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Will attack on consulate in Libya mar Hillary Clinton's diplomatic legacy?

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers a question during a joint press conference with Brazilian Foreign Minister following their bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2012. Clinton warned on Wednesday that any power vacuum in Lebanon could be exploited by Syria and worsen tensions in the Middle East. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton is set to walk out of the State Department for the last time in January. Up until a few weeks ago, her term as Secretary of State was going smoothly. She enjoyed high approval ratings and is widely seen as more popular than the president.

But then the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya happened and opened up questions as to why terrorists were able to kill the U.S. ambassador and three others, all on Hillary Clinton's watch.

For the first time, she left the door open to possibly extending her term as Secretary of State, telling the Wall Street Journal that staying on would be "unlikely" but that plenty of people are asking her to stay.

Monica Langley is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She's been traveling with Hillary Clinton.

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