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Bill, Hillary Clinton share speech across Pacific

September 6, 2012
DILI: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visiting remote East Timor during the Democratic convention, revealed today she worked with her husband Bill Clinton on his prime-time speech.

Asked about politics back home, Clinton held up what appeared to be the former president’s speech to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which he nominated President Barack Obama to a second term.

“I received the as-prepared version, which I am anxious – when I can – to compare with the as-delivered version,” Clinton told a news conference with East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

“It’s a great honour for him to be nominating the president and I’m delighted to be here in Timor-Leste on behalf of the United States in furtherance of our shared values,” she said, referring to the young nation by its official Portuguese name.

En route to the airport later, Clinton called her husband to discuss the speech he had delivered. “It was great,” she said, according to an aide.

Hillary Clinton, who narrowly lost out to Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, said that this was the first time in “many, many years” that she had not attended her party’s convention.

“Officially, let me say that for decades secretaries of state have not attended political conventions because of the non-partisan nature of our foreign policy,” she said.

“I think it’s a good rule. It’s one that I certainly accepted,” she said.

Since agreeing to be Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary Clinton has become one of the most popular US political figures, raising speculation she will make another run for the presidency.

But Clinton, who turns 65 next month, has repeatedly ruled out a run in 2016.



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