Hillary Clinton said Friday she would not run for president and her current job as U.S. secretary of state was probably her last public position and she would focus on women's advocacy work after leaving office.
Clinton, who has repeatedly laughed off suggestions she might still want to take command of the White House, told an audience of Bahrain students that she was not contemplating a repeat run for president after losing to Barack Obama in 2008.
"No, I'm not," Clinton said. "I think I'll serve as secretary of state as my last public position and then probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children."
It was the first time Clinton has spoken so directly about leaving public service, where she has been a dominant figure in Democratic circles for two decades.
Chatter about a possible second Clinton run at the presidency ramped up after the Democrats' serious losses in the mid-term congressional elections, which were widely interpreted as a referendum on Obama's first two years in office.
Clinton has also repeatedly been mentioned as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has signalled his intention to step down sometime in 2011, although she has also said she is not interested in the job.
"I've had a life that's been filled with all kinds of opportunities and my fair share of challenges but I'm a very lucky person," Clinton said.
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