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Hillary Clinton on 2016: I'm not running for president

12:11 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Are you sure Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president in 2016?

Be careful how much you bet on it.

The Secretary of State told Marie Claire magazine she won't seek the presidency again in four years.

"You know?" she said. "I am not." (The comments are at the end of the article.)

When asked "why not?" and that "everybody wants you to," Clinton responded: "I have been on this high wire of national and international politics and leadership for 20 years. It has been an absolutely extraordinary personal honor and experience. But I really want to just have my own time back. I want to just be my own person. I'm looking forward to that."

Clinton is planning to leave the State Department after the election, even if President Obama -- who beat her in the 2008 Democratic primaries -- wins a second term.

Rest assured, this will not be the last word on Mrs. Clinton and 2016.

But don't assume she's in.

Clinton did tell Marie Claire she hopes to see a woman president in her lifetime: "I'm going to be cheering them on. I hope to be around when we finally elect a woman president. That would be a great experience for me, to be up there cheering."

USA TODAY

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