April 2nd, 2012
01:16 PM ET
(CNN) – She proved to be an important ally for President Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, but don’t bet on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton making a return appearance to the stump this time around.
A senior administration official said Monday Clinton would be sitting out the 2012 election, as has been customary for past secretary of states during the campaign season. The position is an apolitical one, the senior administration official explained, and dispatching Clinton on the campaign trail would compromise that.
After their bitter primary battle simmered in 2008, Clinton and Obama appeared jointly at several events, fueling speculation the president would choose his former rival as his running mate. The former New York senator remains extremely popular with women voters – a demographic the president won by a healthy 13-point margin in 2008 and one he will need to fare equally well with next November.
But the entire Clinton family won’t be absent from 2012 politics entirely. Former President Bill Clinton told MSNBC Monday he and the president have three fundraisers planned in the coming months.