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

(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.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a news conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Jan. 20.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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