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Posted at 8:39 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Clinton calls State job her 'last public position'

By Glenn Kessler

MANAMA, Bahrain --Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly shut the door on another bid for elected office Friday, saying her current job is "my last public position."

Clinton, the wife of former president Bill Clinton and a strong challenger to Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, regularly says she is not interested in a second run for president. But her remarks also appeared designed to dampen ongoing speculation that she could replace Joe Biden as vice president. (One complicated, and apparently imagined, scenario had her replacing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates next year and then being tapped for the second spot on Obama's 2012 ticket.)

Speaking at a televised town hall here, Clinton, 63, said she has had a "fascinating and rewarding public career," starting off as an advocate for children. She noted that she had served eight years as first lady and eight years as senator; 2011 will be her third year as the chief U.S. diplomat.

"I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position and the probably go back to advocacy, and probably on behalf of women and children," she said.

Clinton is in Bahrain as part of a six-day tour of Central Asia and the Middle East. On Thursday, she managed to touch down in four different countries--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Bahrain--thanks to cooperative time zones and a willingness to work 22 hours straight. She is expected to return to Washington Saturday.

By Glenn Kessler  | December 3, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
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The hardest working woman in show business.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

For what it is worth, Sec. Clinton would have been an excellent president.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 3, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

She must be in Kabul now with the boss - indeed boring.

Posted by: ridagana | December 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

For what it is worth, Sec. Clinton would have been an excellent president.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 3, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

She might have been an excellent prime minister for a European-style country, but would not have been a fit for America.

America is for free people, for individualists, not collectivist serfs like they have in Europe.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | December 3, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Like anyone believes what this lying sack of crap says.

You know how you can tell when Hillary Clinton is lying? Her lips are moving!

Posted by: cbtole2 | December 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

For being cheated upon, she got some wonderful parting prizes.

Having said that, and being no fan of hers, I think we would have been better off with her than the current occupant.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | December 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that there are many here who cannot rely upon facts. I still find it disheartening that republicans continue the to make personal attacks rather than any substantive comments. It is what is wrong with America today, since we are supposed to be able to have dissent, but at the end of the day we are all Americans.

McCain, for whatever I think of him personally, continues to say one thing and then go against it later purely for political gain. If not, then is it really that he cannot make a coherent decision? Like George W. Bush, they may sound good, but based on their actions, I can't say that they are good people. It is their actions, not their words that prove it.

Hillary Clinton is by far someone who has spent her life and career giving back to America. I for one am thankful for her service. She is someone that I all of my high school students can look to for morals and integrity.

Posted by: geoffryh | December 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

geoffryh wrote:

"I still find it disheartening that republicans continue the to make personal attacks rather than any substantive comments."

you reap what you sow, dude

Posted by: shoey77 | December 3, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

To those touting the criminal Hillary Clinton as being in any way a good secretary of state, or a good president, you're delusional. She's in Bahrain, promising money to a leader only in charge, because of a coup, who is under criminal investigation for fraud, extortion and stealing money given to the country as foreign aid. But those are the sorts Obama and his cronies love the best.

Clinton isn't interested in elective office in the US, because she knows there won't be any more pickings left once she and her criminal friend, Obama are done picking our bones, just as she and Bill have done. These criminals need to be investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated, and God willing, they will be.

Posted by: jenn3 | December 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Because isn't it about time some said the obvious, that she is worthless as SecState.
Runs around doing womens' meetings.

She has contributed NO policy, no new thought, nothing. Her little cadre of zionist/Wolfowitz type advisors are no bargain for America. For sure.

As far as her not running again, hse appearance clearly has signaled that, perhaps to her credit.

She never had much to offer, except political tactics. She'd have been a disaster as President.

Posted by: whistling | December 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

So in 2012 not only can we kick out Obama we can rid ourselves of the Clintons once and for all. A twofer!

Posted by: cleancut77 | December 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

OH, be still my beating heart!
Too bad she is lying.

Posted by: Ra_Vet | December 4, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

A PIg just flew over my house.

Posted by: mike991 | December 6, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

A Pig just flew over my house.
I have just been informed that I have placed too many comments in too short a space of time.
What is this?
A newspaper, or a propaganda sheet?

Posted by: mike991 | December 6, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

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