Hillary: An emphatic "No" on 2016

The Secretary of State insisted on the "Today" show that she has no interest in another presidential bid

Published October 17, 2011 12:59PM (EDT)

  (NBC News)
(NBC News)

In an interview that aired on this morning's "Today" show, Hillary Clinton displayed the same charm and command that have made her one of America's best-loved stateswomen. It's also easy to see why the secretary of state is the most popular figure in the Obama administration, and why many are clamoring for more. Still, Clinton shrugged off the idea, yet again, that she will run for president in 2016. Asked by NBC's Savannah Guthrie, she said:

No. No. You know, Savannah, I'm very privileged to have had the opportunities to serve my country. I'm really old-fashioned. I've made my contribution. I've done the best I can. But now I want to try some other things. I want to get back to writing, maybe some teaching, working on women and girls around the world.

I have made my contribution. I'm very grateful I've had a chance to serve, but now I think it's time for others to step up.

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By Peter Finocchiaro

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