Clinton hopes for female president in her lifetime

WASHINGTON Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:30pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said on Sunday she hoped there would a female U.S. president in her lifetime but ruled out the chance she would run again.

Now secretary of state in the Cabinet of her onetime rival President Barack Obama, Clinton said it was a "daunting" challenge for a woman to run for president.

"It will take the right woman who can make the case and win the votes and get elected. I am certainly hoping it will happen in my lifetime," she told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

When pressed whether she would run again, she said, "I have absolutely no belief, in my mind, that that will happen."

Clinton declined comment on the presidential prospects for outgoing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was Republican contender Senator John McCain's running mate in last year's race.

Pressed on whether she thought Palin had the right attributes to be president, Clinton replied: "That is up to the voters to determine." She added that putting together an election campaign was a complicated venture.

"I am just going to leave it at that," she said. "I do want to see a woman elected. I hope it is a Democratic woman who represents the type of approach that I happen to favor."

(Reporting by Sue Pleming, editing by Vicki Allen)

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