Clinton says no second term as secretary of state

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she has no desire to continue in the job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012. And she said she doesn't want to be president either.

When Clinton was asked in a CNN interview during a trip to Cairo if she wanted a second stint as America's top diplomat, she was clear.

"No," she answered -- and then moved on to rule out future jobs as defense secretary, vice president or even president of the United States.

Why would a politician who has sought the nation's top office lower her sights?

"I have the best job ever," Clinton said, saying the world was changing so quickly "it's almost hard to catch our breath."

"I want to be part of helping to represent the U.S. at this critical moment in time, to do everything I can in support of the president and the government, to stand for values and ideals and stand up for America's interest," Clinton said.

As for the presidency -- not interested.

"I had a wonderful experience running. I'm very proud of the support and the opportunity. But I'm going to be moving on," she said.

Obama beat out Clinton in the battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton, who has been both U.S. first lady and a U.S. senator, has said she has no plans to run again for president and that her current job would probably be her last in public service. She has suggested her next role may be as an advocate for women around the world.

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Will Dunham)