Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was on NBC’s Today show this morning when she was asked whether or not she will ever run for president again. Clinton said, “No. I mean, this is—this is—a great job. It is a 24/7 job. And– I’m looking forward to retirement at some point.”
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The bulk of the interview consisted of foreign policy questions, but Ann Curry asked Sec. Clinton if she wishes she was the one making the big decisions instead of Obama. Clinton answered, “I have to tell you, it never crosses my mind. In–No. Not at all. My– I am part of the team that makes the decisions. And that is the way it should be. You know, usually, in the past, not always, the Secretary of State was in constant battles with the White House. Or with the defense department. And some of it, to be very honest, was nothing but ego. It was, “No. This is me. I’m supposed to be the important person here.”
When she was asked if she will ever run for president again, Clinton answered, No. No. I mean, this is—this is—a great job. It is a 24/7 job. And– I’m looking forward to retirement at some point.” This is exactly what the Sec. of State should be saying right now, but Hillary Clinton has been a strong team player since her campaign ended, so I think she would find it hard to say no, if there was support for her candidacy in 2016.
The one possible reason that she might not run again was the one she mentioned, age. Hillary Clinton will be a senior citizen if she serves two terms in the Obama administration. After spending virtually every year in Washington since 1992, she may want to retire. If she is serious about retirement, she would surely disappoint millions of supporters, who would love to see nothing more than for her to take another run at the White House.
I know that some Republicans go to bed at night dreaming about the possibility of Clinton taking on Obama again, but this is simply not going to happen. If Hillary Clinton runs again, it will be with the full blessing of President Obama. There would be no Democratic civil war, because Clinton has done a fantastic job fitting into Obama’s administration.