Clinton, who has spent two
decades in the national spotlight and narrowly lost her own bid to be
president in 2008, said she enjoyed her job as the top US diplomat but
found it physically grueling.
Asked by talk-show host Tavis Smiley if she would serve eight years, she replied: "No, I really can't."
"The whole eight -- that would be very challenging," she said in the interview broadcast Wednesday on public television.
"It's a 24-7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else," Clinton said.
Clinton repeated that she would not run again for president, saying
she wanted a private life after a career in which she has served as
first lady and a US senator.
"There are so many things I'm interested in, really going back to private life and spending time reading
and writing and maybe teaching. Maybe some personal travel -- not the
kind of travel where you bring a couple of hundred people with you,"
Clinton said she also hoped throughout her life to be a strong advocate for the rights of women and girls.
The interview was broadcast the same evening that Obama delivered
his first State of the Union address, which Clinton missed as she was
in London to attend international talks on Afghanistan and Yemen.
By tradition, one member of the cabinet stays away from the
president's annual address to Congress as a precaution in case of
As Clinton was overseas, that was not her. Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Shaun Donovan stayed away in an undisclosed
Secretaries of state in recent times have rarely served more than
one presidential term, although George Shultz was in office for six and
a half years under Ronald Reagan.