A day after New Zealand Prime Minister John Phillip Key accidentally called Hillary Clinton, "President Clinton," the secretary of state and former presidential candidate said she has no plans to seek the title -- again.
She made the comments in New Zealand on Friday, the second to last stop on her two-week Asia-Pacific tour. In two separate interviews there, Secretary Clinton said she doesn't intend to run for president in 2012 or 2016.
Asked by TV3 New Zealand whether she really has ruled out running for the White House through 2016, "Oh yes, yes," she insisted. "I'm very pleased to be doing what I'm doing as secretary of state," she told TV3 New Zealand."
In a separate interview with TV New Zealand, ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner asked Clinton whether the U.S. is ready for a female president. She responded with a big laugh and then, "I hope so." But she quickly added, "Well, not me. But it will be someone and it is nice coming to countries that have already proven that they can elect women to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems." New Zealand's former prime ministers include Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley.
Clinton was out of the country for Tuesday's sweep by the GOP but she didn't escape U.S. political questions on her overseas trip. Asked about the message of the midterms, Clinton said the results are part of a trend her husband (President Bill Clinton) confronted in 1994.
"We have an historical pattern of this happening, that the party of the president loses seats in the first midterm election, she told ONE News. "It doesn't make it easier. It's deeply saddening to see good people lose their congressional seats.""And certainly I know that (the President) is going to work hard the next two years to build a strong relationship with the Congress."
Clinton largely stayed out of the midterm elections, leaving the campaigning to her husband, who crisscrossed the country stumping for Democrats.
"I'm out of politics. I'm not in any way involved in any of the political campaigns that are going on up to this midterm election," she said at a Fortune magazine summit in D.C. last month.