Clinton tells CBS television that she respects and admires Secretary Robert Gates and hopes he stays in the job a long time. There have been reports that Gates may step down. The secretary said, "As far as I know, these are just rumors. I'm happy to stay where I am."
Clinton says she committed herself to serving President Obama for at least one term, but says there's no such promise if he's re-elected. She also repeated recent assertions she's not any longer interested in elective office.
Clinton lost to Obama in a hard-fought fight for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008.