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Secretary leaves second term question up to Obama

NASHVILLE — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he would leave the issue of whether he would serve in a second Obama administration up to the president, but sounded more likely to accept an offer to stay on than either Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who have said they doubt they would serve in a second term.

“This is the greatest job in America. I am working with some great people. I am confident the president will be re-elected and should be re-elected,” Vilsack said, after noting that wanted to be “respectful” of the president’s prerogative to choose his Cabinet officials.

Vilsack was speaking to reporters at a news conference after a speech to the Commodity Classic.