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. Shirley-Ohio

    Obama had plans for both the Clinton's and probably including the Chelsy if he wins the White House.

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

    It's time for the Clintons to move on... we've had enough of them over the past 10 years! Hillary lost in the primary, and she is NOT running for President and neither is Bill. It's such hiprocracy to see her with him, all smiles and hugs! Hey, what ever happened to the truth that would come out, behind the right-wing conspiracy about Monica Lewinsky??? Remember when Hillary told that to Diane Sawyer? that the people would soon learn the truth, and it was just a conspiracy against her husband??!!! Oh brother............ give me a break !!!

    October 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Jeanette

    I think Senator Clinton would be very good as Speaker of the House.

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Foxhole Atheist

    Too bad. I think she'd be a great Justice for SCOTUS.

    Sec. of State, maybe?

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. ann warwick

    It would be much better to send her back to arkansas

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. eddie

    Obama supporters are kidding, Secretary of State is the Rice's work. Hillary will run president in 2012!!!!! Obama will lose definitely.

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. rr florida

    Shows how low this country can go in ethics and morals when we can vote in anything...to a Clinton. Are the american people so so stupid that they can even look into the Clintons faces of evil and not remember all their unethical business practices?? Or total lack of morals?? We should all hang our head in shame.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Karen Beaumont, TX

    Definitely Secretary of State.

    October 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. AL

    Sarah is saying a lot of what they are going to do but HOW are they going to do it????????

    October 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Mike, CA

    that is a good woman. she can become the lioness of the senate and leave a kennedy-like legacy similar to JFK's family member Ted Kennedy

    October 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. MD, TX

    I would rather have Mrs. Clinton as president in 2012. Obama will have had a disasterous 4 years and the economy will be in the toilet. Then Mrs. Clinton can send Obama packing.

    October 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Dallas, TX

    What a joke, this woman has done nothing concrete for the American people!

    Just because she lived at the White House for 8 years does not make her qualified for anything.

    Just like Obama, who's been in the Senate for almost 2 years and voted present about 95% of the time. Has the most liberal voting record on issues when he bothers to show up and stop campaigning considering he's been doing it from Day 1.

    This man is not ready to be president, just like Hillary said, just like Biden said, just like many people have said.

    End of story.

    October 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Why would Obama nominate her anyway?????

    October 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    MCCAIN '08!!!

    October 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. mary, colorado springs

    Hillary deserves a place in Obama's staff, she's earned it, and so has President Clinton. I'm sure they would be invaluable to Obama with all their experiences.

    Obama is smart and no doubt has already decided where they would fit the best.


    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Bruce

    Palin needs to be investagated for AIP connections

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Amy

    How Hillary supports Obama reveals her supreme level of mentality. Those media reporters who aimed to compare Hillary with Palin should really be pschypaths because Palin simply seems a dust particle on Hillary's feet- Unthinkable comparison in terms of human virtues, experience, intelligence and also recognition of the majority of public. Amy

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    MCCAIN '08!!!!

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. tulsa

    Obama releases economic plan... stocks soar.

    McCain releases plan, stocks plummit

    Sheesh! Even the stock market hates THIS Republican!

    October 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Andrew from FL

    She'll be too old in 2016, because Obama is going to be a two-termer (three out of the last four presidents have served two terms). Instead, she should focus on being one of the best senators in the country. What's wrong with what?

    October 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Independent FL voter


    You are incorrect. The current mayor of Miami, Manny Diaz is an Independent, although he did endorse Barack Obama. But ... he used to be a Republican, and Miami is now ranked the 3rd richest city in America. However, former Mayor Xavier Suarez WAS a Republican during one of the city's worst periods. He served 1985-1993 and was re-elected in 1997, but removed from office in 1998 due to widespread voter fraud.

    October 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. JWMathews

    Supreme Court seats normally go to those who have served in the Federal Judiciary. Secretaries of State normally come from the diplomatic corps, Senate Foreign Relations Committee or, in recent years, National Security Advisor.

    Senator Clinton's role, as she states, is in the Senate. Yes seniority rules, but she would be a valuable worker in any effort for national health insurance.

    October 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. R

    she's too open minded. she loves speaking. I absolutely don NOT see her seating in a corner, silently making decisions

    October 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. MD, TX

    Dear RM;

    "yesterday Obama gave his plan and the market set record gains".

    I guess the concerted action by the global central banks, more activity by the US Treasury had nothing to do with the market yesterday?

    Hate to tell you this, but part of the reason the market is dropping is the increased likelihood of an Obama administration. You will learn one day, to use better judgement yourself.

    October 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. ooouch!

    John McCain, as a concerned voter and a patriotic American i ask you to explain your role in the disaster of the USS Forrestal, where it has been reported that you wet started your Sky Hawk fighter plane causing the explosions. I would like you to explain the 1991 McCain Bill that made it impossible for families to get info about the MIA/POW's when government Intel confirmed the existence of our soldiers who were captured. John McCain, i as an American who's father and grand fathers all served this great country would like you to explain why you voted against the GI Bill. Senator McCain as a hard working American io would like you to explain how can we trust your judgment when you choose a person who abuses her power as a VP pick, or how can we trust a man who hires lobbyist to run his campaign, or how we can trust you when your good friend and adviser Phil Gramm has been shown, even on CNN as on of the major contributors to the financial meltdown? with ties to such scandals as Keating 5, where you and your wife have contributed over $300,000.00 to Charles Keating how can we trust you? when you have intervened the FCC on behalf of your wealthy friends time and time again at the expense of the little man, like Lowell Paxson (google it) and when you have ran the most erratic campaign in recent history, how can you expect us to vote for you?

    October 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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