Transcript: Hillary Clinton's Final Television Interview as Secretary of State


Clinton: Look at climate change, don't put your head in the sand, understand that it is going to have profound effects on our resources and so much else. So I believe that what we've done is to pioneer the new diplomacy, taking the best and continuing the traditions of yes, government to government negotiations, whether it's a trade treaty or a peace treaty but also expanding our apertures, so that we understand, the United States must tell its story better, must connect with young people better, must stand for our values more strongly and I think by doing that, we've positioned ourselves for leadership in the 21st century.

McFadden: So there is no daylight between the Obama doctrine and the Hillary Clinton doctrine?

Clinton: Well, I have been a major part of helping to shape it and to implement it and I think it will stand the test of time. That doesn't mean like any administration you don't struggle with these difficult issues, you talked about Syria, it is a really wicked problem as people say. But we have to take a very large view and put everything into context.

McFadden: Saturday morning.

Clinton: Yes.

McFadden: What happens?

Clinton: (laughs) I hope I get to sleep in (laughing). I know I am thinking about that. You know it will be the first time in many years when I've have no office to go to, no schedule to keep, no work to do, that will probably last a few days and then I will be up and going with my new projects.

McFadden: Madeline Albright famously said that reading the newspaper became a different kind of enterprise when she was no longer Secretary of State.

Clinton: I am sure that is true, Cynthia. Any kind of news coverage I feel a sense of responsibility all the time, I'm always referring pieces to my staff, "what are we going to do about this-how did this happen, what do you know about this," and now I wouldn't be doing that but I will still be thinking it.

McFadden: I know how close you were to your mother. What do you think she would be most proud of?

Clinton: One of the great things about my mother is she really valued people's character more than what they did. She was proud of me, proud of my husband, certainly, but she kept herself engaged in part by really relating to people, all kinds of people, and I would like to think she would think I have done a good job but that I have also kept trying to be a good person. That was her real standard for us and for people that she knew and cared about.

McFadden: North Korea has nuclear weapons. Iran is moving quickly in that direction. How concerned should American be and how effective has the Obama administration been in stopping it?

Clinton: Well, I think Americans should be concerned and I think the Obama administration has made real strides -- number one in bringing together the international community. I faced real skepticism when I started talking to a lot countries about what we needed to do to try and sanction the Iranian regime in order to get the message across to them that they had to give up their pursuit of nuclear weapons. We were able to overcome those hurdles, we have toughest sanctions they are making an effect.

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