Secretary Clinton says no to second term

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer in Cairo, Secretary Hillary Clinton gives it to us straight:

Q- If the president is reelected, do you want to serve a second term as secretary of state?


Q- Would you like to serve as secretary of defense?


Q- Would you like to be vice president of the United States?


Q- Would you like to be president of the United States?


She gives some explanation about her reasons for not running for president again (which we expected), but I’m curious to hear more about her decisions not to take a second term (full interview will air on The Situation Room at 5 pm EST). I’ll admit I’m disappointed — she has been a really strong force as Secretary of State, but I’m also hopeful of what’s to come from her; it’s hard to believe this would be the end of her political career.

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  • Serena Freewomyn

    It’s a bummer that Hillary is going to tap out – but totally understandable. It’s a hard life traveling and putting up with all the political shenanigans. More power to her for saying it’s time to step down and focus on her own life.

  • beet

    There’s a definite shortage of women in Obama’s Cabinet or high profile women in Obama’s inner circle and it’ll definitely be a lot more obvious with Hillary gone.

    • ecape2

      Well, Hillary has not been ideal. (Not saying any politician has.) The Wikileaks reports showed her breaking international laws with regards to espionage on foreign dignitaries. She also helped the Obama administration cover up murders overseas, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries where the U.S. plays a heavy hand in local politics. Do I think there’s been any U.S. administration that /hasn’t/ taken part in those kinds of acts? Probably not. But still, it keeps me from putting any of them on a pedestal, and I’m sure that having her name in these leaked documents hasn’t helped.

  • Kat Reese

    I’m not surprised. President Clinton already discussed this in a public interview last month (or maybe January) where he plainly said that they were both eagerly looking forward to becoming grandparents–Hillary even more so than Bill.

    I’m glad that Clinton has been able to do as much as she has since being First Lady, then becoming Senator, then running for the presidential nomination, and finally taking on Cabinet responsibility.

    All of these things are thankless jobs (for the most part) and I can completely understand a desire towards the end of life to retire, slowly, from public life. She is 64 and he is 65, ages at which a turning inward again is a normal desire.