ABC Flatters Hillary, Asks If She'll Break 'Highest Glass Ceiling' and Run for President

In an interview that aired on Wednesday's World News, ABC's Robin Roberts flattered Hillary Clinton as she cited Clinton's popularity to ask if she was considering a presidential run.    

"When I look at your Twitter page, you – the last thing you list is saying you're a glass ceiling cracker. And no one feels it would be better to crack that glass ceiling than to have a woman as president, and many believe that should be you," Roberts told Clinton. She did mention the House GOP launching a special investigation into the Benghazi attacks that happened while Clinton was secretary of state, but she allowed Clinton to distance herself from any more criticism.

"Benghazi, the new investigation. Are you satisfied with the answers and are you content with what you know what happened?" Roberts asked Clinton, who answered "Absolutely."

White House correspondent Jonathan Karl alluded to a possible Clinton run when he noted her words towards the Nigerian government were "tougher" than President Obama's:

"Mrs. Clinton also had tough words for the government of Nigeria, saying it has been derelict in protecting girls and boys generally, and in this case, has not accepted enough help from the United States. That is tougher talk, Diane, toward the Nigerian government than we have heard from President Obama."

Below is a transcript of the segment:

ABC
WORLD NEWS
5/7/14
[6:33 p.m. EDT]

DIANE SAWYER: And now we turn to an ABC News exclusive. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton sitting down with our own Robin Roberts and weighing in on the missing school girls in Africa, talking tough about Benghazi, and what about a presidential run in 2016? ABC's chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl brings us what the former secretary said and what's coming next.

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JONATHAN KARL: This was a Hillary Clinton crowd. The talk centering on women and girls around the world breaking glass ceilings. Robin Roberts turned the discussion to the highest glass ceiling of all.

ROBIN ROBERTS: When I look at your Twitter page, you – the last thing you list is saying you're a glass ceiling cracker. And no one feels it would be better to crack that glass ceiling than to have a woman as president, and many believe that should be you.

HILLARY CLINTON, former secretary of state:  Well, I think we should crack it also. I am 100 percent in favor of that. But I have nothing further to say about –  

ROBERTS: Hey, we tried, right?

KARL: But as Hillary Clinton steps closer to another presidential run, Republicans preparing to launch a special congressional committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya while she was secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton told Robin she sees no reason for another investigation, because there have already been several investigations.

ROBERTS: Benghazi, the new investigation. Are you satisfied with the answers and are you content with what you know what happened?

CLINTON: Absolutely. I mean, of course, there are a lot of reasons why, despite all of the hearings, all of the information that's been provided, some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward. But they get to call the shots in the Congress.

KARL: She also weighed in on the kidnapping of the school girls in Nigeria.

CLINTON: The seizure is abominable, it's criminal. It's an act of terrorism. And it really merits the fullest response possible. First and foremost from the government of Nigeria.

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KARL: Mrs. Clinton also had tough words for the government of Nigeria, saying it has been derelict in protecting girls and boys generally, and in this case, has not accepted enough help from the United States. That is tougher talk, Diane, toward the Nigerian government than we have heard from President Obama.
 

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014