Meet the Press   |  January 05, 2014

Napolitano Discusses Evolving Political Views

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks about how her opinions on gay marriage have changed and her support for possible future presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton.

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>> so you're no longer homeland security secretary , so i can ask you all those political questions i wanted to ask you for so long when you were a politician. we're talking about the statement of gay rights in america , same-sex marriage and some of the difficulties that athletes experience in russia. when you were governor, you opposed same-sex marriage. have you changed your views on that?

>> yes, i think, like many in political and elective life in the early part of this century, that the evolution hadn't occurred and my statements were very much in that way, which is to say that this was something that society, in a way, the arc of history, as it were, need to do get there. the arc of history has clearly arrived.

>> and on presidential politics of which this would be a part, when you were among the early supporters of barack obama , you felt that he was a fresh voice for the democratic party . well, now as you look ahead to 2016 , you chose him over hillary clinton . do you think that she will be a fresh voice in 2016 in a way that she wasn't in 2008 ?

>> well, i think i have the utmost respect for former secretary clinton with whom i worked closely as the secretary of homeland security , and i think we're all awaiting her decision as to whether she's actually going to be a candidate.

>> but would she be a fresh voice in 2016 ?

>> i think she would be, because she's had a lot of unique and different experiences than perhaps she had then.