October 8th, 2007
06:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton wants Vilsack family in her administration

Clinton said she will have a place for both Vilsacks in her administration.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Sunday that she would want former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, as well as his wife Christie, serving in her administration.

Clinton was asked how she would use the former governor in the White House if she were elected president.

"I tell you what," she said. "I think that both he and Christie should be in the administration. They are two of my favorite people who've done a great, great job."

"I have actually stolen a lot of ideas from what Tom Vilsack did as governor," Clinton said. "Some of the energy policy, some of the infrastructure - a lot of it really is far-reaching, a lot of the pre-school policy. So I am thrilled to have their support, and I hope I'll be able to entice them into the Clinton administration."

Vilsack was the first Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for president, but dropped out of the race in February. He is often mentioned by political pundits as a possible vice presidential running mate for Clinton. These days both Vilsack and his wife are often seen on the campaign trail supporting Clinton.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Joe in NC

    An obvious ploy for Iowa voters

    October 8, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. monica, rochester new york

    Divvying up the spoils already? Sounds like payback and politics as usual to me. As a voter I'm less interested in how a candidate is going to reward her cronies, I'd rather have answers to some of the tough questions that have gone unanswered in debates and in town hall meetings.

    October 8, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Providence, RI

    Good for her. Vilsack and his wife are great leaders! Vilsack was a great Governor of Iowa.

    October 8, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Sam, IA

    Vilsack was a very effective governor. Thourghout his 2 terms he dragged a republican controlled legislature forward while they played thier typical repuplican petty games of blaming everyone but themselves for job loses and drops in educational status. Despite thier venom he gained the support of the citizens and brought jobs and better education to Iowa, Thanks Tom.

    October 9, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |