Will she or won’t she run for president?  Hillary Clinton may have tipped her hand on Sunday during a reception in  Scotland, telling a small gathering that ‘I’m minded to do it.’

Scotland’s Sunday Herald caught the former secretary of  state’s hint-dropping after she received an honorary degree from St. Andrew’s  University.

Asked if she was running for the U.S.  presidency in 2016, she initially said, ‘I haven’t made up my mind yet.’ But  when guests joked that her answer wasn’t ‘satisfactory,’ she replied, ‘Yes, it  is unsatisfactory,’ adding, ‘I’m minded to do it.’

The conversation happened on September 13,  but was only reported six days ago.

Clinton is already making news on a  near-daily basis as speculation swirls around her possible candidacy.

Profile for a future commemorative presidential coin? Hillary Clinton says she's 'minded' to run for the White House in 2016Profile for a future commemorative presidential coin?  Hillary Clinton says she’s ‘minded’ to run for the White House in 2016

 

A report emerged Thursday in a new book that  President Obama asked her to keep her job as secretary of state for an extra  year after he won re-election in 2012.

Clinton had previously told the president  that she intended to leave public office soon after he won a second term, but  Obama couldn’t bear the thought of losing her and his Pentagon chief, Leon  Panetta, at the same time.

‘Would you reconsider, perhaps stay another  year? Obama asked,’ reads an excerpt from the book HRC: State Secrets and the  Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, according to The Hill.

‘No, Hillary said. It was time for her to  leave public office.

‘Even though he had refused repeatedly to  take no for an answer in getting her to take the job in the first place, Obama  pressed just once more, lightly, asking if she might stay just a little longer.  That didn’t suit her, either. Obama gave up.’

Will she run? Hillary Clinton turned down Obama's request to stay on a secretary of state for an extra year, giving her ample time to weigh her political optionsWill she run? Hillary Clinton turned down Obama’s  request to stay on a secretary of state for an extra year, giving her ample time  to weigh her political options

 

Hillary has been campaigning for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, a former DNC chair and the man who loaned her and Bill Clinton the money to buy their post-presidency house in rural New YorkThe former secretary of state has been campaigning for  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National  Committee chair and the man who loaned her and Bill Clinton the money to buy  their post-presidency house in rural New York

 

Clinton has attracted widespread criticism for her handling of the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. She claimed that a spontaneous protest, not an al Qaeda-inspired terror plot, was behind itClinton has attracted widespread criticism for her  handling of the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.  During a Transfer of Remains Ceremony three days after the massacre, she  repeated a later-debunked claim that a spontaneous protest, not an al  Qaeda-inspired terror plot, was behind it

 

The book is a collaboration between reporters  from The Hill and Politico, released Thursday.Clinton’s departure from the Obama  administration freed her to join her family’s foundation, led by her husband,  the former president.

She also claimed several years of time to  reflect on whether to make a bid for the White House in 2016.

A variety of Democratic constituencies have  urged her to take the plunge, including the party’s female senators.

‘All of the Senate Democratic women have  written her a letter encouraging her to run,’ Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina  let slip on Monday at a meeting of a liberal women’s advocacy group in New  York.

That disclosure was unintentional, or at  least unauthorized. Hagen’s office later apologized to several of the letter’s  signers.

‘It’s hard for me to imagine her not doing  it,’ said Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, who is running for governor in  2014, according to a report from Capital New York.

Clinton has kept her oar in politics,  stumping for Virginia gubernatorial candidate and longtime Clinton insider Terry  McAulife, a prolific fundraiser for former president Bill Clinton.

McAuliffe loaned the Clintons $1.35 million  to buy their home in New York state after their eight years in the White House  were up in early 2001.

Clinton, shown seated across from Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in July 2012, served four years as secretary of state, in a tenure marked by a 'pivot' to Asia and by a series of ethical scandalsClinton, shown seated across from Indonesian Foreign  Minister Marty Natalegawa in July 2012, served four years as secretary of state,  in a tenure marked by a ‘pivot’ to Asia and by a series of ethical  scandals

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