Clinton: Second Term as Secretary of State “Not Likely”

In an interview to air tonight at 8pm on the PBS show Tavis Smiley Reports (an hour before the President’s State of the Union address), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicates she will not serve a second term.

She also flatly denies any interest in a run for the presidency….a denial made by many a future candidate so I don’t think you can count her out.

TAVIS SMILEY: Finally, there’s already speculation about whether or not
Secretary Clinton is going to do this for the full first time, and
whether or not she has any interest if asked to stay on to do it for
eight years? You see how tough the job is, can you imagine yourself
doing all four years and, if asked, doing it for another four years?

HILLARY CLINTON: No, I really can’t. I mean, it is just…

TAVIS SMILEY: No to what? All four or eight?

HILLARY CLINTON: The whole, the whole eight, I mean, that that would be
very challenging. But I, you know, I don’t wanna make any predictions
sitting here, I’m honored to serve, I serve at the pleasure of the
President, but it’s a, it’s a 24/7 job, and I think at some point, I
will be very happy to LAUGHS pass it on to someone else.

TAVIS SMILEY: That opens the door for the obvious question, what would
Hillary Clinton want to do when she is no longer Secretary of State?

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, I, there’s so many things I’m interested in, I
mean, really going back to private life and spending time reading, and
writing, and maybe teaching, doing some personal travel, not the kind
of travel where you bring along a couple of hundred people with you.
Just focusing on, on issues of women, girls, families, the kind of
intersection between what’s considered ‘real politique’ and real life
politics, which has always fascinated me.

TAVIS SMILEY: And finally, just for the record, you have said before,
emphatically, in fact, that you are not interested in running again for
President of the United States, I’m taking your answer now to mean that
that’s still the same?

HILLARY CLINTON: Absolutely not interested.


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