Nightly News | January 27, 2014
>>> of news about politics, hillary clinton remains at the center of a lot of speculation, and she talked about that speculation today as we saw this past weekend, the attacks are already under way in case she joins the race. and it is indeed already getting personal. our report on all of it from nbc's andrea mitchell .
>> reporter: hillary clinton today in new orleans, delivering a six-figure speech to 4,000 auto dealers and ducking the 2016 question.
>> i'm not thinking about it. i try to get other people not to think about it.
>> reporter: half of the republican contenders are sure thinking about it. even rand paul's wife, who said the behavior from bill was offensive to women. prompting david gregory 's question on "meet the press."
>> somebody who takes advantage of a young girl in their office, i mean, really, and then they have the gal to stand up and say -- gall to say republicans are waging a war on women.
>> but is it something that hillary clinton should be judged on as a candidate?
>> no, this is in regard to bill clinton , sometimes it is hard to separate one from the other.
>> the issue blew up again.
>> if the democrats want to insult the women of america by making them believe that they are helpless without uncle sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido.
>> reporter: drawing a quick rebuke from the party chairman .
>> as we look to grow the ranks of our party, we must watch our tone.
>> reporter: instead of talking about sex, the republicans want to attack hillary clinton on benghazi, which she calls her biggest regret. as for clinton not thinking about 2016 , somebody portrayed her as madam secretary of the universe, with key political contact, now including obama's campaign manager, raising money for clinton. while others spent the time in a state she lost so bitterly to obama, iowa.