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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won’t run for President
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday she will not run for president and that her current position will be her last in public office.
Clinton spoke of her plans to an interviewer in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, where she is on the last of a four-day visit to Central Asia.
She also appeared to rule out taking any other public role, saying that she expects to return to private life as an advocate for women and children around the globe.
She said she has enjoyed an interesting and rewarding public career and will be ready to get back to the advocacy work she did as a young lawyer.
Some had speculated she might succeed Robert Gates after his expected retirement next year as secretary of defense.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, currently serving as Secretary of State, has opted not to run for president again in 2012 or 2016.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.
In interviews in New Zealand, the failed 2008 presidential candidate made clear she had no plans to run again despite talk — fueled partly by her fellow Democrats’ losses in Tuesday’s U.S. mid-term elections — she might embark on a new race.
Asked by TV3 New Zealand whether she ruled out standing for the top U.S. office through 2016, Clinton, according to a U.S. reporter, replied: “Oh yes, yes. I’m very pleased to be doing what I’m doing as secretary of state.”
In a separate interview with TV New Zealand, Clinton said she hoped the United States was ready for a female president, adding “it should be.”
Asked if it might be her, she replied: “Well, not me. But it will be someone and it is nice coming to countries that have already proven that they can elect women to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems.”