U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, June 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

By Annika McGinnis
WASHINGTON Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:25pm EDT

(Reuters) – U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will not go into politics after leaving the White House, she said on Monday, dismissing rumors she might follow in the footsteps of predecessor Hillary Clinton and run for the Senate after her husband leaves office.

At an event to promote family-friendly workplace policies, the wife of President Barack Obama was asked whether her next move would be political.

“No, it will not be political. It definitely will not be. It will be mission-based, service-focused,” Mrs. Obama told ABC newscaster Robin Roberts.

Her comment may have been aimed at shutting down recent speculation that Mrs. Obama was mulling a future run for the U.S. Senate. President Obama’s term in the White House ends in early 2017.

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