Hillary Clinton Vows to Never Run for President Again


hillaryHillary Clinton vows she will never run again for the White House. “No,” replied the Secretary of State with a laugh when asked whether she will ever again seek the presidency during an interview that aired on NBC’s “Today” show today. “This is a great job. It is a 24/7 job. And I’m looking forward to retirement at some point,” Clinton, 61, said.

Clinton, who lost her bid for the Democratic nomination last year, also denied she still wishes she’s the one making the final decisions instead of President Obama.

“I have to tell you, it never crosses my mind,” Clinton said.

“Never?” NBC’s Ann Curry asked again.

“No, not at all,” Clinton said. “I am part of the team that makes the decisions.”

Clinton vehemently refuted media reports suggesting she is “largely invisible” on the major foreign policy issues facing the nation, most notably the wars in Afghanistan and Iran.

“I find it absurd,” said Clinton, referring to the reports saying she’s been marginalized. “I find it beyond any realistic assessment of what I’m doing every day.”

Still, Clinton conceded, there might be “some misunderstanding” about her stature in the Obama White House that needs to be “clarified.”

The former first lady – and now the highest-ranking woman in the Obama administration — suggested her leadership style might be a factor in the public’s perception of her role in the administration.

“I believe in delegating power,” Clinton said. “I’m not one of these people who feels like I have to have my face in the front of the newspaper or on the TV every moment of the day. I would be irresponsible and negligent were I to say, ‘Oh, no. Everything must come to me.'”

“Now, maybe that is a woman’s thing. Maybe I’m totally secure and feel absolutely no need to go running around in order for people to see what I’m doing. It’s just the way I am.”

Asked whether Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, Clinton said she can’t “read” the Nobel committee members’ minds.

“But the fact that they recognized that his attitude toward America’s role in the world, his willingness to challenge everyone to kind of step up and take responsibility really restores an image and appreciation of our country.”

Clinton said she didn’t think winning the prize would influence the president’s deliberations concerning next steps in Afghanistan, including the question of whether to increase the number of troops in the country.

“I think that the president makes each decision on the merits,” she said. “It’s not going to influence some of these tough decisions.”

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