November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 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. John, Air Force Vet

    This does not mean the Clinton's are "in charge". It means Obama can aim them in the direction that is helpful and removes Hillary as part of the opposition over to a supportive role where Obama's success is essential to her own. Let's not forget -there is much to be done in the arena of global abuse of women-Hillary has made this a central issue in the past. Why are all these people complaining about using experienced , high profile, staff. If he picked newbes they'd be griping because he has unknowns. We really don't have alot of time to waste getting the country on track. Obama will set the agenda. Give him a chance before trashing his plan.

    November 19, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Helen, GA

    This is not the news for us. Bill, go away.

    November 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Gary in Oklahoma

    Could create a conflict? Could create a conflict?

    A conflict would be inevitable.

    gio

    November 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Dana (Maryland)

    International relations are difficult and complex enough, without adding another layer of complications - namely Bill Cllinton.

    November 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. jsk from Florida

    just curious, what happened to all the talk about Change that was coming to Washington and a new way of politics and ideas??? it is starting to look more like a continuation of the polictical dynasty and policies that has dominated Washington for the past 15 years, makes one wonder is this a premonition that we will see more of the Bush dynasty in the future come back to Washington? Are we to believe that all these lifers being brought in to these key positions have had some kind of ephiphany of new ideas...

    November 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. nom deplume

    Tom Daschle for HHS? How about some more change? I hear George Stephanopoulous is available.

    Maybe they can name Vince Foster to a position in the WH. Prop him in a corner, a la Weekend at Bernie's.

    This is going to be just like Clinton, Season 1, without the triangulation.

    November 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    the speaker of the house is next in line, after the president and vice president. go back to school please.

    November 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. ConsDemo

    BFD, Hillary is still a bad choice for Secretary of State.

    November 19, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. ANNYAH HASLER

    THANK YOU BILL CLINTON. I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE HUGE SURPLUS YOU LEFT US . I REMEMBER THIS COUNTRY BEING IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE WHEN YOU LEFT OFFICE NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. YOU CLEANED UP THE ECONOMY BEFORE. WE NEED HILLARY AND YOUR INPUT TO DO IT AGAIN. EXPERIENCE COUNTS.

    IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN ONLY COMMENT ON THE PERSONAL LIVES OF OTHERS TO GROW UP AND CLEAN UP THEIR OWN BACK YARDS. NON OF US ARE IN POSITION TO THROW STONES. THIS IS REAL LIFE NOT A TABLOID.

    November 19, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Patty-Ca

    It is the right decision. We need Senator Clinton.

    November 19, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Independent voter

    Vote for B.O. for CHANGE! What change? NONE.

    November 19, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. TrueDemocrat

    Think about it, Do you want the Clintons inside the camp, or outside? This will not be a third term for Bill because Obama is still in charge. He is not going to be influenced to do anything that he doesnt want to do. The man is smart. I know we are not used to a smart president who thinks before he makes decisions, but we have one.

    November 19, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Jan

    Candy-WVa–and you never bashed the Bush Administration?

    November 19, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. MB

    He hasn't even taken office yet and half of you are whining. This country is unbelievable...

    November 19, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Dan

    Anyone else think a former President shouldn't have to be vetted in order for his Wife to get a job? He's already said he'll step back from day to day runnings of his foundation while she has the job, leave it at that. Welcome SOS H. Clinton.

    P.S. I still think Richardson is a better choice.

    November 19, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Susan

    He's a good guy. And helping Obama.

    November 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Larry

    Surely no one else is more worthy of this position that Hillary Clinton.

    She received more primary votes, officially (even more than the primary votes of now President-elect Obama) than any other camdidate in history, and was the first such serious woman candidate in United States history.

    Through her years as First Lady, her terms as New York State Senator and by way of her husband Global Initiative, she knows and understands the world stage better than anyone else.

    She has had much praise on her merits for this position from everyone from Henry Kissinger to current Secretary of State Rice, and from the clear majority of Americans polled. After two weeks in consideration, anyone else selected for this job would seem utterly anemic.

    SInce the primaries ended, she and her husband have tirelessly worked for President-elect Obama. Not only would she be THE star of the new Obama Cabinet, she would thus be the most truly worthy one.

    November 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. President Barack Obama

    Anyone who's complaining & ringing FALSE ALARMS are NOT REALLY Obama supporters anyway .... These are JEALOUS, MISERABLE and or PREJUDICE folks who are TRYING to stir up some trouble to hopefully create some doubts against Mr President Barack HUSSEIN Obama.... Especially that Idiot who NEEDS A LIFE (THE OBAMA SHOW) I have seen your blogs all through the campaign. Whoever you are GET A LIFE CLOWN..... McInsane lost now get over it and support YOUR PRESIDENT so WE can get this Country on track!!! It will take some time for you BOZOs but you will like the sound of President Barack HUSSEIN Obama....

    November 19, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Jan

    Hugh-California–and was the country better off when Clinton let Osama go so he could hit the twin towers? How soon you dems forget–or you are too young to remember.?

    November 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Gary in Oklahoma

    Another thought.

    Will Bill keep all the promises he "intends" to keep?

    November 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Steve From Dallas

    Thank you Bill....

    Hillary as SOS... great choice if Obama is smart enough to follow thru...

    November 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Adriana

    It was my understanding that "vetting" meant having to put forth ALL of the info requested! Bill Clinton says "major" contributors????!!!! I truly believe President Elect Obama, will, in the end, wish he would have NEVER made the decision to appoint her, if in fact he does, and IF she accepts the position! It certainly has the pundits, media, and bloggers spinning the wheel! What a "revelation" it would be to the spinners should someoneelse be appointed Secretary of State. The world is watching! Indeed, the world is watching America!

    November 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. arlene, CA

    I would rather have Kerry. I am sick of seeing Clinton's again. After all the hard work in the primary against the Clinton Machine & the dirt & hate Hillary tried to keep going on & on. She will probable be confirmed tho. At least she will not be able to run against Obama since she will be part of the cabinet. Is this change we can believe in?

    November 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Larry

    Don't do it Hillery/Bill, Obama's just keeping his enemies close,he wants Hillary out of contention in two year,after he's blown it.

    November 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Diing

    Give Obama a break. He wants to help America.

    November 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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