Clinton: ‘Below zero’ chance at challenging Obama
September 9th, 2011
10:51 AM ET
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Clinton: ‘Below zero’ chance at challenging Obama

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there is a "below zero" chance that she will challenge President Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012.

In an interview with CNN's Alison Kosik on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the former senator from New York said she is happy with her current job.

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"One of the great things about being Secretary of State is I am out of politics," Clinton said. "I have a big job to do and I am honored to do it everyday."

When Kosik asked if she would ever get back into politics, Clinton said she had the same feelings.

"I don't think so. I think I am going to stay focused on doing what I can to make sure that we continue to lead the world," Clinton said.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, possibly in an attempt to needle Democrats, said in a recent interview with ABC News that it was "not a bad idea" for Clinton to challenge Obama.

"I am not interested in being drawn back into it [politics] by anybody," said Clinton.

In the past, Clinton has also indicated that she would like secretary of state to be last her job in government.

"I think I'll serve as secretary of state as my last public position," Clinton said at a 2010 event in Bahrain. "Then (I'll) probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children, and particularly around the world."

She told CNN’s Wolf Blizter earlier this year that if the president is re-elected she does not want to serve a second term.

Clinton and Obama fought well into overtime in a historic battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Since then there have been rumors that Clinton might want to primary challenge Obama in 2012, but she has consistently knocked down such talk.

–CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. John, PA

    Hillary is not stupid; she does not want to inherit the mess Obama created!

    September 9, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Amanda

    Hillary Clinton, you have My full support!

    September 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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