ABC News' Karen Travers reports: If Sarah Palin ever becomes president, don't look for Hillary Clinton to pack up and leave the United States. The Secretary of State was asked about such a scenario today at a town hall meeting at an all-women’s college, Dar Al Hekma, in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. The rather candid question prompted laughter from the audience of students.
"Does the prospect of [former Alaska Governor] Sarah Palin one day becoming president maybe terrify you?” a male student from a nearby college asked. “And if so would you consider emigrating to Canada or possibly Russia in the event of this happening?” “Well the short answer is no. I will not be emigrating,” Clinton said with a grin “I will be visiting as often as I can.”.
But she lamented that the political season in the United States never ends and said she speaks from personal experience. “It is part of the American political environment that people are always speculating on who will run for president and who will become president,” Clinton said. “And I've gone through that experience personally, so I am very well acquainted with it.”
2012 Elections: Which GOP Candidates Might Challenge Obama Mechanical problems with her plane temporarily grounded Clinton in Jeddah, the final stop on a three-day swing through the Middle East. The secretary told reporters that there was a problem with a fuel valve on the aircraft and her departure back to Washington was delayed. But Clinton lucked out and will be able to hitch a ride back to Washington. Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, will stop in Jeddah to pick up the Secretary of State for the flight home. Petraeus happened to be in the neighborhood to meet with Saudi’s King Abdullah in Riyadh today. -Karen Travers