"Yes, as an active politician it's over", Hillary told her, much to the relief of Democratic party leaders.
"I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake", Clinton said.
In her first television interview since her stunning defeat on Election Day, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared her perspective on what went wrong with her 2016 campaign - and the biggest mistakes she made that led to President Donald Trump's upset victory.
Clinton added that she failed to draft a concessions speech the night of the election and still felt bad about losing.
She also served eight years representing NY in the Senate, and eight years as USA first lady. "It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government", Clinton said.
"I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner", she said, defending her widely criticized campaign statement. "And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut".
And this is after eight years as senator from NY, 4 years as secretary of State of Barack Obama and eight years as First lady during the two mandates of her husband Bill Clinton.
But Clinton also acknowledged her own shortcomings, including what she said was a failure to articulate her understanding of voters' frustrations.
"Maybe I missed a few chances".
Ten months after her historic election defeat, Clinton is clearly ready to cash in.
"The forces that were at work in 2016 were unlike anything that I've ever seen or read about", she said.
On November 9, the morning of her concession speech, she put on a fearless face in public: for her campaign team, for her supporters, for the American public. "There were a large number of people who didn't care". And - you know, my share of Chardonnay, ' Clinton admitted.
"I don't know quite what audience he was playing to", she bitterly commented.
'I think I am good, ' Clinton answered when the CBS journalist asked her how she was. I was just gobsmacked.
Clinton also recalled her head-spinning distress on election night and the following morning, when giving her concession speech felt like "an out-of-body experience", she said.