By Meghashyam Mali - 05/02/13 12:21 PM EDT
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday offered joking encouragement to Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 run, noting that the nation’s top diplomats have a good record of winning presidential bids.
“At least four secretaries of state became president,” said Kissinger in remarks at the Atlantic Council dinner in Washington, D.C., according to reports.
Clinton stepped down from the top post at the State Department earlier this year.
Kissinger also joked that although he was foreign-born, he tried to think of ways to bypass the constitution and plot a run for higher office.
“I thought up all kinds of schemes to get around that,” Kissinger said to laughter.
The veteran diplomat presented Clinton with a Distinguished Leadership Award at the event. Clinton acknowledged Kissinger’s comments in her remarks.
“When I became secretary of state, I spent a lot of time thinking about my illustrious predecessors – not primarily the ones who went on to become president,” she said. “But about the extraordinary generation of those leaders who were not just present at the creation but leading the creation of a liberal global order that provided unprecedented peace and prosperity along with progress on behalf of the values that we hold in common.”
Clinton is widely seen as the favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination, topping a number of polls. But she has yet to declare an interest in weighing another run for office.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed her with the support of 65 percent of likely Democratic primary voters. Vice President Biden trailed in second place with 13 percent.