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Clinton: I'll 'seriously' consider White House bid 'sometime next year'

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Hillary Clinton could benefit from any damage done to the Republican brand by a government shutdown. She's seen here in this Sept. 9, 2013 file photo.

Hillary Clinton will begin “seriously” considering a bid for president “sometime next year,” the former secretary of state told a business group Friday.

According to Newsday, Clinton conceded during a paid speech to the Long Island Association that a run has been “on my mind.”

“I want to think seriously about it; I probably won't begin thinking about it until sometime next year," Clinton said of a presidential run. "I will think about it because it’s something on a lot of people's minds. And it's on my mind as well. But I want us to think more broadly."

Clinton is widely discussed as a potential Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election. But she said in her remarks that the attention being paid to the next set of possible candidates is “bad for the country.”

“Govern now. People have been elected to do a job now. And hold them accountable,” she said. 

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