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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wont Seek Second Term


In an interview Thursday night with PBS's Tavis Smiley, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she doesn't see herself serving a second term should Barack Obama be reelected.

"No, I really can't," she said. "The whole eight (years), I mean that would be very challenging. But I... don't want to make any predictions sitting here."

The decision isn't exactly unusual, Politics Daily reports. Rarely do secretaries of state stay for a full eight years. Many have bowed out before the end of a first term.

Clinton told Smiley she sees herself "going back to private life and spending time reading, and writing, and maybe teaching, doing some personal travel" at the end of her first term.

Clinton has become an influential and outspoken opponent of Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill in recent months, speaking out on several occasions against international homophobia.

In November, speaking at a press conference on the eve of World AIDS Day, Clinton said, "Obviously, our efforts are hampered whenever discrimination or marginalization of certain populations results in less effective outreach and treatment. So we will work not only to ensure access for all who need it but also to combat discrimination more broadly. We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide."

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