Clinton Kinda Rules Out Future Presidential Runs

Secretary of state defuses talk in New Zealand's media
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2010 4:54 PM CDT
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during an event on Antarctic cooperation at the U.S. Antarctic Program Center on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 in Christchurch, New Zealand.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

(Newser) – A day after being accidentally introduced as "President Clinton," Hillary seems to be taking pains to kill talk of a future run in New Zealand's media, reports Reuters. Asked whether she'd "ruled out" running through 2016, she replied, "Oh yes, yes. I'm very pleased to be doing what I'm doing as secretary of state." Asked in another interview whether she could be the first female president, she answered, "Well, not me. But it will be someone ..."

The significance? Probably not much, writes Laura Rozen in Politico, noting how one of Clinton's answers is tied to her being secretary of state—a post she likely won't hold in 2016. On another front, Clinton said the midterm losses were "big—but not out of the pattern of historical political elections." She added, "I think the president made very clear was he made decisions which were essential for the well-being of the American people."

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