Arne Duncan would stay on for second Obama term

September 27, 2012

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that he intends to remain in the Obama cabinet if there is a second term. "I'm in it for the long haul," Duncan said. "I'm staying, unless the president gets sick of me." 

Duncan is routinely praised by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. He made the remarks after addressing a roomful of education officials and economists gathered for a program about K-12 education that was sponsored by the Hamilton Project, part of the Brookings Institution.

Duncan corrected one audience member who asked about his agenda if there is second Obama term. "When," Duncan interjected, prompting laughter. "When there is a second term."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have both said they do not plan to stay on in a second Obama administration. 

Lyndsey Layton has been covering national education since 2011, writing about everything from parent trigger laws to poverty’s impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform.
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