Nightly News   |  September 22, 2013

Will Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016?

It’s too soon to know. Or, is it? Hillary Clinton gives an interview where she directly tackles talk of a 2016 presidential run. And her very public persona may give hints as to her thought process. NBC’s  Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> although the president still has more than three years in office, the question of who might succeed him has been thrust back into the news by a newly published interview with hillary clinton . andrea mitchell has that story for us tonight.

>> thank you so much.

>> reporter: she's out of office but hardly out of mind. hillary clinton presumed 2016 democratic front -runner, now for the first time conceding she might run. telling new york magazine, i think it is a serious decision, not to be made lightly but also not one that has to be made soon.

>> she has come out on the record saying she is thinking about it, weighing it, she is presenting herself as a more experienced leader.

>> reporter: in the article clinton begins to distance herself very carefully from president obama , saying, aid very positive set of inlt actions, even when i disagreed, which obviously occurred. because obviously i have my own opinions, my own views. clinton 's former aides say she has learned from her mistakes in 2008 . veteran clinton watchers say barring a health problem, she is in.

>> i think the opportunity to become president of the united states , and really to make history as the first female president , is an opportunity that will be ultimately very hard for her to resist.

>> reporter: with a ready for hill political action committee already in place, even the anticipation of a clinton run is freezing out other democratic contenders like joe biden and clinton is already backed by many party leaders.

>> i don't know. i know if she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she'll be one of the best eequipment, best prepared people to enter the white house in a very long time.

>> reporter: although clinton 's husband still says she has not yet decided.

>> i think she would be the first to tell that you there is no such thing as a done deal ever by anybody. i don't know what she's going to do.

>> reporter: of course the minute she announces, clinton becomes an immediate target for opponents on all sides. it may have well cost her the nomination last time. another reason for the slow rollout of the hill