The Last Word | January 30, 2013
>>> i know despite all of your denials, all of us are waiting to see you back in political action in 2016 , as soon as possible. the united states 's first woman president, so i'm not saying that as a question, i'm just observing that we think that that might happen.
>> in the spotlight tonight, hillary clinton , who is the only person who can get more media attention by resigning as secretary of state than she could by continuing in that job.
>> i am really looking forward to stepping off the fast track that i've been on. you know, i've been out of politics as secretary of state. i don't see myself getting back into politics.
>> yes, she actually said that. i don't see myself getting back into politics. of course, everyone else can see her getting back into politics, which is why our own andrea mitchell asked her how she would feel about running against joe biden for the democratic presidential nomination.
>> do you feel that -- that joe biden has the vice president has the right of first refusal as it were, within the party, or is it an open competition?
>> well, american politics is always an open competition. but you know, i have no position on this, i have no opinion on it. i am still secretary of state and can't engage in politics.
>> joining me now is msnbc's richard wolff . and richard, the academy award for keeping a straight face goes to hillary clinton when she says i can't really engage in politic politics. that is just a remarkable performance.
>> actually, i have a limited way in which ie in discussion. what is she talking about? she is leaving the stage. this is exactly why she is such a formidable candidate, she answers the question in what sounds like an obvious way, but doesn't really answer the question. she is brilliant.
>> i want to get to something that has to be dealt with. and that is the health question. let's listen to hillary clinton 's answer about that.
>> it doesn't factor in at all. you know, i have no doubt that i'm healthy enough and my stamina is great enough i will be fully recovered to do whatever i choose to do.
>> okay, we have that out of the way.
>> just in case you wonder.
>> what is the realistic timing for her on making real public moves on this? because joe biden seems to already be doing that.
>> you know that is what is so interesting and clinical in answer to the question. everything is an open question in american politics . it would be a fascinating context, how does she need to stack this up? we know in that mid-term mark, the president will be a lame duck, effectively. that is the way to stack up the chips. she has the husband who has a life long account of chips that he is owed. and he will use that and deploy that even if his wife is not going to do that. so it is something of an open question . she can run it right up to the mid-point of 2014 .
>> i bet everything i have on hillary's running. richard, thank you very much.
>>> coming up, the man who will replace john kerry in the united states senate . and in the rewrite tonight, the testimony that should have been heard by the senate today that actually was heard by the connecticut legislature tonight. we will bring you the moving testimony, just given a few hours ago by one of the parents of one of the kids killed at sandy hook elementary school . that is