She proved to be an important ally for President Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, but CNN's Alex Mooney writes that Clinton won't be making a return performance in 2012.
A senior administration official said Monday Clinton would be sitting out the 2012 election, as has been customary for past secretary of states during the campaign season, Mooney reports on CNN's 1600 Report. The position is an apolitical one, the senior administration official explained, and dispatching Clinton on the campaign trail would compromise that.
Clinton did breach protocol in February when she told an audience in Tunisia that the president would be re-elected. She later defended her comment in an interview with CNN's Elise Labott.
"I was asked whether the comments in the primary campaign, some of which have been quite inflammatory, represented America," she said, adding that they did not necessarily. "I represent America."
"Probably my enthusiasm for the president got a little out of hand," Clinton said with a laugh.
But she said her comments were appropriate:
LABOTT: No political juices flowing there?
CLINTON: Well, you know, I'm trying to dampen them down. I've tried to have - you know, I've tried to have them taken out, you know, a blood transfusion. But, you know, occasionally they rear their heads.
LABOTT: Does that suggest maybe going back in at some point?
CLINTON: No, no, it just suggests that I want what's best for my country.