November 20th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
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Senate offers Clinton new options

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Senate leadership is considering a new role for Sen. Hillary Clinton should she decide to remain in the Senate and not accept the rumored offer of a position in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, a Democratic official told CNN Wednesday.

CNN reported last week that Clinton and Obama met to discuss the possibility of Clinton, Obama's chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, serving as secretary of state. Multiple sources told CNN that Clinton left the meeting with the impression that the job was hers if she wanted it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motivation for considering a new role for Clinton at this time was unclear, although multiple Democratic sources said Clinton made it known to the leadership prior to her meeting with Obama that she wanted a new role.

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  1. Nat

    Jay,

    That is truly laughable. Look what the last 8 years have done to the education system!

    November 20, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Dorothy in NC

    Some of these posters make me sick. Gripe gripe gripe. President elect Obama is trying to fill his cabinet with the best people he can find.
    Hillary Clinton has been a distinguished first lady, has done a wonderful job as Senator from NY and would do an excellent job in any job she has. I don't get it. While the Clintons were in the White House, there was peace & prosperity in this country and we were much more liked and respected in the world than we are now. Is it the peace or is it the prosperity that you didn't like?

    November 20, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. recycle washington

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    i'm sick of the Clintons........there's always a drama when i hear their name......................

    i really thought Obama was smarter than than to pick hillary......
    i wish the Clintons would just go away...........

    November 20, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY OBAMA REPRESENTED CHANGE AND FEEL HE'S SURROUNDING HIMSELF WITH CLINTON PEOPLE. REMEMBER OBAMA SAID HE WILL MAKE A CHANGE BUT HE DIDN'T SAY HE WAS STUPID.

    November 20, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    Clinton can do a lot more if she stays in the Senate. She has earned a leadership role.
    Give her Liebermans chairmanships or anything else she wants but please keep her out of this administration.
    I do not trust her or Bill. They left the White house with a few million dollars. Look what they have now. Do you think Bill has earned all that money just by giving speeches? He is selling more than talk.

    November 20, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Jack

    A few people are sick of the Clintons who have been successful yet they are the same people who enjoyed 12 years of the Bush's with glee. Give me Bill and Hillary Clinton, warts and all any day over George and George (and I mean no disrespect to George Herbert Bush) but Junior has been a disgrace and may even do jail time once people figure out exactly what his tax cuts and his running two wars on a credit card did to the economy.

    November 20, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. recycle washington

    i'm sick of the Clintons……..there's always a drama when i hear their names………………….

    i really thought Obama was smarter than than to pick hillary……
    i wish the Clintons would just go away………..

    i never thought CHanges means bring back the Clintons.

    Change=======>>> Clintons........ Shame on Obama, he fooled me.

    November 20, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. jm for sc

    To: plastic heart

    You need to google Obama and read about his experience. If you do, the only way you would continue to belittle the experience he has is your brain is also plastic. The man has been working to help people all of his life. When you average his age and the years he has been working in public affairs, you will be confident that he is well qualified to be president of the U.S. His wisdom is outstanding.

    We all need to relax and give this administration a chance.

    November 20, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    Obviously, some people do not understand CHANGE. Change does not necessarily mean throwing out the old, it means doing things in a different way. Here are a few examples of CHANGE that President-elect Obama talked about:

    Getting rid of Bush & Neocons..... check
    Governing in a way that will keep the best interest of our Nation as its goal.
    Respect and adherence to the Constitution of the United States
    BRINGING IN TO THE CABINET THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST.
    CHANGE OUR FOREIGN POLICY SO THAT AMERICA REGAINS HER MORAL AUTHORITY AND HEALS THE RIFTS WITH OUR ALLIES.

    ETC., ETC.

    CHANGE IS MUCH MORE THAN "NO MORE CLINTONS" ........CHANGE IS A NEW VISION....A NEW WAY OF LEADING..... AND TAKING A ......DISASTER....... AND WORKING HARD TO TURN THINGS AROUND FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION!

    PLEASE, OBAMA, SUPPORTERS, GIVE OBAMA A BREAK! HE NEEDS OUR CONSTANT SUPPORT. YOU VOTED FOR HIM.........NOW TRUST HIM!

    November 20, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Iowa Mom

    @ Gary

    You seriously need to get a grip. You talk about hate, look at your own post(s).

    November 20, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Matt in VA

    To TrueIndependent. Maybe you should get off of "defence" and open your eyes. I HAVE lived in this country the last 7 years, actually the last 57 years, and have not made anything related to defense contracts. I have seen promises made by both sides. Consider this: in 2007, the DOW hit 14000 and unemployment was low. What has happened since the Dems have had full control of Congress? The Dow is now under 8000, unemployment is skyrocketing and homes have hit record foreclosures due to the liberal lending practices of Fannie/Freddy. Chris Dodd got a special loan, so shut the heck up about the DEFENSE contracts and look closer to home to the ones profiting by the lending policies, especially the liberals who lined their pockets with millions of dollars while running Fannie and Freddy into the ground. Until people get over this partisan BS, we will continue to make the same mistakes. BTW: A Democrat Carter admin with a Democrat controlled congress led to the worst economic crisis in the last 60 years; consider this as you watch Obama enter office. The biggest mess the Dems have to clean up is the one they are the most responsible for and so my question to you my friend is what color is the sky in your world? I am guessing rose colored.

    November 20, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    @ GARY ........ I am an OBAMA supporter and I am NOT full of hate!

    But tell me, GARY, how can you claim Obama supporters are haters when McCain/Palin's campaign was all about:

    LIES.......HATE......FEAR........AND.....DIVISION?

    November 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Grace Needed

    Personally, I believe that Senator Clinton, who is my senator, should take up this offer in the senate. She is a self-proclaimed "fighter" for the forgotten. She is NOT a gifted diplomat, nor does she accept well others authority over her. I can certainly relate! SO, with all that former President Clinton would have to give up and she would be compromised by, plus their poor past history of polarization and raw power politics, I think it would behoove her to reject the Secretary of State to allow their old friend, who has recently been banished (which is another example of poor tone for Sec. of State) from them Gov. Richardson to step up to that plate, while she "blooms where she is planted".

    November 20, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Gaylon Barrow

    I THINK IT WOULD BE UTTER FAILURE FOR HER POLITICAL CARRER IF SHE TOOK A POSITION OF ANYTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA. HE WILL ONLY BE AROUND FOR FOUR YEARS THEN PEOPLE EVERYWHERE WILL BE OH SO WILLING TO KICK HIS REAR OUT. THEN WE WILL HAVE A REPUBLICAN AGAIN FOR 8 MORE YEARS. NO I THINK IT IS COMPLETE DESTRUCTION THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO THEMSELVES.

    November 20, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Bob from NC

    Stay in the Senate. the last thing we need is Fox News morphing back into the "24 hour Bill Clinton's Unit Channel". She'll be dodging non-existent gunfire for 4 years. Bill Richardson's experience overshadows Hillary's 100 fold.

    November 20, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. GObama!!!

    I think she would do an excellent job as Sec. of State. She knows most of the foreign leaders anyway. And it sets her up for 2016. This means that after Obama's first term ends and all the cabinet secrataries have to resign, he won't pick her back up again. If she does run again. This woman will be a powerhouse no matter whatever she decides to do. I was hoping John Kerry would get the job too, though.

    November 20, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Reality

    What happened to elected representation? The Dems have turned the senate into a popularity contest akin to an elementary school student body election. Things were not run in this fashion prior to 2006. Ridiculous.

    November 20, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. AJ

    She should be Majority Leader. Reid has been a dismal failure.

    November 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Proud American from New England

    RETIREMENT should be option # 1.

    November 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. John

    I agree, NO MORE THE CLINTONS!! The Clintons are such entitlement, they feel they are entitled to anything and everyone shoud support them. NO MORE!

    November 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. John

    Obama picked a staff that is suppose to provide him with advice and help lead this country. How can you make intelligent decisions with people that don't know what's going on. You have to mix it up with experience, which means former clinton staff members. There is no one in politics that is not tied to someone or some company. Everybody has dirt including you. Not many of you posting on this board could ever run for office once a P.I. went through your life.

    November 20, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Mike Dallas

    Yo' Gary you moron.

    I am a 57 year old scumbag, stop blaming the young people for presenting a bimbo bible thumper and a RINO as the only choices, and then blame young voters when America votes for the most liberal congressman.

    Get a clue the repugs and rabid right are way past the expiration date.

    But do keep ignoring that fact, we progressives love it!

    November 20, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. joan

    SOS Bill Richarson!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Susan

    We hope Obama picks Hillary for Secretary of State. She is well qualified. We want her on Obama's cabinet. Glad to have him for our President!!

    November 20, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Kay Langmuir

    Hi guys,
    Seems this vetting process for Secretary of State is taking a while. Now there's talk of a new role for Hillary Clinton in the Senate.
    I think Barack Obama has been a chess player in this from the get go. I think he knew from the beginning that the vetting process would be very onerous for the Clintons, and more than likely unsuccessful for them. But this way he gets to appear magnanimous, building bridges with Hillary and appearing to reward her for her help during the campaign. Yet at the same time he is able to distance his administration from all the Clinton baggage, and keep her in the Senate where she can still be immensely helpful to him.
    Kay Langmuir
    Kingston, Ontario
    Canada (where I only wish the political scene was as fascinating as yours!)

    November 20, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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