Clinton further rules out presidential run

Associated Press / July 27, 2009

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WASHINGTON - There is apparently no such thing as a simple yes or no when it comes to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and questions about another run for the White House.

Clinton, 61, seemed to go further yesterday than she had previously in shutting the door to another presidential campaign, after her defeat for the Democratic nomination last year by President Obama.

“Well, you know, I say no, never, you know, not at all. I don’t know what, what else to say,’’ Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press’’ after host David Gregory noted that she left some wiggle room in an interview last week in Thailand.

But then Gregory followed up by asking, “Are you saying you wouldn’t entertain another run?’’

Clinton’s response was less clear: “I have absolutely no belief in my mind that that is going to happen, that I have any interest in it happening. You know, as I said, I, I am so focused on what I’m doing.’’

In the Thai interview, Clinton said, “I don’t know, but I doubt very much that anything like that will ever be part of my life.’’