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'Absolutely No Interest' in Presidential Run: Clinton

Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 09:38 AM

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a TV interview Wednesday that she has "absolutely no interest" in running again for president.

Clinton sought the Democratic Party nomination for the 2008 presidential election, and lost to now-President Barack Obama after a long, hard-fought primary campaign season.

"I have absolutely no interest in running for president again," Clinton told ABC News.

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"No. None. I know that's hard for some people to believe. But, you know, I just don't."

In an NBC interview broadcast Monday Clinton answered "no" when asked if she would run for president again.

"I did say that," Clinton reiterated to ABC.

Clinton said she feels she has had "the most amazing life" in public service.

"And for the last 17 years, ever since my husband (former president Bill Clinton) started running for president, I have been, you know, in the spotlight, working hard."

Clinton said that her current job as the top US diplomat "is incredibly, all-encompassing" and that when it is over, she may look forward to "taking some time off."

Clinton said she was at first skeptical when she got a call from Obama asking her to be secretary of state just days after the November 4, 2008 presidential election.

"He said, 'I want you to be my secretary of state,'" Clinton said. "I said, 'Oh, no, you don't.'"

Clinton told Obama that there were many other people who could do the job.

"We kept talking. I finally began thinking -- if I had won, and I called him, I would have wanted him to say yes," Clinton said.

"I'm pretty old-fashioned. It's just who I am. At the end of the day, when your president asks you to serve, you say yes, if you can."

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