Clinton: Ready to Leave 'High Wire' of US Politics
She reiterates she doesn't want second term at State
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 3:18 PM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a news conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Jan. 20.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Doesn't sound like Hillary Clinton is having second thoughts about stepping down as secretary of state if President Obama wins a second term. “I’ve made it clear that I will certainly stay on until the president nominates someone and that transition can occur,” she told State Department staffers today, according to Bloomberg. "But I think after 20 years, and it will be 20 years, of being on the high wire of American politics and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am."

Clinton has said much the same before (see here and here). Of course, "everyone always says that when they leave these jobs," she added as her audience laughed, notes AP. As for the GOP race: "You know, I didn't watch any of those debates." And the persistent rumor that she'll replace Joe Biden as VP: "I am happy to work with Vice President Biden, who does an excellent job." More at Politico.

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Jan 28, 2012 3:58 AM CST
don't let the extra wide barn door hit ya in the haunch on the way out
Jan 26, 2012 11:43 PM CST
Boy, has she aged since she became Secretary of State--she looks about 15 years older than she did in 2008. I absolutely believe that she is ready to retire; maybe we'll see her serving on a commission or something, but I don't think she'll ever take another permanent job.
Jan 26, 2012 9:32 PM CST
Clinton has shown to be a very good Secretary-of-State.... I hope Obama can "twist her arm" and convince her to remain in that office through the second term.....