Hillary Clinton Will Leave State Department if Obama Wins Reelection in 2012

Mar 16, 2011 3:07pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an interviewer today that she would not accept a role in a possible second Obama administration.

The executive producer of the CNN show John King USA, Michelle Jaconi, tweeted that Secretary Clinton told the network in an interview in Cairo today that she “would NOT be in an Obama 2nd term cabinet.”

Clinton had been rumored to take over for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but has suggested she was not open to the job.

Clinton also told CNN she wouldn't want to be vice president or run for president again.

"You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I'm going to be, you know, moving on," she said, according to a transcript.

While today’s comments would be the most definitive, Clinton has also said in the past that she has was leaning against another term as Secretary of State.

In January, she told The Today Show that a second term wasn’t something she was “committing to or even thinking about.”

When asked during a PBS interview in January 2010 whether she could imagine staying on the job for another four years, she replied “No, I really can’t,” saying a full 8 years would be “very challenging.”

Clinton has said that once she leaves the Obama administration she would like to focus her work on women and girls, something she has remained passionate about during her time as America’s top diplomat.

- Kirit Radia


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