CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking forward to sleeping in.
The Chappaqua resident told ABC’s Cynthia McFadden that while speculation about a run for president in 2016 is "flattering," that's not where her focus lies at the moment.
Instead, she is looking forward to returning to a “normal” life – one that leaves time to sleep.
"I hope I get to sleep in," she told McFadden. "It will be the first time in many years. I have no office to go to, no schedule to keep, no work to do. That will probably last a few days, then I will be up and going with my new projects."
Clinton’s last day in office, Friday, Feb. 1, will coincide with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry's swearing in as the next secretary of state.
In the televised interview with McFadden, Clinton was not bashful in reflecting back on her most trying time as secretary of state: the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed.
In a heated moment during Clinton's five hours of testimony before Congress last week, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson accused the administration of misleading the American people about the cause of the attack.
Clinton’s reply, “Four Americans are dead. What difference does it make?” has been met with some criticism. She told McFadden she stands by her response.
"When someone tries to put something into a partisan lens, when they focus not on the fact that we have such a terrible event happening with four dead Americans, but instead what did somebody say on a Sunday morning talk show?” she told McFadden, “that to me is not in keeping with the seriousness of the issue and the obligation we all have as public servants."
When asked about her recent health concerns, Clinton said her concussion and blood clot were not expected and that she was "lucky" to have such good medical treatment.
"When I got sick and fainted and hit my head, I was so surprised, and I thought I would just get up and go to work,” she said. "Thankfully, I had very good medical care and doctors who said, “No, we’d better do an MRI.”
Clinton said she expects to be operating at “full speed” soon, and that if she does decide to run for president in 2016, she would have no issue with making her health records public.
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