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Valerie Jarrett Won't Rule Out Run for Office

And won't endorse Hillary.

3:46 PM, Jun 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama's closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett says there's no way, no how Michelle Obama runs for political office. But will Jarrett? The aide is leaving that possibility open.

"I want to talk to you about the future," said the NBC reporter interviewing Jarrett. "Is Michelle Obama going to run for office?"

"No," Jarrett said resolutely.

"You said that very definitively," the reporter countered.

"Well, I'm absolutely, 100 percent positive that that will never happen," Jarrett proclaimed.

The reporter prodded, "How about Valerie Jarrett? Will you ever run for office?"

"Unlikely," Obama's adviser said, leaving the door slightly open.

"But maybe?"

"Not as definitive as the first lady, but highly unlikely," said Jarrett.

When the NBC reporter tried to see whether she or the first lady were supporting Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, Jarrett said, "well, since she hasn't even announced her candidacy, I think it's premature much."

Daniel Halper is online editor at The Weekly Standard and author of the forthcoming Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.

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