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Hillary Clinton rules out run for president--again

By Mary Beth Sheridan

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the United States should have a woman president--but that it won't be her.

During a visit to New Zealand, she was asked by a TV New Zealand reporter if the United States was ready for a female leader. "Well, I hope so," Clinton replied. "It should be."

And could that be her?

"Well, not me, but it will be someone," Clinton replied. "And it is nice coming to countries that have already proven that they can elect women to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems."

New Zealand has had two female prime ministers, Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley.
When another interviewer asked if she would rule out running for president in 2016 or before, Clinton answered: "Oh yes, yes."

It wasn't the first time Clinton had dismissed the idea of another run for president. But speculation has persisted because of her high public-approval rating and the decline in President Obama's popularity.

Clinton is nearing the end of a two-week trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | November 5, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
 
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She will be the nominee in 2012.

Posted by: thebump | November 5, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

When choosing a National leader, rather than focusing on gender or race attributes; having th first Black, Italian-American, woman or other president, we really should emphasize character, ability or professional merit. The US should be ready to elect the right person regardless of sex, but not by virtue of sex. Hillary seems well-qualified; therefore, f decided may pose as a viable 2012 candidate. Sharp divisions from 2008 would need to be bridged among key constituent groups.

Posted by: mars11 | November 5, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Well... Hillary is way smarter than to run in the country's current state... better to wait till we are on an upward spiral... then jump in. She seems to be doing a really good job at the States Dept. and its excellent experience should she care to run in the future. Smart move.

Posted by: BobbyYarush | November 6, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Yea. And an alcholic always swears he isn't going to have a drink tomorrow too.

Posted by: jdonner2 | November 6, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Why should Hillary stay at home in the US when she can put thousands of miles between Bill and herself under the guise of international crisis management?

Posted by: ridge_road_marco | November 6, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Hillary will rule out a Presidential run until she rules it in.... As far I am concerned this doesn't amount to a bowl of warm ,chewed tobacco spit..:-)

Posted by: Obamarama1 | November 6, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is unelectable. If some people don't like the reasonable President we have today, why would they vote for the divisive Hillary? Look, if things go well in the next two years then Obama gets reelected. If things don't go well, people aren't going to reelect Obama or ANY Democrat for the Whitehouse. For the sake of our country, I truly hope Hillary's chances for getting in the White House are gone.

Posted by: ex-Navy | November 6, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

ex-Navy

Look, the GOP is all about divisiveness and obstruction. It doesn't matter to them WHO the president is.

Not to say Hillary could be either nominated or elected in 2012. The run itself would be divisive, and she's being a team player.. Thank goodness somebody is.

Posted by: leajones99 | November 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Her denials keep losing enthusiasm.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

This harridan is smarter than she looks - or acts. She has waaaay to much baggage to run, and thats just what we know of. In today's internet age, she cannot depend upon the MSM to cover for her.

She will be roasted, toasted and hung out to dry.

Just her incredibly incompetent tenure so far as SecState is enough to can her nomination.

Well, I'll take that one back. This is the party which elected Franken.

But this is a national election. She doesn't have a chance.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | November 6, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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