What's next for Hillary Rodham Clinton?

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(CBS News) Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most popular woman on the planet.

In December, a Gallup Poll named her the world's most admired woman for the 11th consecutive year -- the 17th time in the last 20 years.

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Her work experience is truly unique: attorney; first lady; senator -- the first woman elected statewide in New York; and the most-traveled Secretary of State in U.S. history. Not to mention her roles as wife and mother. She has been there, done that.

Except for one thing...

A survey just released by Public Policy Polling showed Secretary Clinton beating all Republican contenders if she runs for president in 2016.

She has a double-digit lead over all comers, except for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Mo Etheilee, former press secretary for Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, spoke to Margaret Brennan and Anthony Mason about what her next act may be -- and whether or not he may be reapplying for his old job should she run and win.

"She's flat out said no," Etheilee said. "She has no interest in running. One thing about Hillary Clinton, you tend to take her at her word. Now, that doesn't mean she may change her mind. I know there's a lot of people out there that certainly hope she changes her mind."

Clinton is expected to step down from her post as Secretary of State in a few weeks, when Sen. John Kerry is likely to be confirmed as her replacement. When a reporter asked if this was her retirement, she replied coyly, "I don't know if that's the word I would use."

Etheilee said, "Whether it's an elected office or not, she is not the kind of person, I think, that's just going to kick back for too long. She'll be out there making a difference in some way."

He admitted that Clinton would have a big advantage over other candidates if she were to run for president, because she would have an organization that she would able to tap into. She doesn't need to build one from scratc, like some other candidates would.

But he thinks she's going to take some time to relax after her time at the State Department, during which she logged almost a million miles of travel.

And on the question of whether or not she will be the one to break the ultimate glass ceiling of American politics, he believes she will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

"Whether she's the person that finally breaks through it," he said. I have a feeling she's going to continue to be working on behalf of strong women candidates and women's issues across the country and across the world."

To watch the full interview with Mo Etheilee, click on the video player above.