Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she does not want to stay in her job if President Obama wins a second term in 2012.
The nation's top diplomat also firmly said she neither plans to mount another White House bid nor any interest in another government post such as vice president or defense secretary.
Clinton, visiting Cairo, was asked whether she would stay on in a second Obama term. She also was asked whether she would like the jobs of president, vice president or defense secretary. She offered single word responses to each: "No."
Speculation about Clinton's future is always high and she has been mentioned as a possible successor to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has told Obama that he is stepping down.
In an interview with CNN, Clinton made clear she has no interest in running the Pentagon or reviving her presidential candidacy that was halted in the 2008 Democratic primaries. "You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I'm going to be, you know, moving on," Clinton said.
"I am doing what I want to do right now, and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I'm going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years," she said. Clinton, then a senator from New York, and then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois competed in 2008 for the Democratic presidential nomination. After winning the White House, Obama named his rival as his top diplomat. Clinton immediately became one of the highest-profile members of Obama's Cabinet.