Hillary Clinton wants to exit after Obama term ends

Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:10

Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview on Wednesday she would not seek another term as the top US diplomat if President Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012.

Hillary told CNN she has "no intention" of running again for the presidency and said she would be "moving on" after her current term ends.

In the interview in Cairo, Hillary was asked if she would want a second term as secretary of state if Obama is re-elected, and replied simply, "No”.

She repeated that answer when asked if she wanted to be secretary of defence or vice president.

Asked to explain, she said, "Because I have the best job I could ever have. This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath."

"There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region," Hillary told CNN.

"So I want to be part of helping to represent the United States at this critical moment in time... And there isn`t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding."

Asked about running for president, Hillary said she had "a wonderful experience" in her 2008 campaign and was "very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I`m going to be, you know, moving on”.

She added: "I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I`m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years."

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:10

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