Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be joining in the effort to reelect President Barack Obama. "Senior administration officials confirmed on Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not be joining the president on the campaign trail, given the explicit need to avoid making her position appear political," the Huffington Post reports.

Clinton opposed Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

"Though Clinton has said she will leave the State Department at the end of Obama's first term, she will still be Secretary of State as he ratchets up his general election campaign against Romney," according to the Huffington Post. "Clinton's role, of course, requires more than just a deft diplomatic (and often apolitical) touch. It also requires her to travel extensively across the globe. (Clinton is not the first Secretary of State to sit an election season out; Colin Powell did not join President George W. Bush on the campaign trail.)"

The article does not detail why Clinton is expected to sit out this election, though she is perennially named as a potential replacement of Vice President Joe Biden on the ticket and as a possible 2016 Democratic candidate.

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