Several members of President Obama’s Cabinet plan to attend the Democratic convention, but the Democrat he beat to claim the presidential nomination four years ago will not be among them.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be about as far away as her State Department plane could take her when the convention opens in Charlotte. She left Washington on Thursday for an island hopping trip across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, with visits to the Cook Islands, Timor-Leste and Brunei, on the island of Borneo.
With additional stops in Indonesia, China and Russia, Clinton will be out of the country until several days after the convention ceremonies are over.
Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton never considered going to the convention. He noted that it is customary for national security Cabinet secretaries not to attend partisan functions, and indeed the defense secretary and other security chiefs will not be in Charlotte either.