Clinton says she is going to be a one term Secretary of State
(POLITICO) In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term. She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
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.
Clinton previously told the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler much the same thing: “Clinton said she loves being secretary of state, but conceded, ‘It is a really hard job . . . a 24-7 job,’ and ‘I feel the weight of it pretty significantly.’ Asked if she would be sitting in the same office for eight years, Clinton shuddered. ‘Please! I will be so old,’ she said with a shake of her head.”
(That said, she showed extraordinary stamina and few signs of fatigue on a trip to Pakistan and the Middle East last fall.)
She also tells Smiley that husband Bill has been an asset in the job:
TAVIS SMILEY: You’ve made it clear that you are your own person but I would assume that having Bill Clinton is an asset.
HILLARY CLINTON: It sure is an asset LAUGHS because the people I don’t know he does know LAUGHS and the places I haven’t been, he’s been. We talk all the time, I ask advice about every issue you can imagine. I, I have such a, you know, great ongoing conversation with Bill that’s lasted for so many years, and I find him a great sounding board for me.