For now, the only thing Podesta was leading was an interview with the former secretary of state during a discussion at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Clinton was the evening's keynote speaker.
Clinton's keynote address struck the tone of a stump speech, with sweeping generalizations and hopeful notes.
She decried the "false choice between protecting our environment and growing our economy," an implicit attack on Republicans, while envisioning America as "the clean energy superpower for the 21st century."
Afterward, with the guidance of Podesta, a potential campaign manager according to a report in Politico, Clinton delved more deeply into the interplay between foreign policy and energy, highlighting her tenure at the State Department.
She said she is "cautiously hopeful — not optimistic, hopeful" that China, one of the world's worst polluters, will embrace clean sources of energy.
"There was not a sense of urgency" before for Europe to cut energy ties with Russia, Clinton said. "There was still hope over experience that Putin would be reasonable that he wouldn't try to recreate Mother Russia. Those illusions have been shattered, so now they (Europe) just have to commit to a path forward and stick to it."
At the end of the discussion, Podesta and Clinton both seemed pleased with the message.
"I’m quite confident that’s what said in Las Vegas won’t stay in Las Vegas," Podesta laughed, as did Clinton.