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Clinton, Jindal rule out running for 2012 US presidential polls

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November 22, 2010 20:39 IST
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Democrat and Republican bigwigs, Hillary Clinton and Bobby Jindal, have both ruled out running for United States President in 2012. While the secretary of state said that she was all too content in her current job, the Indian American made it clear that his only political aspiration now is re-election as Louisiana governor.

Clinton, who lost out to Barack Obama in the Democratic primary for presidential candidate in 2008, said she was not interested in running for the top office in 2012. "I am committed to doing what I can to advance the security, the interests and the values of the United States of America. I believe that what I'm doing right now is in furtherance of that, and I'm very proud and grateful to be doing it," Clinton told Fox News in an interview.

She said she is very happy in her current position. "I am not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office," she said in response to a question.

Appearing on the NBC, Jindal too said that right now he is focused on his job in Louisiana and would in fact seek a re-election in office next year. "I'm running for re-election in 2011. I'm running to be governor of Louisiana. There will be other candidates running for President," he said.

Thirty-nine-year old Jindal, who became the first Indian American to ascend to the office of a state governor in 2007, also rubbished suggestions of him bidding for a vice presidential position. "I'm not going to turn down something that's not been offered. I'm not running for vice president," Jindal said when asked to rule out being number two on the presidential ticket for 2012 elections.

When asked if he would like to be the President some day, Jindal said his only political aspiration is to be re-elected governor for a second term. "We've cut spending in Louisiana; we've got the second-best economic performance in the country. We're not raising taxes. I think we can prove a great example in Louisiana what Washington should be doing instead of borrowing and printing more money," he argued.

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