Hillary: No, No, I'm Still Planning to Leave

Clinton squashes rumor that she might stay on

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2012 5:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton today rebuffed the notion that she might stay on for some or all of a second term as secretary of state if President Obama wins re-election, the Washington Post reports. "It’s really still my same time frame," she said. "I’m aiming to leave shortly after the inauguration; that’s my plan." Obama has been too busy campaigning to discuss it with her, she said, but she'll stay until her successor is confirmed by the Senate—a typical MO for cabinet members who serve only one term, notes the Post.

Hillary Clinton answers a reporter's question during a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012,  at the State Department in Washington.
Hillary Clinton answers a reporter's question during a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the State Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wait to be introduced before speaking at Healy Hall of Georgetown University in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, on Energy Diplomacy in the 21st Century.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wait to be introduced before speaking at Healy Hall of Georgetown University in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, on Energy Diplomacy in the 21st Century.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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