Clinton: I've Seen America's Challenges 'First Hand'

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(FILES)Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in the Georgetown University Symposium Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan in this November 15, 2013 file photo in Healy Hall in Washington, DC. It's as if the last seven years never happened: Hillary Clinton is the prohibitive early Democratic favorite in the White House race. A Washington Post poll on January 30, 2014 had Clinton obliterating the potential Democratic field and showed she would handily dispatch scandal-dented Republican hopeful Chris Christie in a 2016 general election. Still, the fact that Clinton is leading polls at this early stage hardly means she'll burst through the glass ceiling in which she said she made 18 million cracks in the 2008 White House race. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesMANDEL NGAN / AFP - Getty Images, file

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she has seen "first hand" the tremendous challenges the United States faces and was quick to cite her years of experience during a wide-ranging discussion at the University of Miami on Wednesday.

"We face big challenges at home and abroad. I saw that first hand as your secretary of state for four years," Clinton told the college crowd. "But I am more confident than ever in the values this country is built on and that so many other democracies are now exhibiting."

Clinton said the deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remove chemical weapons stockpiles was "a positive step but it has not been fulfilled."

She also said President Barack Obama had sought to engage former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez without success, and the U.S. has “regretted” watching the ongoing turmoil in the country.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate also weighed in on domestic politics during the nearly hour-long speech and discussion, commending Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for vetoing an anti-gay bill that Clinton called “discriminatory legislation.”

Clinton did not escape without a question about her own heavily speculated about future and what supporters should make of the “TBD” [To Be Determined] line at the end of her Twitter biography.

“I have no characters left,” she joked. “I will certainly ponder that.”