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

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. ChumBucket

    I for one am glad that she will not run against Obama.

    She would probably become president if she did.

    As it stands, Obama has zero chance to be re elected, unless he's running against Palin or Bachmann, which he won't be.

    September 9, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good for you, Hillary! And, should you decide to run in 2016, I, for one, will absolutely support YOU.

    September 9, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Rachel

    I will miss ya when you leave public life.

    September 9, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Thank you to Hillary for doing a great job as Secretary of State. Even Republicans acknowledge her competency and contributions. She would have been a great president.

    September 9, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. PhonyRepubs

    Well thank you mrs Clinton.
    There is no need to challenge Pres o again. You proved yourself the loser in last election so please leave it at that.

    Obama is all set for winning his second term and that is a good thing!

    September 9, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. bb

    Wish she would continue on in public service – Hillary is a true leader. But she deserves whatever path she chooses to take. We need more people like her to serve our country.

    September 9, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Sandy

    Why would anyone listen to Cheney?

    September 9, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. gg

    Republicans will love to see her running against the president so that they can split the voters in general election!...OH yeah do we remember and learned from the past when Ted Kennedy ran agaistand Jimmy Carter on his second term?...BIG TIME!..guess what!... Democrats are united will not give a chance to the party of NO and do NOTHING.. they only care about themself and big fat corporations.

    September 9, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Why are people trying to cause dissention within the administration? I think Sec. Clinton is satisfied where she's at. Not to mention that she is doing a fantastic job at State. From handling the Arab Spring and restoring America's good name in the world, I think she's in the right place.

    September 9, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. FM

    We all love you Hillary. Don't listen to these right wing nuts. They want to divide us and conquer. You are smarter than they are. Don't let them over run you! We trust you more than you thought of, and we are more than 100% that you will not let their wish take the course!

    September 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. gt

    the biggest mistake america has had in decades..when hillary did not get the nomination ..i know we would be so much better off than we are now... sad sad sad...ugh

    September 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Woman In California

    This is such a NONSTORY.

    September 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    In the past, Clinton has also indicated that she would like secretary of state to be last her job in government.
    Finally something Hillary said that I can agree with her on. She was a great first lady but after that it has been completely underwhelming.

    September 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. ugogirl

    I know youve been in this a long time but I would hope you would stay on as SOS through Obamas next term and I would LOVE to see you run in 2016!

    September 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Rick in OP

    The only reason Hillary does not challenge Obama is because of Obama's massive amount of campaign funds. Otherwise, there would be many challengers to Obama.

    September 9, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Hilary looks tired - I'm sure at her age she doesn't want to go into 8 hard years of fighting the HELL NO REPUBLICANS that the idiots in this country keep putting in control in D.C.

    The uneducated just don't understand that the wealthy will NEVER do anything but cut wages and all else for the working class of this country. They want minimum wage or lower, no benefits, while THEY take our taxes and have the best the world has to offer -- of EVERYTHING.

    Fascism HAS walked in our front door wearing a flag and carrying a cross - false-prophets that lie to their own mothers if it will benefit them.

    September 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. phoenix86

    Hillary has spent the past 36 months as Obama's mouthpiece for unilateral surrender in the area of foreign policy. Her stature as a serious and thoughtful politician ïs also "below zero".

    September 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    I would not have distinguished the question with a reply without pointing out that the question originates from Dick Cheney stirring the pot, trying to create discourse and divisions within the Democratic Party.

    September 9, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Emery

    Hillary Clinton has been a fantastic sport and has not in the slightest been a sore loser when it came to losing the Nomination in 2008. Obama gave her a significant nod by choosing her as Secretary of State, and she has definitely come through for him to serve in that capacity. After most of her recent life has been absorbed by politics (especially when Bill was still President and his own scandals arose), she deserves to move on to something else, something more meaningful. It's obvious that she has tremendous respect for President Obama and the other members of the cabinet she serves under.

    September 9, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Ed Texas

    Obama is still the best candidate for the Presidency in 2012. I can see no one else, Repub or Democrat, that has the leadership to bring most of the masses together than Obama. What we now have in the Repub party are the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Hee Haw Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Flip Flopper Mitt Romney so totally unsuitable for the presidency and viewed by many Independents as total flakes that must never be in control of this country. We need two strong political parties but the Republicans have "run-off" all reasonable candidates. Really sad and I believe most of the smart and educated GOP members know this. The Tea Baggers who hi jacked the GOP do not but they will learn during the 2012 election when the Americna People take back their Country!!!

    September 9, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Bessy

    @ GI Joe You are so right. It really is hard to believe that we have so many uneducated and idiots in this country. I guess this says something about our education system because at the very least, if you even listened in school, you could not be so easily led like a flock of sheep. You would at least check things out before making statements. I just hope people are checking out Fact Check re: some of the statements the Republicans make in their debate Wednesday. There were so many lies spoken it gives me a headache.

    September 9, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. The Elephant in The Room

    "Less than zero". Nicely put HC. How silly is it that these empty-headed journalists keep asking the same question over and over – like something out of Dick Cheney makes revisiting this credible.

    With total debt [Household, Government, Corporate] @ 375% of GDP [accumulated by a DECADE of bad management], NOBODY in there right mind wants to be President right now.

    Reagan was luckly, after the 1981 recession he only face total debt of 175% of GDP so spending came back much quicker. President Obama was handed a much tougher situation.

    Too bad HC doesn`t want to run in 2016. She could help the Ds hold the WH for 16 straight years and undo the conservatists takeover @ SCOTUS. I sure hope the Ds are priming the pump with other females in their 40`s right now.

    September 9, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Charlie from the North

    And by doing so has assured my support in 2016.should she choose to run.

    September 9, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    "Lucullus NYC

    Oh please Mr. Obama isn't even "give'm heck". A lot of people bought into his campaign rethoric only to discover that they were only words. He has no spine and nothing between his legs. He's a timid bunny afraid that the jack boot right won't like him but he keeps trying to appease them anyway. What an embarrassment, he makes Neville Chamberlin look decisive and strong. We wanted FDR and got WTF instead."
    The biggest mistake in Washington polictics was to put the Tea Party in charge of the House. The House controls *all* spending and borrowing. The US credit rating was downgraded on their watch.

    September 9, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Joan

    She has been an excellent Secretary of State and hopefully she will stay on after 2012. They make a good team. If she doesn't run in 2016, she would also be an excellent Justice on the Supreme Court. She is so talented and she will certainly use her talents well and to benefit others. People who keep suggesting that she run against Pres. Obama are just trying to stir up controversy, especially the media. Obviously the Republicans would love to see a divided Democratic party just like theirs is now but that is not going to happen. They are eating their own right now. Now everyone needs to get behind Pres. Obama and provide a unified front against the horrible attacks he is going to face during this campaign period. The Democrats who are criticizing his policies may be eating their words if a Republican gets in next fall. Then they will really have something to complain about.

    September 9, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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