"Yes, as an active politician it's over", Hillary told her, much to the relief of Democratic party leaders.
Pauley began: "You will never be a candidate for office - " but was stopped in her tracks by Hillary: "I am done with being a candidate, but I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake".
In her first television interview since losing the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton reflected on her loss, placing blame on external actors like Russian Federation, while acknowledging places where she could have improved her campaign.
And now the former leading presidential candidate has added three new reasons to that list. "It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government", Clinton said.
She noted losing presidential candidates do not necessarily attend the event, but that she was in a unique position. "And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut!"
Not only did she only draft a winning-speech, but she also purchased a home next door to the Clinton family's NY property as a location for White House staff and security.
"[Trump] was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort and settle grievances for millions of [white] people who were upset about gains that were made by others".
Clinton is about to embark on a book tour for her new tome What Happened, which comes out this week, and sat down with Pauley for her first television interview to mark the occasion. But there was one person who could help her cope: Bill. "My share of chardonnay..." "I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable".
"I just kinda went in the bedroom, laid down on the bed, just thought, 'Okay".
She feels that her biggest mistake was to use a personal server for his email while she was Secretary of State.
According to Clinton, another key failing of her campaign was her seeming lack of empathy towards the lingering resentment in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008.