Clinton Breaks Travel Record

Secretary of state chalks up 100 countries with visit to Latvia

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 28, 2012 4:44 AM CDT | Updated Jun 28, 2012 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four years after telling staffers that she would "not in a million years" consider becoming secretary of state, Hillary Clinton is setting a record: She visits Latvia today, the 100th country she has visited in the role. Clinton is now the best-traveled secretary of state in American history, having beaten the record of 96 countries set by Madeleine Albright, her husband's secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, CBS reports. Condoleezza Rice visited 85 countries in her four years as secretary of state.

Clinton embraced the role "very early on," notes former CBS State Department reporter Charlie Wolfson. She "often speaks to audiences around the world about the experience of campaigning vigorously against President Obama, but when her opponent won and asked her to become secretary, she got on board the Obama team," he says. Clinton—who has spent 337 days on the road, including more than 1,750 hours on her Air Force 757, according to the State Department—has another six months left to clock up air miles, but has repeatedly said she won't serve another four years in the role if Obama is re-elected.

Hillary Clinton visits Marimekko textile design house company headquarters in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.
Hillary Clinton visits Marimekko textile design house company headquarters in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.   (Getty Images)
Clinton has visited 100 countries during a total of 70 trips abroad as Secretary of State.
Clinton has visited 100 countries during a total of 70 trips abroad as Secretary of State.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures before boarding her plane at Kolkata in route to Delhi Monday, May 7, 2012.
Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures before boarding her plane at Kolkata in route to Delhi Monday, May 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)
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