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Powell: A Hamptons respite could fuel Clinton for 2016

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. (July 24, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Whether she will pursue the White House in 2016 is still up in the air, but Hillary Clinton is clear that for now she wants some rest.

Clinton, who will step down as secretary of state on Feb. 1, gave an introspective exit interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell, reflecting on her legacy and looking toward her future. The full interview aired on Mitchell’s MSNBC show Wednesday.

When Mitchell pressed Clinton on how her recent health issues would affect her thoughts about running for president of the United States in 2016, she insisted that they would not.

"I'm healthy enough, my stamina is great enough and I'll be fully recovered to do whatever I choose to do," Clinton told Mitchell.

After suffering from a stomach virus in December, Clinton fainted from dehydration in her bathroom. The fall led to a concussion and a blood clot in her head.

Clinton, who has traveled nearly 1 million miles and visited 112 countries in the past four years, is still recovering and hasn't flown overseas since the incident.

While she says her health won't affect whether she runs for president again, she said she has no plans to make that decision any time soon, signaling that, perhaps, she won't be a candidate.

One thing about her future is firm, though -- downtime.

"I'm looking forward to some very quiet time, catching up on everything from sleep to reading to walking with my family," Clinton said.

Recent reports say she and her husband, the former president, are house hunting on Long Island's East End. If they settle there, perhaps some repose in the Hamptons might just revitalize her enough to run once more.

Christine Powell, a Newsday intern, is a junior studying journalism at Stony Brook University.