Video: Clinton would ‘look forward’ to coffee with Palin

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    GREGORY: Before I let you go, you know, whenever I get a chance to talk to you I like to ask you about a little bit of politics. And I know you're over there in Singapore .

    SEC'Y CLINTON: I'm out of politics, David . I'm out of politics.

    GREGORY: You may not have heard, you, you, you may not have heard, but Sarah Palin has a new book out, and in it she writes this: "Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup

    of coffee, I know that we would fundamentally disagree on many issues, but my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail." Is this somebody you'd like to sit and have coffee with, and do you plan to read the book?

    SEC'Y CLINTON: Well, I absolutely would look forward to having coffee. I've never met her. And I think it would be, you know, very interesting to sit down and talk with her. And I've got more than I could say grace over to read, but obviously in the next week there's going to be a lot of attention paid to her book. And I'm sure that, you know, I'll see excerpts printed and, you know, snippets of interviews as I, you know, channel surf in, in Singapore and in Shanghai and in Beijing . But, you know, I'm ready to have a cup of coffee. Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on.

    GREGORY: So maybe there's a summit meeting here. What do you think her brand of conservatism -- how, how does that impact the Republican party ?

    SEC'Y CLINTON: I truly am out of commenting on, on politics. That is something that is not appropriate for the secretary of state. But I am an active observer and, you know, obviously these are questions that you and others are going to be asking. And I look forward to hearing what people answer.

    GREGORY: It was worth a shot. Secretary Clinton , thank you very much.

    SEC'Y CLINTON: Thanks, David . Good to talk to you.

updated 11/15/2009 10:57:07 AM ET 2009-11-15T15:57:07

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin over coffee.

In an interview for broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton says she's never met the one-time GOP vice presidential hopeful and former Alaska governor and thinks it would be very interesting to sit down and talk with her.

Clinton was responding to a question about a passage in Palin's new book. Palin writes that if she and Clinton ever meet for coffee, "I know that we would fundamentally disagree on many issues." But Palin says, "my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail."

Clinton, in Singapore for a meeting of world leaders, says she's ready to have a cup of coffee and maybe she could make a case on some of the issues on which the two women disagree.

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