November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Source: Bill Clinton agrees to vetting

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.
Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.

(CNN) –- A major obstacle in Hillary Clinton’s path to becoming President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state may be out of the way, as former President Bill Clinton has made several concessions to help move his wife’s vetting process along.

A source familiar with the discussions between Sen. Clinton and the president-elect confirms to CNN that the former president will release the names of several major donors to the Clinton Foundation as well as submitting future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review.

In addition, the former president is offering to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities at the foundation and inform the State Department of his speaking schedule and any new sources of income.

President Clinton’s international and financial dealings with his foundation and presidential library have been a sticking point with an Obama camp worried that Sen. Clinton’s position in the cabinet could create a potential conflict of interest as the country’s top diplomat.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Lizz

    When US got into problems by Repug, people voted for Dems to solve the problems. When the problems solved, people moved back to Repug. Is it fair?

    Come on, give Dems a chance. When you voted for Obama, you voted for Dems goverment. That's the fact. The cabinet would definitely consist of Clinton's former staffs because they are the best Dems got.

    November 19, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. musti

    She was very keen on answering the phone at 3 AM. Let her have the job. :)

    November 19, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. John

    I would love to see Hillary as Sec of State. She put aside her career in the 90's to be first Lady. Its only appropriate that her husband return the favor. Also, Hillary helped Barack win Ohio and Penn so I think its great that he is rewarding her if he did in fact offer her the position.

    November 19, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. NJ

    The Clintons are the best this country has!!!
    She better be in office.

    November 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. DJR

    Just the same ole thing. We all need to see that each administration is playing off the last. We are now headed into some 20 years of the two royal families, Bush – Clinton. It may be time to start searching for the wizard behind the curtain. Questioning if any votes were even counted. Start seeking out if anything is real. We're just going back 8 years and changing seats. If you don't see that as weird........

    November 19, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. joe mett

    Somebody, please, tell the Clintons to retire from active politics!!!!

    We are tired of hearing their names. All Clintons and Bushes should retire from active politics. They are not indispensable to the body politic!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Jeanne

    Someone please explain to me why Bill Clinton needs to be vetted so Hillary can accept Secretary of State position, should'nt he have already been vetted so Hillary could run for President of the United States?

    November 19, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    Hey "Sweetie" – November 19th, 2008 12:25 pm ET

    Obama does not "owe" Hillary anything. She campagned hard for Obama, just like hundreds of other high powered Democratic surrogates.

    While I have all of the respect for her, she got beat in the primaries FAIR and SQUARE. Period.
    And your 18million voices were heard, in both the primaries and general elections. So please give it a rest.

    November 19, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Why is

    everyone so afraid of the Clintons and feel that they owe them? I'd really like to know the answer to this.

    November 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Michael, Houston Texas

    I have been critical of Hillary Clinton in the past but I like this choice, I think she will compliment President Obama. It's funny how most of you say "he is not making change". So what do you want, me to be SOS? Yeah that's what I thought! He said it from day one. he wants to change the way washington does business. So if he hires a lot of people with experience to do the job the way HE see's fit, then I am okay with hiring most of President Clinton's former staff. You people will find fault no matter what President Obama does. I can't wait until most of your lives get better, you'll probably be crying about how good your life is and you wish it would go back to misery.

    November 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. NO MORE CLINTONS

    Send them AWAY. Too much baggage and deceit.

    November 19, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. seg

    The truth is . . . Bill's finances are none of Obama's (or our) stupid business!

    November 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. gAIL AL.

    Pray tell , what in the world are they going to vet, If we don't know her by know we 're not going too. Who said the Clinton years were so bad, they were the best we've seen in 50 years, and probably, the best we will see the next 50 years
    Everyone was working, the economy booming, the budget balanced, a surplus when he left office, I think it was a dern, good 8 years.

    November 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Who's running for Secretary of State? Bill or Hillary?

    November 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. mohamed

    Important people>>>
    Obama is a smart man.
    If he brings most of the clintonites and put them back in power ., there will be no change in philosphy. They will do things the same way. May be they were okay, but the inspirational change he talks about means, that new people, from different walks of life should be in charge.
    CLEAR EXAMPLE:
    Hillary said she would bomb Iran. Obama said he will negotiate and change the world's view of the US. If he choses Hillary for SOS. What will happen??!!?? RESULT: CONFLICTS-–> no change

    I hope Obama continues to believe in his power and philosphy. Choosing the clintons will be the easy road to go.

    November 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Leah from FL

    Hillary is an excellent choice!!! For all the Bill-bashers just remember that when the first Bush needed to get the big guns for the humanitarian mission he was on – he picked Bill! He was a fantastic CEO of our country and I'm more than sure that Hillary had a lot to do with the important decisions that were made during his Presidency that she actually initiated and let him take credit for.

    November 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Chi4Obama

    It looks like all of the Clinton Skeletons, are about to tear the hinges off of the closet doors. Let the vetting begin.

    November 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Lois

    Hillary will be excellent as Sect of State. If only Bill will keep his little mouth shut and mind his biz. He has a knack for sabotaging things.

    November 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Milhouse van Houten

    Slick willie coming clean?This should be a hoot!!!

    November 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. The truth is what counts !!

    Bill Richardson is the one I was hoping for\
    Can't the world turn "and in a new and right direction and get there without another Bush or Clinton?

    PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK OBAMA enough is enough of those 2

    November 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Blue balloons

    The suspense is killing me. I wish they could just ink this deal today, and give Hillary the position. Patience has its rewards, so I guess we're all just going to have to wait his one out. Hillary for State seems like a slam-dunk for me, though, so I will be really surprised if it's not her.

    November 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Fred

    I believe Hillary Clinton would make an excellent Secretary of State. Hillary and Obama were once touted as "a dream team." I think Hillary is smart enough to keep clean of anything and I don't believe Pres. Clinton would do anything wrong or get in her way. I don't understand what the fuss is anyway with him. He should not step down from anything. Hillary should do her thing and Bill should do his. Let's quit finding faults and just move forward. We have bigger things to worry about in rebuilding the economy and restoring respect for us in the world.

    November 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. DC - Saint Louis

    Go President Elect! Change is coming with people who have the experience to get the job done to bring stability to the US. We understand what you will accomplish with experience and competent team. Hillary is a very good choice – Critics are Critics and we put them on mute.... Build the best team President O!

    November 19, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Pete Collins

    The Clintons are not in talks with Obama's team because the Clintons are not team players. They have, from the beginning, made every effort to steamroll their way into the position of Secretary of State through leaks of false information to the press that supports her goal while undermining Obama.
    The President-Elect needs to bite the proverbial bullet and flat out say that ALL "candidates" for the position must submit to the same vetting process and that the process evidently is too rigorous for the Clintons and that the country's need to get the process completed quickly means he must name someone else immediately.
    With the Clintons causing this much trouble now, Obama must realize that should he name her, he will have absolutely NO control over anything related to foreign policy, plus she WILL leak defense and homeland security information to advance their interests.
    It's time to wrap this thing up and call it the mistake it has been. Every President makes some mistakes, and life goes on if they don't let them grow and fester.

    November 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Michelle, PA

    "what was teh point of picking obama over clinton if he is just going to hire her and all the former clinton staff to work for him."
    ______________________________________________________

    The operative words here are "FOR HIM". Guess who runs the show, makes the final decisions on policy, sets the agenda? Do you see something wrong with having competent, experienced people in high offices who are able and willing to carry out Obama's agenda – whether they are outsiders, served under the Clintons, or are in fact the Clintons? If they are the best to implement Obama's policies in that particular role, who cares? We need the best, period.

    November 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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