CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be attending the Democratic National Convention this year, citing her job – and its requirement that she stay away from partisan politics – as the reason for her planned absence.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Clinton told media outlets last week of the decision.
“Given her current position, she will not be attending, consistent with her not engaging in any political activity whatsoever,” Secretary of State spokesman Philippe Reines said via e-mail to the Observer last Friday.
Federal statutes, as well as ethical guidelines set for the State Department, have been noted as reasons for the decision.
Reines added that Clinton has been a faithful attendee at the DNC for several decades, her participation dating back “possibly all the way … to 68 in Chicago.”
Four years ago, Clinton’s “No Way, No How, No McCain” speech given at the 2008 DNC served as a rallying point for liberals around then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Secretary’s husband, will reportedly be in attendance.