During a talk at Syracuse University Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed foreign policy but also stressed the importance of public service. And that, our Kat De Maria tells us, led those listening to think about her political future.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--"Hillary Clinton is such a dynamo. And who wouldn't want to be in her presence when she's here in Syracuse," said Donna Kassman, who lives in the city.
Hundreds of students, faculty and community members stood for hours in the cold rain Monday for a chance to be near the Secretary of State.
"She's a woman in a position that's a very powerful position. And it's very inspiring as a woman who's going into hopefully the federal service or state service, you know, really working for our country, to see, yes, you know, that is possible," said graduate student Gabrielle Mirsaidi.
During a conversation at Syracuse University, Hillary Clinton spoke for nearly an hour, with the audience taking notes, pictures and more. In the last few minutes, she turned her attention to the topic that made her famous: politics. Clinton stressed the value of public service. But her comments had her supporters -- including one who proudly wore a 2008 campaign button -- fantasizing about her political future.
"I would love her go back into politics, to stay in politics. I can maybe see her running for president again," said graduate student Soren Graae.
Clinton has denied interest in the presidency, and is expected to leave government at the end of the president's term.
"I understand she wants to retire. But I think it would be nice if she stuck around," said sophomore Kaitlyn Simon.
"She says she wants to be a family person, she would like to have a grandchild or two. She's really a public servant," Kassman said.
There have also been rumors of Clinton joining the president's re-election ticket, although she's denied that, and her Syracuse supporters say they'd rather she went all the way.
They say her time out of politics have only added to her experience and electability.
"I think she's more popular now than she was when she was running for president, which is kind of interesting. So maybe she should try it again," Graae said.
Irrespective of Hillary Clinton's decisions about her own career, she spoke well of politics and encouraged students at Syracuse University to get involved and effect change at all levels of government, for her, their and all of our future.