Hillary Clinton: ‘You have to be a little bit crazy to run for president’

BY Domenico Montanaro  June 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM EDT

It takes a special kind of person to run for president.

For Hillary Clinton, someone who would want to do it twice might just be “a little bit crazy.”

“Well, you have to be a little bit crazy to run for president, let me just put it like that,” Clinton told the PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill in an interview Tuesday night.

The rigors of a presidential campaign can be grueling. And not only are candidates’ words scrutinized, but so is every aspect of their health, wealth and personal lives.

“You have to be so totally immersed,” Clinton continued, “and so convinced that you can bring something to that office — that your vision about what you can do to help Americans.”

But that doesn’t mean Clinton, who was the presumptive front runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination before losing to eventual President Barack Obama, won’t do it again.

“I see them,” Clinton said of Americans who struggle. “I’ve had people come through the line who tell me their stories about losing their job, about what’s happened since they got health care that has helped them, and I hear this, so I know that my life of service is the biggest reason why I would consider doing this, because I would want to continue serving. But I also know that it’s a very hard job, and it’s a job that, you know, you have to be totally consumed by, and that’s kind of the definition of being a little bit crazy, I think.”

You can watch the full interview on Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour.