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Michelle Obama says she has no interest in running for office

First lady tells ABC's RobRoberts thshe has no interest running for political office. |  Getty Images

First lady tells ABC's Robin Roberts that she has no interest in running for political office. | Getty Images

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Updated: July 26, 2014 6:23AM

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama said Monday she has no interest in running for political office, with her answer coming as yet another round of groundless rumors surfaced recently that she has an eye on an Illinois Senate seat. Showing a bit of her hand, Mrs. Obama said her next chapter will include some kind of “service-focused” work.

Mrs. Obama spoke about her future in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, booked in connection with the White House Working Family Summit held on Monday.

Through the years, Mrs. Obama has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois with a new book just published, even going so far as to assert she had taken steps towards a 2016 contest.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is running for re-election in 2016.

So far, no major Illinois Democrat is seriously moving toward a 2016 Senate contest.

That void makes it easier for wanton speculation about Mrs. Obama running for political office.

Earlier this month, I wrote “8 reasons” why Mrs. Obama is not running for a U.S. Senate seat.

Roberts asked Mrs. Obama, “There are many people that are wondering what’s your next act? Will it be political?”

To that Mrs. Obama replied, “Me?”

Roberts said, “Yes, you.”

Laughing Mrs. Obama said, “No, it will not be political.”

“No?” said Roberts.

Offering some rare information about what’s next, Mrs. Obama added, “Yes, no, it definitely will not be. It will be mission-based, it will be service-focused.”

Roberts, wrapping up, asked Mrs. Obama about a political future again.

“You sure you’re not getting into politics?”

Said Mrs. Obama, “I am positive.”


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