expense of four dead Americans.”

On the affair that her husband, President Bill Clinton, infamously admitted to having with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton was tight-lipped.

“I dealt with it at the time. I have moved on, and that’s how I see my life and my future,” she said. “I would wish (Lewinsky) well, I hope that she is able to think about her future and construct a life that she can find meaning and satisfaction with.”

And on her health, Clinton talked about her famous fall as secretary of state, and her concussion. But she insisted she was fine, and she described what the doctors said.

“(The doctors said), ‘The good news is the concussion is totally resolving; like we told you, it’s going to be fine. The bad news is you’ve developed a clot behind your right ear and you have to immediately go to the hospital because we have to put you on blood thinners,’” she said. “So I was there for three days and they put me on blood thinners.”

Clinton also raised some eyebrows by saying she and the former president were broke when they left the White House. Such is clearly no longer the case.

She said she will campaign for the Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, and will probably announce a decision about running for president early next year.

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