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

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Running for president is nuts. Just ask Hillary Clinton.

A key architect of her husband's two presidential victories and her own failed effort, Clinton told the PBS NewsHour in an interview to be aired Wednesday night, “You have to be a little bit crazy to run for president.”

Clinton hasn't even decided to run -- or not -- but is already overshadowing President Obama and the whole GOP class of 2016 presidential potentials.

With her new book tour to tout her “Hard Choices,” she has been front-page news for more than a week, with much of it focused on her missteps like when she declared the first family “dead broke” upon leaving the White House, although she and former President Clinton had collected enough in book advances to pay off his legal fees accumulated over several scandals.

This week, her husband defended Hillary Clinton against charges that her wealth and association with Hollywood and Wall Street big shots shows she doesn't understand what many Americans are facing after years of economic stagnation.

But in her interview with NewsHour host Gwen Ifill, Clinton said she can speak for herself. “My husband was very sweet today, but I don’t need anybody to defend my record, I think my record speaks for itself,” said Clinton.

She also went on defense about her wealth. “I shouldn’t have said the five or so words that I said, but my unartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am, what I’ve stood for my entire life, what I stand for today,” said the Democrat.

The NewsHour teased out the quotes in its daily “The Morning Line,” and plans to make a full transcript available later Wednesday.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.