Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took a page from the Onion. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is not going to lead the State Department, he told the audience at an education conference in Washington. 

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote in a column Tuesday that Duncan would be his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down.

"Last week, The Onion said I was going to become a male stripper," Duncan said during a question-and-answer session at a Foundation for Excellence in Education conference in Washington. "The Onion is probably more accurate than Tom Friedman."

Here's that Onion article. Duncan tweeted after the article came out that stripping was "my secret plan B if we lost the election." 

Duncan said before the election that he was planning to stay in his post for a second term.