Clinton Says No to Elective Office

Secretary of State, and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton said she is "not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office." Clinton added, "I am very happy doing what I'm doing" The secretary of state joined "Fox News Sunday" from Lisbon, Portugal, where NATO countries met to discuss a number of issues, including the war in Afghanistan. "What happened was a real vote of confidence in the strategy that is being pursued by the NATO-ISAF coalition," Clinton said of the agreement to set 2014 as the goal for transferring security responsibility to the Afghans. "We are following the lead of President Karzai and the Afghans to have set 2014 as the year during which security will be transitioned to the Afghans," Clinton added. Anchor Chris Wallace asked the secretary what the agreement means for US troops' role in particular. Clinton said "If you're going to continue in a supportive role, you're not there for the primary duty of security or combat, you're there to support the Afghans." Afghan President Karzai made news last week when it was reported he wanted the US to alter its strategy in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton said of her meeting with President Karzai this week, "We were very clear in saying we have to continue to do what is working, but we cannot do it to the extent that it turns people against the very strategy that's working," adding that Karzai agreed with the US position. Clinton also weighed in on the new START treaty and the debate between Republicans and Democrats about when the Senate should vote on it. "I think that everyone is trying to figure out how to do the right thing on this important treaty," Clinton said, adding, "This is in the national security interest of the United States. There's no doubt about it." The secretary invoked former President Ronald Reagan in making her argument that a quick ratification was necessary. "This is in the tradition of not just bipartisan but nonpartisan action on behalf of arms control treaties, going back to President Reagan, who famously said, 'Trust but verify.'" Well, right now we have no verification."