Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied this week that she has any plans to run for the presidency in 2016. Speaking on NBC's Today Show yesterday she added that she 'can't wait' to have a life outside of politics with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton also previously claimed she would not serve a second term in President Barack Obama's administration if he wins re-election next year.
'Obviously, we're going to be very active, but it is something that I'm really looking forward to enjoying,' Clinton told the Today Show. 'When I get to go home on the weekends, which is not often enough, it's just great to be doing as little as possible.'
Asked if there was any possibility of her running for president again, Clinton replied 'no.'
'I'm very privileged to have had the opportunities to serve my country," she said. "And I am really old-fashioned. I feel like I've made my contribution, I've done the best I can. But now I want to try some other things. I want to get back to writing and maybe some teaching, working on women and girls around the world.'
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Critics and admirers alike wondered why the Clintons, if they have no further political ambitions, would maintain such a high public profile. But Clinton again confirmed she would not seek political office again.
'Well, they'll have to just watch and wait. I have made my contribution. I'm very grateful I've had a chance to serve, but I think it's time for others to step up.'
She also dismissed former Vice President Dick Cheney's comment that she would have made a better president than Obama as 'irrelevant.'
'Because a decision was made,' she said. 'I think the president has done an excellent job under the most difficult circumstances.'
Clinton even went further and acknowledged that her relationship with Obama had been awkward at first.
'Because we had had a hard fought election and I wanted to beat him and he ended up beating me,' she said. 'But he asked me to serve our country and him in his administration. Why? Because we both love our country. So I said yes because at the end of the day we have to be bigger than politics.'
Asked if she ever gives him political advice, she laughed. 'Oh, every so often,' she said, 'but I keep that to myself.'
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