TAVIS SMILEY: Finally, there's already speculation about whether or not Secretary Clinton is going to do this for the full first term, and whether or not she has any interest if asked to stay on to do it for eight years? You see how tough the job is, can you imagine yourself doing all four years and, if asked, doing it for another four years?I get the feeling that most of the people who ask her that question are relieved when the answer is still no.
HILLARY CLINTON: No, I really can't. I mean, it is just…
TAVIS SMILEY: No to what? All four or eight?
HILLARY CLINTON: The whole, the whole eight, I mean, that that would be very challenging. But I, you know, I don't wanna make any predictions sitting here, I'm honored to serve, I serve at the pleasure of the President, but it's a, it's a 24/7 job, and I think at some point, I will be very happy to [LAUGHS] pass it on to someone else.
TAVIS SMILEY: That opens the door for the obvious question, what would Hillary Clinton want to do when she is no longer Secretary of State?
HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, I, there's so many things I'm interested in, I mean, really going back to private life and spending time reading, and writing, and maybe teaching, doing some personal travel, not the kind of travel where you bring along a couple of hundred people with you. Just focusing on, on issues of women, girls, families, the kind of intersection between what's considered 'real politique' and real life politics, which has always fascinated me.
TAVIS SMILEY: And finally, just for the record, you have said before, emphatically, in fact, that you are not interested in running again for President of the United States, I’m taking your answer now to mean that that's still the same?
HILLARY CLINTON: Absolutely not interested.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells Tavis Smiley in an interview airing tonight that she doesn't envision being a two-term cabinet member: