Meet the Press   |  September 22, 2013

4: Roundtable looks at Iran, Clinton

A Meet the Press roundtable looks ahead to the U.N. meetings in New York and discusses the latest news surrounding Hillary Clinton.

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>>> we're back with our group. syria , now iran . is there a breakthrough here? bill kristol doesn't think so. he wrote this in the weekly standards. syria is merely act i. next week act ii opens at the united nations . there we'll see a charmo fence sieve worthy of richard iii by the new iranian president and veteran. the obama administration will move on from punting in syria to appeasing iran . the diplomatic dance in iran will be long in complex, but who doubts that the people will end up where iran , the leading partner, wants to go? bill, the counterpoint to that is maybe these openings are happening because obama threatened a military strike and he's actually tough, and that's what the russians and iranians and syrians think.

>> i don't think the iranians and syrians are at all impressed with obama . he threatened to do it, he didn't do it, and now syria is paying for the use of chemical weapons . i think the obama administration thinks that's a template for how to go down a diplomatic path, kick the can down the road, not have to make any tough decisions and maybe he can kick the can further down the road that the next administration will maybe have to deal with a civil war , and iran is maybe closer to or even has nuclear weapons capability.

>> economic sanctions imposed over the course of many years have had a big impact on the iranian economy , and that puts big pressure on leaders to do something. i think, look, we will get an opportunity to see this week, and everyone should press the iranians on just how serious they might be. we've seen them before say they might want to have conversations but never move to the next step, and i think it's certainly worth, as we hold strong economic sanctions in the threat of military force , see if they're willing.

>> i want to talk about hillary clinton . if we're talking about presidential leadership, we're still taking her measure. she has an interview with new york magazine that came out this morning, and here's what she said. i'm not in any hurry, i think it a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but also one that doesn't have to be made soon.

>> and one that has to be made in the public eye as often as i can. hillary clinton , ever since she lost back in 2008 , has been positioning herself to do cannot exactly this move. going off to be secretary of state, putting her in the public eye . we're going to be hearing a lot from hillary clinton other than what her decision is, but she's going to make sure she's out there with interviews like this just to keep herself in the public eye .

>> she has time to make that decision. i don't know how you can have this many people pulling for you to run whether you can not run.

>> does she stay close to president obama , or does she need separation from president obama to be effective?

>> i think the answer is yes and no. it depends on the issue you're talking about. timing is everything.

>> she should be in no rush to make this decision. she is far ahead, much farther ahead now, a much better political position than she was in '07 and '08. if you get in the fray at this point, your approval ratings and credibility will come down. if i were her, i would take some time, think about the ideas she wants to move forward. not barack obama 's ideas, not president clinton 's ideas, they have to be hers.

>> she doesn't have to position herself because there isn't a very big democratic field.

>> do you think these vulnerable from the republican side ?

>> i think she's more as a ruvulnerable than anyone thinks. i think she's a good candidate for republicans to run against. let her defend the foreign policy that she presided over as secretary of state for four years, and i think her governing with contrast would be a good thing.

>>> i'm going to leave it there. thanks to all of