November 17th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
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Bill Clinton could pose Cabinet problem

 Bill Clinton's extensive global ties could cause conflict if Hillary Clinton is appointed as secretary of state.
Bill Clinton's extensive global ties could cause conflict if Hillary Clinton is appointed as secretary of state.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's international business dealings, global foundation and penchant for going off script could present a significant obstacle to Hillary Clinton becoming secretary of state, observers say.

On the one hand, his established relationships with world leaders could instantly make the New York senator a welcome face in embassies around the world.

On the other, his complicated global business interests could present future conflicts of interest that result in unneeded headaches for the incoming commander-in-chief.

"These are issues that I'm sure are being discussed, and they will have to be worked out, and it's legitimate to ask these questions," said James Carville, a former aide to the Clintons and CNN contributor.

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  1. A Woman In California For Obama

    All I have to say is Obama it is YOUR funeral. Not mine. I hope it works for you.

    November 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ GARY....... sir, you are seriously angry, you need help. Of course you are a Christian, since ALL the far-right-Republicans are. Have you not read the Gospel of Matthew, sir?? JESUS clearly says in Matthew 7:34 "do not judge, lest YOU be judged." Its ALL the hate, lies, division and fear the Republicans spew, and people like you spew, that cost the far-right the election! And will continue to, as long, as you people do not take a good hard look at yourselves.

    The vile and evil you spew with your hateful comments will actually backfire, because as you saw during the elections, not only did President BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WIN THE POPULAR VOTE BY A LARGE MARGIN, BUT HE WON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE BY A LARGER MARGIN THAN DID REAGAN!

    This should tell you, GARY, that Americans REJECT the politics of HATE......LIES.......FEAR.....AND........DIVISION........SPEWED BY THE FAR-RIGHT.

    Get some help.

    November 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Robert in raleigh

    PLease Mr President, leave Bill alone. He my friend ,will stab you in the back. he is not sincere............

    November 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. robert

    there are some idiots who think all of our foreign policy should be to bomb iran. they are silly preferring war to negotiation. some like liebermann are foreign spies. let us all concentrate on the genocide in darfur and war in the congo.

    November 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Rockford

    Cool... Clintons in the whitehouse... Change we can believe in!

    November 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. notafan

    no Clintons' in the administration or anywhere near the White House! Never, ever again!!!

    November 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Patrick

    OH God…..I wish you media people would give it a rest. Vet the clintons, vet the clintons….its always a problem. IT’S NOT A PROBLEM FOLKS!!!!!! WE DON’T CARE. We love the Clintons. Bill’s been President, and Hillary came within inches of it. (She’ll be #45). So give up the “vetting problems with the Clintons” thing. We’re sick of hearing it.

    November 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Mary

    How many chances is this man going to get to distract from the business of the nation?

    The smarter, more impressive Clinton needs to get rid of her husband!

    November 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. ken

    it always come back to Bill's problems to Hill. Why don't they just go away!

    November 17, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Kim, Ohio

    I knew Hilary should have gotten rid of Bill a long time ago. She has to love hime an hate him at the same time. He is holding her back.

    November 17, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It doesn't take the brains of a rocket scientist to know that Bill Clinton would bring problems should Hillary be named Secretary of State. This is a shame because she would serve us well. . .but . . .

    November 17, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. rachel

    Whatever they just blowing smoke. If Obama doesnt give it to her all he wanted was to get his hands on dirt and bill's dealings. I will not be a happy camper if they offer it to her after they drag her through her husband's crap.

    November 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Gary, when you read these posts, who exactly comes off as the angry hater? Just curious....because I felt it was your post.

    November 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Polly

    If a woman is denied a position because of what her husband does, then I would call that discrimination.

    November 17, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. BM

    If dodging sniper fire makes you feel safe, then I guess you can feel as snug as a bug.

    November 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Rich

    As long as he keeps his friend in his pants everything will be fine.

    November 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Jack

    Let me see, under Bill Clinton the country was prosperous every one had jobs,l we had a 3 trillion dollar surplus, yea who would want that again.What is the problem with having people who know how to manage the country back in the cabinet. We did really well under the Bush administration maybe he should nhave them in his inner circle. I wish you people would let Obama have a chance before decide he is another Bush

    November 17, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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