Mar 22nd 2012, 16:22 by Lexington
HILLARY CLINTON has announced that she will not continue in her job for a second term. In the print edition this week we take a preliminary look at her record as secretary of state. Our Washington bureau chief (and Lexington columnist) sat down with her on March 16th to discuss her approach to running the State Department.
LEXINGTON: You’re doing a great job, so why have you decided to stop?
MRS CLINTON: Well, thank you for that kind comment, but the job’s not over. I’m one of these very focused people when it comes to day-to-day work, and I’m trying not to think about what comes next so that I can stay very focused on what I’m doing now.
I have had an extraordinary 20 years. I’ve been really at the highest levels of American political life. And these last years as secretary of state, coming at a fraught time for our country—economically, politically, strategically—has been the honour of a lifetime. But I do think I need to take a little time to reflect, step off the very fast track I’ve been on.