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After State Department, Clinton looks forward to grandkids

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is constantly rumored to be considering a run for the presidency in 2016, but the only title she will openly admit to seeking is "grandma." "What are the chances in 2013 we see Hillary Clinton go from Secretary of State to grandma?" Clinton was asked in an April 1 interview ...

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is constantly rumored to be considering a run for the presidency in 2016, but the only title she will openly admit to seeking is "grandma."

"What are the chances in 2013 we see Hillary Clinton go from Secretary of State to grandma?" Clinton was asked in an April 1 interview in Turkey with ABC.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is constantly rumored to be considering a run for the presidency in 2016, but the only title she will openly admit to seeking is "grandma."

"What are the chances in 2013 we see Hillary Clinton go from Secretary of State to grandma?" Clinton was asked in an April 1 interview in Turkey with ABC.

"Well, that’s really not up to me, but I would like to have that title. I will certainly tell you that’s a title I would be proud to have," Clinton responded. "I think I’d be pretty good, but I won’t know till I try."

The interviewer asked her if she relished the transition from chasing world leaders to diaper duty.

"Well, you’re making it seem like there are certain characteristics in common with both enterprises, but I am looking forward to a return to private life," Clinton said while laughing.

That won’t quite satisfy the long list of public figures calling on Clinton to take a run at the presidency again in 2016, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who publicly called for such a move yesterday.

But Clinton said again April 1 that she will not run for president in 2016 in an interview with NBC.

"It’s very flattering, but I’m not at all planning to do that. I have no desire or intention," she said. "I want to do the best job I can as the Secretary of State for this President. I want to then take some time to get reconnected to the stuff that makes life worth living – family, friends, the sort of activities that I enjoy. And I’ll do some writing and some speaking and I’m sure I’ll be continuing to advocate on these issues."

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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