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Clinton says she won’t serve in Obama’s second term

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she doesn't want to stay on in her post if President Barack Obama is re-elected to a second term -- and she doesn't want any other job in the administration.

Clinton made the remarks in Cairo in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. She also said she does not want to be defense secretary or vice president and will not run for the presidency in 2016. "There isn't anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding," Clinton said.

Names that have been rumored as possible successors to Clinton at State include Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).

Here's an excerpt of the interview:

Q- If the president is reelected, do you want to serve a second term as secretary of state?

No

Q- Would you like to serve as secretary of defense?

No

Q- Would you like to be vice president of the United States?

No

Q- Would you like to be president of the United States?

No

Q- Why not?

Because I have the best job I could ever have. This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath. There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region. So I want to be part of helping to represent the United States at this critical moment in time, to do everything I can in support of the president and our government and the people of our country to stand for our values and our ideals, to stand up for our security, which has to remain first and foremost in my mind and to advance America's interests. And there isn't anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding.

Q- President of the United States?

You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I'm going to be, you know, moving on.

Q- I asked my viewers and followers on Twitter to send questions and a lot of them said, "Ask her if she'll run in 2016 for the presidency." A lot of folks would like to you to do that.

Well that's very kind, but I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I'm going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years.

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