Meet the Press   |  April 07, 2013

What is Clinton’s political future?

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, GOP Strategist Mike Murphy; Politico’s Maggie Haberman; and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell discuss what signs to watch for if Hillary Clinton hints at a presidential run.

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>>> let's learn from the wisdom of every mother and father who teaches their daughters there is no limit on how big she can dream and how much she can achieve. this truly is the unfinished business of the 21st century , and it is the work we are called to do. i look forward to being your partner in all the days and years ahead.

>> time to talk presidential politics now. 2016 is really not that far away. with us on our political roundtable mike murphy , politico senior political reporter maggie haberman and sticking around with us former governor of new mexico bill richardson and our own andrea mitchell . andrea, you were at that speech. the unfinished business of the 21st century , does that include electing the first female president who is hillary clinton ?

>> that was certainly the feeling in the room, and this was filled to the rafters at lincoln center . this was the second of two speeches last week, and she was in both venues in her comfort zone . these are people, the women in the world summit , tina brown summit on friday. vital voices on tuesday which hi hillary clinton founded back 14 years ago. but in both places she was really surrounded by the love and affection of her base, of her supporters. tuesday night, interestingly, joe biden was on the stage, and he gave a rip roaring, crowd pleasing speech. she was more constrained, praising her longtime partner in all of this, but, boy, she let it rip on friday. there was no misunderstanding. if she decides she's running, she has everyone around her, james carville joining here this week, the strongest signal yet.

>> maggie haberman, you wrote something really interesting in politico, the viewer's guide to her intentions and the various benchmarks. pay attention to these things. her business choices, cautious versus candor, the company she keeps, where her book tour takes her. she's going to write a book this week talking about her time at the state department . the muzzle on the big dog , that being the former president, and her appearance. discuss.

>> i'll work backwards, actually, starting with appearance, which maureen dowd hit on today in "the new york times" and it's right. you are seeing sort of a new hair style on hillary clinton . i got a lot of pushback on talk ing about that, but the reality is hillary clinton has dealt with this kind of thing for years. she has turned it into a joke, number one. number two, her book, they announced a book deal this week. where you see that tour take her i think is going to be very interesti interesting. we saw a lot of presidential candidates this past cycle use book tours as sort of a masquerade for something else. she doesn't have to do that, but this is an easy pay for her to do a rollout and she did that with living history. and then lastly, i think, and there were others, but i think most important in terms of company she keeps, the mark penn fa factor gets talked about a lot. he ran her 2008 campaign. that campaign was very mismanaged by all accounts. i think the question is -- and that falls to her at the end of the day . did she learn from 2008 ? can she make different choices this time?

>> can she get david plouffe to run the campaign? as you step back, strengths and weaknesses, what do you see?

>> do you think dilger might rob a bank? she's putting on highly produced videos, it's a perfect time to flip on gay marriage . if she's not running, somebody is there. maybe she will join that campaign because it's definitely going forward, i believe. now strength and weaknesses. if you read the d.c. press, it's all inevitable. i haven't seen it as inevitable since the beginning of 2007 when she couldn't lose either. she's an incredibly strong candidate the particularly within the primary, and the crystal ball is foggy. on the one hand, it's kind of looking backwards . on the other hand, it's historic. she has a base, and she's been to the college of losing for president which is a very rare college. you learn a lot. so i think she is clearly the fro front-runner but i'm making no predictions.