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Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s time for others to step up’

Once again Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked, and once again she said no. ( So could we please stop asking her?)

The secretary of state once again said Monday she does not plan to run for president in 2016, adding that she’s looking forward to writing, teaching and one day becoming a grandmother.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Clinton said it’s time for other Democrats to run for president. “I have made my contribution, I’m very grateful I’ve had a chance to serve, but I think it’s time for others to step up,” she said.

The “Today” piece mirrored other televised and print profiles from recent months: It highlighted her “hectic schedule,” her government-issued plane, the more than 600,000 miles traveled over the course of her tenure, her dozens of hair-dos, and whether she gets along with President Obama. (Similar pieces by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair have appeared in recent months.)

Asked by Savannah Guthrie whether she ever plans to run for president again, Clinton once again said no: “I’m really old fashioned, I feel like I’ve made my contribution, I’ve done the best I can, but now I want to try some other things,” Clinton said. “I want to get back to writing and maybe some teaching, working on women and girls around the world.”

On her relationship with Obama: “We had had a hard-fought election, and I wanted to beat him and he ended up beating me. But he asked me to serve our country and him in his administration. Why? Because we both love our country. So I said yes. At the end of the day, we have to be bigger than politics.

Whether she thinks she’s in Obama’s inner circle: “I think on the issues I work on, in the national security arena, absolutely.”

On whether she’s asked for or gives Obama political advice: “Every so often, but I keep that to myself.”

Clinton, who for years was reviled and ridiculed by her opponents, has ranked as the most admired woman in America for nine years in a row, was asked about her sustained popularity. Why?

“I think because I’ve been on the public consciousness for so long and on the television screens in peoples’ homes, I think there’s a comfort,” she said.

As for her political after-life, Clinton said, “I can’t wait. Obviously, we’re going to be very active, but it is something I’m really looking forward to enjoying. When I get to go home on the weekends, which is not often, it’s just great to be doing as little as possible. After this 20 years, that will be very welcome.”

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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