October 14th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton nixes idea of serving on Supreme Court

Clinton said she is happy being a senator from New York.
Clinton said she is happy being a senator from New York.

(CNN) - It’s a question that arose even before Hillary Clinton abandoned her presidential bid four months ago: What's next for the junior senator from New York?

Definitely not a spot on the Supreme Court, and likely not a bid to be Senate Majority Leader or President of the United States, she told Fox News Tuesday.

Asked directly about rumors she may have her eye on the bench, Clinton said there was “zero” chance of that happening: "I have no interest in doing that," she said, laughing.

Speculation mounted it may be a possibility after Lawrence Tribe, a constitutional law expert at the Harvard Law School who is advising Obama's campaign, said last spring he thought Clinton may be a good fit for the high court.

"I certainly think that Senator Obama's inclination to look for people of broad experience, people whose deepest values and whose empathy with others makes them wise human beings as well as expert lawyers, would mean he wouldn't rule out people such as Senator Clinton just because they don't have judicial experience," he told the National Journal.

Others in the chattering class have said a run for Senate Majority Leader, replacing Sen. Harry Reid, is much more likely, given Clinton's success in the chamber and the respect she has forged there. Many also speculate Clinton still harbors presidential ambitions, and could run in four or eight years depending on if Barack Obama is elected.

Watch: Clinton back on the trail

But speaking to Fox Tuesday, Clinton said the chances she pursues either of those options are "probably zero."

"There's an old saying: Bloom where you're planted. And I've always loved that," she said. "I love being in the Senate. I ran for president because I thought we had to make drastic changes given what I viewed as the damage that the Bush administration had done here at home and abroad. Now I'm going to work very hard with President Obama to repair that damage."

soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Harvey in Va

    She should be President in 08...Not Obama...I will support her if she ever runs again...

    October 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Joe in NJ

    "I love being in the Senate. I ran for president because I thought we had to make drastic changes given what I viewed as the damage that the Bush administration had done"

    No, you ran for President because it's what you wanted since the day your husband left office. The only reason you ran for Senate was to use it as a stepping stone to the White House.

    October 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Thinking before Speaking

    Steve,
    actually most people do NOT know all of the skeletons in Clintons closet which is why the republicans wanted her as a candidate.

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis IN

    She'd make a terrific Secretary of State!

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. isis

    I'm an ardent Obama supporter, and I would vote for Hillary if she runs again in 8 years.

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas

    I don't believe that's the only reason she ran for president, but it seems like she has come to grips with her loss in the primaries. Good for her. It's nice to her her be positive again. Maybe McCain (and especially Palin) could learn a thing or two.

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Richard

    Good for her. It's great that she wants to work with Barack Obama to un-do the damage done by the disgraceful Bush administration. It's a shame that there are so many supposed "supporters" who don't trust her honesty and judgment about Barack Obama. They'd rather believe Limbaugh than what Hillary says she "hopes and prays for".

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. New Mexico Republican voting for "real" CHANGE

    I've gained a lot of respect for Hillary since the DNC convention. She can do any thing she wants. She's all of that and a bag of chips.

    October 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Jos/TN

    the secretary of state is a yesman job according to the Bush admin, not good for Hillary

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Rob Kole

    Where will the next president come from? I hope Hiliary will run for president in four years no matter who wins. No faith in Obama

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. shirley

    hillary 2012!

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Debby

    To bad she isn't the nominee she had so much to offer to the American people. Now her and Bill are just Obama's puppets. Her economic plan was the best out of the 3 candidates.

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Doug R.

    Hillary can be the Attorney General in an Obama administration (and prosecute Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove, and Gonzalez) OR Senate Majority Leader. Away with Harry Reid.

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. No Way

    Look, just because Hillary now supports that loser does not mean she wants to be appeased by any type of olive branches that are thrown her way. You think that by offering her some crumbs she will say yes to you?? No, she won't, she will stay were she is at until her time comes again. Secretary of State? Excuse me but only people that run over other people would think of such stupid ideas for a person who is much bigger than those pathetic offerings. Good luck with your Obama choice, I for once, with my entire family will sit out this election.

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    > What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in
    > common?

    Wow, you can dig up a Glenn Beck column from April 2008. Goody for you. Too bad all of this was discredited long ago. Don't you have a job?

    October 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Kevin,FL

    Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be President of the United States not Secy of State or Secy of Health or Supreme Court Justice.. Senator Clinton never gives up on her goals she will be president someday... 2012

    October 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. YOU BETCHA

    SENATOR IS RIGHT ON THE BEST PLACE FOR HER RIGHT NOW IS THE SENATE. IT IS ABSOLUTLY THE RIGHT THING. WE NEED HER WHERE SHE CANDO HER THING WHICH IS MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    October 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I'd love to see Hillary as Health and Human Services Secretary.

    October 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Rolf

    If that isn't a sure sign of one of the things wrong with our government, I don't know what is: that Clinton would even be considered, let along offered, a seat on the Supreme Court (a group of self-righteous know-it-alls who aren't even elected to office) is sadly not only NOT astounding, but just plain sad. Clinton is a notorious exaggerator and liar, and can hardly be expected by any rational-thinking person to be objective or ethical.

    October 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Cedric

    I didn't think she was entitled to be offered the Vice Presidency, but i do think she should have rights of first refusal for either Attorney General or Secretary of State

    October 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Laverne

    No doubt Hillary will have a Cabinet position, did you hear Joe Biden in Scranton on Sunday??? He eluded to that fact and he would have not put that out there if it had not already been discussed by the Obama folk. Obama will not forget Hillary.

    October 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Ken, Austin, TX

    That's a relief! I wouldn't dare want anyone as dishonest and evil as Hillary Clinton to serve on the bench. Once again, too many people think this nation "owes" something to Hillary. Forget about her moral standards and deceitful ways, just give her what she deserves, right? Pathetic.

    October 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. redhead from toronto

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a nice ring to it. Sen. Obama, offer Hillary the job NOW. What a team. Obama/Biden/Rodham-Clinton. YEAH... VOTE, VOTE, remember how Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris and the Supreme court stole the election in 2000?Handed it to George on a silver platter. Don't let it happen again, Can you spell LANDSLIDE?

    October 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Jerry, Illinois

    After the Nov. election it will look like this:

    1) Hillary still the Sen. from New York
    2) John McCain still the Sen. from Arizona
    3) Sarah Palin still the Gov. of Alaska

    October 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. sm

    She will do as SENATE MINORITY LEADER.
    The Dems dd Nothing in the Senate nor the House.

    October 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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