- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that her current office will be her last, repeating her intention to step down after the 2012 election.

“I really am looking forward to returning to private life,” Mrs. Clinton said during an interview with the Associated Press, according to a State Department transcript. “And I’ve told everyone that I assume and believe that the president will be re-elected.

“I will, obviously, wait until he has a chance to make whatever transition he wants to make, but then I am looking forward to being out of public life, whether it’s high-level appointments like this or elective office,” she said. “I have no interest in or no plans of any sort to pursue that anymore.”

Mrs. Clinton has made similar statements before, but that has not stopped pundits from speculating that Mr. Obama might put her on the ticket next year or that she may opt for a second presidential bid in 2016.

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