Clinton says no more politics after State Department
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that she will work to defend the rights of women and children when her term in office expires, ruling out another bid for the presidency.
“I think I’ll serve as secretary of state as my last public position and then probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children and probably around the world,” Clinton told students in Bahrain.
Asked if she would give the presidency another shot, the 63-year-old Clinton who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election said: “No. I am not.”
“I had a fascinating and rewarding public career,” she said at a gathering with students in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.
A lawyer by trade who graduated from Yale university, the wife of former US president Bill Clinton began her career as a member of an association promoting the rights of children.
Clinton also served as a senator representing the State of New York from 2000 to 2008.
“I feel very lucky because of my parents and then my education and the opportunities I’ve had, so I would like to continue working to improve lives for others as well,” she said in Manama.
Clinton was in Bahrain to open the annual Manama Dialogue organised by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.