November 13th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Hillary Clinton's name mentioned as possible Secretary of State

 Clinton and Obama campaigned together this fall.
Clinton and Obama campaigned together this fall.

(CNN) - Two sources close to the Obama transition team tell CNN that Senator Hillary Clinton’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Secretary of State.

One source close to Hillary Clinton tells CNN that as of early yesterday, Senator Clinton had not been contacted by the transition team about a possible cabinet appointment. This same source tells CNN that Senator Clinton would not necessarily dismiss such an offer.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton, Philippe Reines, tells CNN “Any speculation about cabinet or other administration appointments is really for President-Elect Obama's transition team to address.”

On Monday night, while walking into an awards ceremony in New York, Senator Clinton was asked if she would consider taking a post in the Obama administration. She replied, "I am happy being a Senator from New York, I love this state and this city. I am looking at the long list of things I have to catch up on and do. But I want to be a good partner and I want to do everything I can to make sure his agenda is going to be successful."

soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    NOOOO!!! She has NO foreign policy experience! Bill Richardson is light years ahead of her in competence.

    November 13, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. what now

    to all the "no" people: realize one big fact: Clintons helped and supported Obama greatly, Clintons did for us a lot. Stop this insane hatred, please.

    November 13, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Susan

    She is experienced and a good friend of Obama's.

    Go Democrats!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. wrote in Hillary for prez

    AWESOME! BUT I WANT WHAT HILLARY WANTS.
    YOU GO, HILLARY!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Independent white female patriotic voter

    I think that would be a good position for her.

    November 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Isaac

    Hahahaha....ya'll need to chillax. Hillary would be excellent. She has good judgement and experience. I would be excited to have a Clinton by his side. Look at the 90's.....they were AWESOME!!

    November 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. kaz

    Awesome... She will be the best Sec. of State

    November 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. jennie s

    go girl go-what a fantastic choice it woudl be.

    November 13, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Pat Green (CA)

    Hope she's really on the list and gets offered the job and takes it. She'd be wonderful. She's an extremely smart person and people trust her.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Anna

    The Sniper Story was an Anecdote, Rochelle.

    Look that word up in the Dictionary.

    And while you are at it, look up 'racism'.

    Hillary is not a bigot.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. jennie s

    go girl go ! what an intelligent and fantastic choice this would be......

    November 13, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I think she would be a good choice. Hillary knows all of the foreign deplomats, and understands foreign policy well. As far as what she said and did towards Barack Obama while they were campaigning, that's just it, "it was a campaign".

    November 13, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. sunlight

    WOO-HOO!!!! Yeah, this administration is gonna make all the haters scatter like cockaroaches for the dark corners where they belong.

    November 13, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Rich

    Hillary for Sec of State and Powell for Sec of Defense!!

    November 13, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Vet in Texas

    I have to admit she would be better than Kerry.
    Can we do something about Joe Biden though?

    November 13, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Kris

    There are several others, both Republican and Democrat, who would be a better choice than Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton deserves respect; she is intelligent and articulate. She is has long and bright future in the Senate. But Secretary of State?! The choice smacks of a quid pro quo.

    Joe Biden would be a better choice; but he's the V.P. I don't think six years in the Senate and eight years as first lady are sufficient.

    Obama has said he wanted Republicans in his cabinet. State would be a possibility– people like Chuck Hagel, Robert Zoellick, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins. Democrats to consider include Bill Richardson and possibly Wesley Clark– a Rhodes Scholar and former Allied Commander of NATO

    November 13, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Suzanne McHenry, Memphis, TN.

    This country should have listened to Ron Paul, he would have been perfect for the job as President of the USA. He would have provided better sense in fixing things..

    But did you listen ?? No... So reap the woes ahead..

    As for Clinton for this possible post eh NO.

    November 13, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Judy

    Hillary is the perfect choice. Obama go for it!

    November 13, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. CoCo

    But... but... but... what are we going to do after Hillary curses out every head of State on Planet Earth? :-O

    November 13, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Danielle

    YAY! That's my girl! We couldn't ask for anyone better!

    November 13, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. vahe

    american dream is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Mike

    Reach out to Palin....She can see Russia from her kitchen windown..Oh I forgot Prez you need intelligent people on your cabinet.... Lights off for Palin. Even the GOP had to shut her down today.....HRC would be an excellent choice!

    November 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Audrey

    John Kerry would be the best Secretary of State. He has all the foreign knowledge, foreign policy experience, speaks various languages and is a DIPLOMAT. Don't forget Hillary Clinton was prepared to go to war over Iran without any diplomatic overtures and she is a very very big Israel supporter. You need someone who sees both sides of the fence for this particular job. Please don't forget, Mr. Obama would not be where he is today if it wasn't for Mr. Kerry.

    Interested Observer

    November 13, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    HILLARY CLINTON IS THE BEST PERSON QUALIFIED FOR SECRETARY OF STATE AND I PRAY SHE ACCEPTS.

    November 13, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. exMAnow WA

    Either Hillary or Bill Richardson. Look no further. Kerry can stay in MA.

    November 13, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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