October 14th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
10 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. Anna PA

    Hey Palin take a good look at what a real postive role model for women everywhere looks like.

    Palin is not even anywhere close to being able fill the shoes of Senator Hiliary Clinton!

    What grace Hiliary has. She really see's what is important for our country. She is able to say that she will work to improve our country with President Obama because her whole life has been about helping us.

    What has Sarah Palin done; building a hockey rink illegally, abuse her power as a govenor starting a month after she got the job!

    There is no comparing these two women. I want Hiliary to be a part of leading our country for many years to come. I want Palin to go away so I can remove her from my memory and never think of her AGAIN!

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

    Notice how McCain can' give a speech without bringing up Obama in every paragraph?

    LOL.... He's toast.

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

    How low can Clinton go from presidential candidate to maybe supreme court?

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Chris

    I think Hillary will stay and bloom in the Senate.

    When Ted Kennedy retires Hillary will fill that void for America in the Senate.

    Hillary will be a senator for the people.

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

    Clinton would be the laughing stock of history if seated on the Supreme Court, and so would Obama for appointing her..

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Chris in PA

    She would make a great Secretary of State. Lets face it, a VP's job is just to serve as a tie breaker. Hillary is so much more than that.

    I believe President "O" knew what he was doing when he didn't offer her the VP slot. For the sake of the country, lets vote in

    President O/Vice President B/Secretary of State Hill – 08

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Jack Mehoff, NY

    Why should we want Hillary for anything??-she showed us she has no idea how to run a campaign so why would we think she can run the Sec. of State's office??????

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. MJE WPG

    Does experience not matter in anything that goes on in the good old USA. take a look around and look at the mess all of your so called experts have gotten you into. Don't ya think its time to get somebody running your country that know what the he– is going on. has anybody taken a look around lately.
    from your neibour north.

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Mack

    Interesting, poor people have been voting Democratic. Yet, Conservatives haven't done a dam things other than keep poor people there as their records has consistently shown. Arnold Swartzennager can have a barn fire in California and get aid immediately, yet New Orleans can't get the trucks out of hiding after a natural disaster. Actually, poor people have no government and if they did, we wouldn't be discussing it. Besides, who control Government? Not the electorates but those with MONEY.

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

    Forget Secretary of State. Make her Attorney General and scare the crap out of those hippocritical right wingers that impeached her husband for nothing but gave Bush a free ride. Let justice be done Hillary style!!!

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Proud to be American

    I think she will be best as Secretary of Health ..... where she can get the health care program started.

    October 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Kim J

    The only way HRC will be Secretary of State is if appointed by McCain.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. mel

    Many women admire Senator Clinton (include me with at group). She is always focused on the direction she wants to follow. She looks for opportunities and evaluates them quickly. She is a tireless fighter. I hope she finds the issues that inspire her in the Senate. I still feel that universal healthcare cannot be fixed as long as insurance and corporations are part of the formula because they are the reason why the costs are so high. Healthcare cannot be traded on the stock market . Healthcare is live and death for us. You give someone control over you when they have the ability to decide life or death (denial of procedures or cancer treatments can lead to death). Our communities should be in control of our healthcare with corporations and insurance companies out of the decision mix.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. 800lb:Gorilla

    Dennis Kucenich, would be an excellent Attorney General

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

    The democrat super delegates were fools to give the nomination to Obama.

    Hillary worked harder than Obama, knew more than Obama and was infinitely more qualified than Obama.

    What a shame that she is not our nominee – despite getting more votes than any presidential primary candidate in history.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Vinit

    Hillary, you HAVE to run again. You HAVE to.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Deb

    I think Obama will have Hillary run the health care program but I can certainly see her as Secretary of State.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. For a Second

    U must be an IDIOT or rather a "BUSH" to think that Hillary would be interested in any spot other than the numero uno position.

    As for all the idiots in Obama campaign thinking out loud that she may be good for this or good for that – it is just their arrogance showing.

    Leave that lady alone. And go find yourself a life!!

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Joe

    I watched Senator Clinton's speech at the Democratic Convention, and I suspect like many others couldn't help be feel a great sense of irony. The night she spoke, earlier in the evening Senator Kennedy (traveling against doctors' orders) was on-hand to address the convention. Watching Senator Kennedy that night, I sadly recognized that there may soon be the need for a strong progressive voice in the Senate to take up the causes of health care, education, and social justice that means so much to the people of our country. And obviously, that strong social voice will likely be Senator Clinton. When she came to the Senate, she had some pretty big shoes to fill. Besides having to live up to her own expectations, she was replacing a great Senator in Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Without a doubt, Senator Clinton met and exceeded expectations and I see her now taking up the leadership role that Senator Kennedy has long held in the Senate of championing progressive social causes. I truly admire her and the work she does in the Senate.

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Indiana Joe

    How about Secretary of State? She"ll do great..!! We love you Hillary, keep supporting Obama!

    October 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Griff

    If it's, Too-Late for McCain. Then it's Way-Too-Late. For America..
    A Tide Wave is coming..

    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. HSNP


    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. NLC frm New York


    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Bobbie, New Hampshire

    Hillary folded like an accordian in her primary bid due to stupidity and poor strategies-–Sec. of State is a strategic office, so why would we want her there?

    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Alexis

    I have always said that Hillary would be better in any other position in the government than being the VP for Obama cause frankly I believe she would more effective in a position like supreme court justice. She is a very strong leader and I hope if offered she will accepte the position..... Hillary we love you and we owe so much for alll the work you have done for this country, I'm looking forward seeing working in the Obama administration.


    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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