Hillary Clinton will step down as U.S. Secretary of State in a few months. Clinton has previously announced that she is to step down from State early next year, and this week her spokesman, Philippe Reines confirmed that she was set to leave office within months.
Reines said: “The Secretary has been honoured to serve as President Obama’s Secretary of State, and has loved every minute of leading this Department and being part of the State family. She has said that she wants to ensure continuity, and realises the confirmation of her successor might take a period of days beyond that.”
Most Democrats are suspecting her action to be a prelude for a White House run in 2016, when she will be 69. Hillary has repeatedly claimed that she will not run for President again after her failed bid in 2008, and has added that she will not seek any public office after leaving the State. However, many pundits are skeptical of her protestations, and the main article this morning on Politico, a news website popular with insiders, anointed her the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
The top candidate to replace her is believed to be Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 who lost to incumbent, George W. Bush.
He is viewed as a more likely pick than Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, because of her widely-criticised appearance on Sunday talk shows in which she insisted that spontaneous demonstrators in Benghazi had killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
I anoint Hillary Clinton for US Presidency as well come 2016.