Hillary Clinton Calls Angela Merkel 'Europe's Greatest Leader'

Jim Turner

Hillary Clinton was in Berlin Sunday and called German Chancellor Angela Merkel "the greatest leader in Europe" and said it was time the United States had a woman leader, although she didn't confirm she would seek it reported Reuters.

The former Senator and Secretary of State was promoting her book "Hard Choices", and also called Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "tough customer with a pretty thin skin" at a theater.

Clinton is widely thought to be the Democratic front-runner if she decides to run for President in 2016. She has stated she is weighing her options and will decide sometime in 2015 if she will run.

"I think we are ready for a woman to break through the glass ceiling," she said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Clinton joked about her and Merkel's like of pants suits and her admiration for the chancellor's leadership during the euro debt crisis.

"I say in the book I think she is the greatest leader in Europe, I think she is a great leader globally, I think she carried Europe on her shoulders and it wasn't easy," she said.

In a May 30 Washington Post- ABC News poll, Clinton led former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, seen by many in the GOP to be the party's strongest general-election candidate 53 to 41 percent. The poll found that neither Clinton or Bush appears to be hurt by their family name. Sixty-six percent of Americans say they view the Clinton family favorably, while 54 percent have a favorable opinion of the Bushes reported The Washington Post.

In the same poll, Sen. Rand Paul (KY), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) an New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are all within 4 percentage points of Bush. Clinton and Huckabee have ran for President before, while Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

Clinton recently was criticized for saying she and Bill Clinton were "dead broke" after her husband's presidency.

As reported previously in The inquisitr, Clinton has earned well over $1 million in speaking fees from universities alone. She usually receives around $200,000 when speaking to private companies.

She said on Friday all of the fees from colleges and universities has been donated to her family's foundation.

"All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue the life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation," Clinton said.

The Washington Post reported Bill Clinton has earned nearly $105 million in speaking fees since leaving the White House.

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