June 23rd, 2008
04:11 PM ET
13 years ago

It's back to work for Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/23/art.clintonsen.gi.jpg caption=" Clinton is set to head back to work this week."](CNN) - She spent the last year and a half occupying one of the most visible roles in American politics, but this week it's back to being the No. 68 most senior senator for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, who formally ended her presidential bid two weeks ago, is set to return to the Senate Tuesday - the first time in over 17 months the New York Democrat will set foot in the chamber not being a candidate for president. Put another way, the last time Clinton was not a presidential candidate, in January 2007, oil was trading at just over $50 per barrel.

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Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines confirms Clinton will be back to work on the Hill Tuesday and Wednesday, though he would not give further details on the senator's schedule for those two days.

Clinton is also set to address the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Washington on Thursday before joining up with former rival Barack Obama on the campaign trail Friday.

According to the Obama campaign, the two candidates will travel to Unity, New Hampshire - a small town on the state's western border where both candidates received 107 votes in the January primary, according to the campaign.

Clinton's first public appearance since ending her presidential bid came Sunday at a high school graduation ceremony in New York City. There she told the group of students running for president was a "extraordinary experience."

"I have just finished the most extraordinary experience that anybody could possibly have: being able to travel around our country, this great, sprawling, diverse country from one end to the other, meeting thousands and thousands of people who want a better life for themselves and their families, who believe in all their heart in the American Dream," she told graduates of Pelham Prep Academy."

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Jay

    OH !!!!, you people should get over yourselves, with this I will not vote for Obama because Hillary did not win crap.

    Hillary welcame back and thank you for running. Looking follow to see you on the trail again.

    June 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Only HRC for me

    Yes to Hill

    No to Obama

    Hillary for president

    June 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. beckster

    1 year ago I thought that if Hillary got elected it would destroy our country. Now it looks like Obama which is going to be even worse. WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. Head to the hills and cling to your God and those guns cause you are going to lose both of them if Obama is elected.

    June 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. HRC is the one for me

    Hey Hillary don't let the boys bully you....



    June 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Can we get back the last 17 months of her Senate salary? It sure seems she hasn't been doing what she's been paid to do. I'm still waiting for those 20,000 new upstate jobs she promised in her last senate campaign.

    June 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. independent

    you will do fine as a senator,hillary.please do something about these hateful,former supporters of yours,who are being complete idiots,and demanding you be the nominee,when you lost.most are probably limbaugh nutjobs,just pretending to be former hillary supporters.they will only hurt mclimbaugh's chances,in the end,cause we're on to 'em,now.

    June 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Hello!!!

    She would have been one of the BEST presidents we've ever had. It's too bad the world will not be able to see all the good she could have done.

    DNC, why do you contiually shoot yourselves in the foot? Go McCain.

    June 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Tim

    It's great to see Hillary fading away as a politician. The past 3 weeks withought Hillary in the news have been the most peaceful weeks in over a year!!! Politics seem to have more hope withought her constant lieing, beckering, and crying. The race between Obama and McCain seems very peaceful in comparison to her political dogfighting.

    June 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. SD

    I don't understand what Hillary backers are so bitter about? They campaigned both on uneven grounds and she lost. Is that so hard to get over? You've never lost in competition before?

    June 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. oil rules

    This is why elected officials should have to resign their office before making a run like this. 17 months of ignoring New York, except when she was campaigning. What a farce. What would happen to the 'average' worker if he took off 17 months to run for an office? Heck 17 days might can some of us.......

    June 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. joe

    Wow, lots of pro-Clinton whining. Still can't admit that Clinton ran a terrible campaign and lost, fair and square?

    Sure, there are a few misogynists in the media, but most of us had perfectly valid reasons to vote against her.

    June 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. RallyGrrrl

    We got your back, Hillary. Do what you need to do.

    If you're on a ballot in November, I'll vote for you. Otherwise it's back to square one. Anti-feminism is all the rage right now, and it has got to end.

    Women Count!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Linda K.

    I admire Senator Clinton's accomplishments. I didn't vote for her in the my state primary, for policy reasons rather than anything frivolous (though I admit that Bill Clinton played some role in my decision).

    All of the Democratic presidential candidates were well-qualified. And I hope that Hillary Clinton has a special role in the Obama administration, either as a powerful senator or as a cabinet member.

    As Benjamin Franklin once said, "We must all hang together or surely we will all hang separately." If you understand what a McCain presidency would mean, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    I love Hillary. Its Hillary or Mc Cain all the way....

    If she is not on the ticket I vote Mc Cain...Rumor has it Mc Cain is seriously considering Sarah Palin of Alaska.

    Mc Cain/Palin 08
    Hillary 12

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Love you still, Hill

    The best is back.

    Love you, Hillary.

    If you are VP I will reluctantly vote the ticket out of respect for you. I will vote to honor you.

    If you are not on the ticket- better yet- then I can be true to my conscience and vote against the false prophet, Obama.

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. sacto joe

    A lot of NEOCONS posing as Clinton or Obama supporters are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Bob

    CNN another blog question concerning Hillary Clinton? Why ???? I guess your blogs can't get any posters unless you keep the Clinton name in them. What a sad shame. As one psoter said ask some new questions.What about the FISA bill and Iraq ? That's more important than this. What's next Brittany Spears ?

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Timberdoodle

    Do all the Republican morons really think their trash talk in Blogs carries any weight with an informed public. They treat everyone like they can't think for themselves or not smart enough to look at the policies and platforms of the two candidates. The choice is simple if you like how things have been the past 8 years McCain is the sensible choice but if you want to try and change the direction of the country and your current situation Obama is the only choice. All the Blogs in the world won't change that.

    June 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Hillary '08!

    The magic returns!

    Still the best!

    Go Hillary!

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. dem rule

    $50 a barrel BEFORE DEMS took over congress. Hmmm, pattern here???? Wait til they control it all 🙁

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. CNN loves Hillary

    Anti-Obama Movement-

    All of the 18 million supporters (you claim) should donate $1 to Hilly's campaign debt. I'm sure she would greatly appreciate it!!

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    The Clintons' are true patriots and are supporting the candidate that they know is the best choice to lead this great nation!

    Thanks Hillary!

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond.

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Lisa-Fl.

    I will be writing Hillary in also. She has my respect. Obama doesn't.

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. bias killed her but love brings her back

    The lady is back.

    We still hate the DNC, the Media and mostly Obama for what he did to you.

    So go Hill but never to Obama.

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Time for Blocking & Tackling

    After 18 months on the campaign trail Senator, I sure your constiutents are glad to have you back handling their business.

    Work with Senator Obama to repair the rifts opened in the Democratic party by your so-called "kitchen sink" strategy.

    I'd like to see you named as Secretary of Health & Human Services in an Obama Administration. This way you can continue to champion health care.

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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