Recode published a transcript from the interview, confirming Clinton's ill-worded joke which was initially overshadowed by the widespread reports from the same event that she said she would "like to be president".
Clinton said she would be prepared to do the "heavy lifting" of helping regain the United States' identity since she was in Congress and was in charge of the State Department.
Clinton: Well, that was Eric Holder.
"Tweeps, simmer down!" Swisher tweeted.
The talks about whether Hilary Clinton would run for the presidency once more started after she and her husband announced a 13-city speaking tour for her book, "What Happened". "She's not running. I think it would be pretty damn clear if she was", another longtime confidant added.
"I'm not going to handicap the race before anyone actually gets into it", Clinton said.
The overall topic of this part of the discussion was the question of whether Democrats were becoming the victim of too much political correctness. Like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Clinton has been depicted as a villain in Republican campaign ads that attack Democratic candidates. Earlier this month, Holder said of Republicans, "When they go low, we kick them". "Mitt Romney is going to the Senate, that's where he's going". The clip even begins with her flatly saying "no" when asked if she'll run again.
Should she mount a third presidential bid, Clinton would be entering a Democratic field crowded with potential contenders, a major shift from 2016, when almost no Democrats were eager to challenge her.
"And I don't think it's politically correct to say we value that".
When Swisher asked whether Clinton would be doing that heavy lifting, Clinton replied, "Oh, I have no idea".