Hillary Clinton said Monday she's not even thinking about running for president.
Clinton, who is considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2016, made the comments at a conference for the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans.
“I’m not thinking about it,” she added. “I am trying to get other people not to think about it. I will think about it in the future sometime, but right now let’s think about what we have to do to continue building on our success.”
Clinton said she's more concerned about current issues facing the country. For example, she said she was “very pleased” Congress was able to pass a budget deal for the first time in four years. She said she also hopes Congress can overcome “this next debt limit challenge.”
Her comments about a future presidential bid took place as the Ready for Hillary super-PAC arranged meetings over the weekend in Iowa, the state that begins the primary season with its caucuses.
President Obama's 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, also joined the largest Democratic super-PAC, Priorities USA, last week as co-chairman. The group announced it has begun raising money for Clinton's potential campaign.
At the New Orleans event, Clinton also said the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, was her “biggest regret” during her time as secretary of State.
She also commented on the new controversial book about the Obama administration by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates. Clinton said the real take-away is Gates wound up “admiring” both Obama and former President George W. Bush.