December 2nd, 2008
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Bill not interested in Hillary's Senate seat

 The former President does not intend to replace his wife in the Senate.

The former President does not intend to replace his wife in the Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton has no interest in replacing his wife in the U.S. Senate, with his spokesman saying any speculation that he would be interested is "completely false."

As Hillary Clinton prepares to make the move from Capitol Hill to the incoming administration following her nomination yesterday as President-elect Barack Obama's Secretary of State, the race is on to replace her in the Senate.

Monday Hillary Clinton said that "leaving the Senate is very difficult for me."

The task of choosing a successor to Clinton will be just as tough. That job falls to David Paterson, New York's Democratic governor. Whomever he picks would serve for two years, before a special election would be held in November 2010 to decide who fills out the last two years of Clinton's term.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Senate
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Jack

    . . . Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    December 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |

    Who's the brain dead blogger that started this rumor about Bill? Lem'me guess – a right-wing nut job maybe?

    Must be a slow news day when these Rovian style "fear, smear, mock and lie" village idiots have nothing to do but start an absurd rumor like this...

    As we say "Only in America"...

    December 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Ann

    Caroline Kennedy? What has she done? other than falling for Obama..

    December 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Reality Queen

    Im going to treat my interns with a wink and a nod.I just bought a new padded desk just to get the right wing fringers really upset.

    December 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Mark

    You don't go from the greatest President to Senator. We like Bill just where he is!! Go obama!! For the first time in my adult life I am proud of America!!

    December 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. KJ

    There is a God. Us New Yorkers are losing Senator Clinton (thank God) and the former President decides he is not interested in his wife's Senate seat.

    Ok, then please go back to Arkansas and take all of your so-called donors with you who contributed to the Clinton Library. We the people all know who the majority of these donors are/were. Amazing that a former President is full of corruption and gets away with it.

    Thank you Lord for convincing President Clinton not to consider his wife's Senate seat and for having President Elect OBama choose Senator Clinton as the SoS.

    December 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. John in VA

    I would like to see it go to Byron Brown, from that much-neglected part of the state known as upstate.

    December 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. G

    umm duh! he was president who was the idiot who actually thought he would be interested lol.

    December 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. silver bells

    caroline kennedy would be great.

    December 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Anna

    I think Chelsea can start her political career.

    December 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Baze

    Good, we're not interested in Bill either.

    December 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Troy

    Hillary 2016!

    December 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Guy


    December 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. JD

    I think Bill should be selected to take his wife's Senate seat. It would be only fitting...Hillary "advising" B.O. in the White House and Bill up on Capitol Hill. It will be like old home week for the Democrats. Just one question...where in Washington would we be able to fit the 3 ring circus tent...because that's what it would be!

    December 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. PJP

    Aaron from Cinn: You really think Hillary is going to go and ask Bill for advice? I do beleive if the woman could get away with it, she would have him killed! You think THEY ran the country good? Why do you think Bush could not get us out of the mess we are in now? It takes longer to get out of a mess than to get in it. You think Obama is going to do a good job? Look at all the CHANGES he is making!! Yea! Right!!!!

    December 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    No, that would require work instead of speeches.

    December 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Pride

    Just like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, they all must be very, extermely, proud and honored to work for a boss much younger and less experienced, with a mystery past, like Obama. It must be their life-time ambition, to serve Obama. What is next, Michelle Robinson Obama, following the foot-step of Hillary Clinton? Remember Jimmy Carter, and a highly moral Bill Clinton, or Ted Kennedy? It is American destiny.

    December 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. tom

    Ah...I would think that being rightfully impeached and then disbarred in his home state of Arkansas for perjury and obstruction of justice might make it moot.

    December 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Evelyn H

    He wants to be begged.

    December 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. res45

    Good for you Mr. President,I wouldn't expose myself to that cesspool DC has become since the founding of this country anymore than I had to. You paid your dues took your hits,stay where you can do some good and not be apart of the problem.

    December 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. obama-mama

    RealityKing wish he had a female.

    December 2, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. GaVoter

    It will be hard for NY to choose someone as incompetent, inexperienced and selfabsorbed as Hillary...

    December 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. GOP=Epic Fail

    i remember when Bill Clinton left office. More people said that they would miss him, and wanted him to stay than Bush.

    Bush cant leave office fast enough according to how the majority of people feel about him.

    December 2, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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