WATCH: Jon Stewart to Hillary Clinton: ‘You’ve declared already’

WATCH: Jon Stewart to Hillary Clinton: ‘You’ve declared already’

WILL SHE RUN?:Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, in New York. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II

By Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has faced relentless speculation over her White House aspirations, but it took “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart a matter of minutes on Tuesday night to conclude using a satirical “career-aptitude test” she was campaign-ready.

Stewart’s comedic grilling as the former secretary of state appeared on Comedy Central’s late-night program to promote her new book, “Hard Choices”, came after she had dodged many direct questions on 2016.

Stewart, picking up a clipboard as a prop, quizzed Clinton on her work habits, such as her preferred shape in a home office, to assess “if you even want this job.”

“Would you like that office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?,” Stewart said, referring indirectly to the iconic Oval Office of U.S. presidents.

“You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners (the better),” Clinton said.

“Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?” Stewart continued.

“Enjoy is probably the wrong word. Expect. Survive. It just sort of comes with the territory, yes,” she said.

“So it sounds like, if I may, you’ve declared already,” Stewart said, drawing a roar of laughter and applause from the friendly studio audience.

Despite Stewart’s gimmicks and wit, Clinton did not declare herself a Democratic contender for president in 2016, but the pair did touch on more serious topics, such as rising income inequality in the United States.

Clinton has drawn fire after telling media last month that her and husband Bill had been “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2001.

“Well, you know, that was an in-artful use of words, obviously,” Clinton told Stewart later in the segment, before quickly saying she was worried about the hurdles young Americans face in getting ahead.

“You know what was kind of awesome that says to me that you’re running for president? How easily you pivoted from that into income inequality in America,” Stewart said, to audience laughter.

“That says to me you’re running for president.”

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

College football: 5 games you can’t miss


Here is a look at some of the top college football games you'll see this week and their implications for the post-season.

in Black Friday, Lifestyle

9 fresh ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers


Here are a handful of creative ways to use leftovers.

in National

Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths


The number of deaths from traffic accidents jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.

in National

Consumers, retailers face off over deep holiday discounts


Polls show shoppers, who got even bigger discounts closer to Christmas last year, are cautious with their spending and willing to wait for deals.

in Sports

Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility


The founder of the National Association of Sports Officials is worried that recent violence against referees is hurting efforts to retain officials around the country.