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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a minor jab at Russian President Putin Wednesday by immitating him as part of effort to extoll the virtues of American democracy.

    MOSCOW, January 22 (Sputnik) — Addressing the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in Manitoba, Canada on Wednesday, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton extolled the virtues of American democracy while imagining what Vladimir Putin's internal thought process might be like.

    Clinton took advantage of a slip by her interviewer, who noted that "if…you decided to be leader of the United States" before correcting himself by noting "or actually run for that [office], because there is a process…"

    The former first lady decided to go off on a playful tangent, noting "yes, there is a process. It's not like Putin. I mean you could imagine the conversation with Putin. You know, he was the prime minister after he was president and one day he says, 'Vladimir, you think you'd like to be president again? I think I would like that. Why don't we just go announce it? We'll tell Dmitri [Medvedev] that he could be prime minister. Excellent, excellent idea.' Yeah, we have a process, yes."

    Clinton was referring to Putin's decision to run for a third, non-consecutive term for the Russian presidency in 2012, which is legal under Russian constitutional law.
    The Washington Post could not help but point out that, consciously or unconsciously, Mrs. Clinton's impression of Putin "sounds an awful like bad impressions of another former head of state: her husband [Bill Clinton]."

    Clinton's playful prodding is a far cry from much harsher commentary made last March, when the former Secretary of State compared the Russian president to Hitler, arguing that Crimea's decision to rejoin Russia was "what Hitler did back in the '30s." Putin was noted to have replied to Mrs. Clinton's remarks by noting that "Mrs. Clinton has never been known for the elegance of her remarks…When people push the boundaries of common decency too far, it's not because they are strong, but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman."

    Mrs. Clinton is widely expected to announce her candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. With Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expected to make a strong play for the Republican Party nomination, Mrs. Clinton is widely expected by pundits to be among the main contenders for the Democratic nomination. Should either run and win, it would further extend the rule of the two political families which managed to govern the United States for twenty years, from 1988 until the inauguration of President Obama.

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