Former first lady Hillary Clinton told Ellen DeGeneres Thursday that if the eventual Democratic nominee for president asks her to serve as their number two, the answer is “probably no.”
Of course, “I never say never, because I do believe in serving my country,” she said.
Clinton discussed President Trump’s acquittal while promoting her new Hulu documentary and book about “Gutsy Women” that features DeGeneres, then shared a story about how she became Secretary of State under Obama when asked about the VP gig.
“Last question, if someone asks you to be vice president, will you do it?” DeGeneres questioned.
Clinton laughed out loud at the idea, then alleged none of the candidates would have her.
“That’s not going to happen, but no, probably no,” Clinton said.
“You don’t know that’s not going to happen,” DeGeneres persisted.
“I think I do,” Clinton said. “I think I do.
“Really?” DeGeneres said.
“Yeah, I think I do,” Clinton repeated.
“Alright,” DeGeneres said, “… but what if they did?”
The twice failed presidential candidate segued to a story, about how she eventually can to the choice to accept former president Barack Obama’s request to serve as Secretary of State.
“Oh, well. Look, it’s like when Barack Obama asked me to be Secretary of State I was shocked. I had no idea he was going to ask me and I turned him down twice,” Clinton said. “He said, ‘You know, the economy is in free-fall, it’s a catastrophe. I’ve got to focus on that. We’ve got problems around the world, you go focus on that.’ I said, ‘No, no, I’m happy where I am. You get somebody else. I’m sure there’s good people around.’
“And the second time I said no, Mr. President-elect I’m not going to do it. He said, ‘I’m not calling you again until you say yes,’” Clinton continued.
“And so I tell you, I started thinking about it and I thought if I had won and I wanted to ask him to do something, I would have wanted him to do that for me,” she said. “So I never say never because I do believe in serving my country, but it’s not going to happen.”
“Ok, so you will,” DeGeneres said.
DeGeneres closed the segment by plugging the 72-year-old’s book and heaping praise on her career in politics.
“You have been on the forefront fighting for women’s rights since you were a young girl, since you were in college,” she said. “I thank you for everything you do and everything you have done for women.
“As you say, human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. Thank you for that.”
“I’m not stopping yet,” Clinton closed with a cackle.