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.

Watch: How are the Clintons doing?

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. The Federalist

    As a conservative, I admit I feel odd saying I feel bad for Senator Clinton. I mean, yeah, she's a scary socialist and all, but she really got a good old fashioned "roger-ing" by the media. The media was so bad in their bias, they didn't even put on the PRETENSE of trying to appear unbiased.

    I mean, it was "All Obama – All the time." In light of such unabashed, unapologetic bias, the FEC should require the major mainstream media outlets to register as 527 political groups.

    June 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Tracy, Los Angeles, CA

    I miss Hillary, too. I don't, however, miss the members of the media bashing the heck out of her every word, outfit or intonation.

    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. SHEEP

    Why do people blog here for Hillary not to support Obama. Are you still that bitter. She val;iantly tried but however received fewer votes. If Clinton supporters do not support the elected democratic nomineee then Obama supporters (whom their are more of) will not support her if she tries again in the future. She is not dumb enough to commit political suicide

    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. William, from Cali!

    What I want to know is; Is she "less bitter" now, than she was before ;"She left the Stage",after dropping out of the race.Or is she "more bitter", that she has "Debts" to repay? Which is it?

    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. demwit

    So if your a Senator and run for president. Your not obligated to fullfill your responsibilities as Senator until you lose as President??

    Oh....

    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. m.c.

    Go Hillary!!! Let's have a roll call at the convention!!! Put Hillary's name in nomination!!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Cecilia

    I will not vote for Obama - doesn't have what it takes; even if Clinton were to be a VP nominee - which I hope she doesn't bother with. She's definitely Presidential material.
    This time my vote will be for 'the other guy' – John McCain.

    June 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Hello!!!

    John Smith, I guess calling every Hillary supporter a racist helps you sleep better at night. Stupid.

    June 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. ProundToBeRepublican

    It is shameful to see a lot of uneducated, racist white people getting furious by the idea their next president might be a black man. My advice to this people is get use to it its coming very soom.

    June 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Phil, FL

    Limbaugh Junkies – get a real life.

    June 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Kari A., New York, NY

    As a New Yorker I am happy to have her working for us again. Let's move on, shall we? Please!

    June 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. hill supporter

    They trashed, bashed and screwed you...

    DON'T help them win.

    Love you Hill.

    Ask Obama why I should vote for him, after Michelle said on TV that she would not vote for YOU if you were the nominee.

    June 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. OBAMA ROCKS!

    Am glad to see she is back to work and out of our hair. I have not missed seeing her in the news on a daily basis. Much less stress! I hope she represents NY well because we sure don't want her here in Iowa!

    Obama still needs to be careful of this woman who cannot be trusted though.

    June 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Shawn

    Hillary is a very good candidate to help Obama with fixing our social security and Health Care. She should have a post in Obama administration dealing with fixing the Social Security and Health Care.

    June 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Sherry - PA

    All of those who are saying that they'll just write-in Hillary, you might as well just stay home. If you write-in a candidate that wasn't approved your vote will go to the Dem. candidate (since Hillary is a Dem). I'm so over everyone being so upset that Hillary lost (it's true, she lost.) Obama won the nomination fair and square, and he still would have won it even if Florida and Michigan were fully counted. Popular vote doesn't mean anything when you're electing. Delegate counts and the electoral college votes is what matters in the election. Stop whining and just stay home instead of being pouty, because half of you are acting like you aren't even of legal age to vote.

    June 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Michael

    The best man for the job has been elliminated. Hillary is back in the Senate and another inexperienced presidential candidate (another one like Bush, Mr. "What do I do now?") is on the campaign trail. It is time to settle some scores.

    June 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Raghu

    Never Obama Dems, are you confortable typing this?
    If you vote McCain or write in Hillary, you will help McCain win.

    Do you know the pain?
    Do you know the pain of a woman whose husband died in Iraq.(lives a block from me)
    Can you look into her eyes?
    Can you look into her eyes and say it going to be all right?
    Can you look into other peoples eyes and say this is not going to happen to you.
    Can you look them in the eye, knowing you've hurt them because your candidate didn't get elected?

    Do you know the pain?
    The pain of a raped woman who is going to die because of pro-life.
    Can you look her in the eye?
    Can you look her in the eye and say "I voted for someone who will uphold your rights.
    Can you look them in the eye, knowing you've hurt them because your candidate didn't get elected?

    Do you know the pain?
    The pain of an illegal immigrant who crossed years ago to help his child get an education who is about to be deported.
    Can you look him in the eye?
    Can you look him in the eye and say, "Your son is going to be educated"?
    Can you look them in the eye, knowing you've hurt them because your candidate didn't get elected?

    Do you know the pain?
    The pain of a single woman who is sad. Her baby has no health care, they are poor, and gas is just too much for them.
    Can you look that baby in the eye?
    Can you look him in the eye and say you're going to live a better life.
    Can you look them in the eye, knowing you've hurt them because your candidate didn't get elected?

    Do you know the pain?
    The pain of a Muslim boy(my friend) whose parents might die in Iran.
    Can you look him in the eye?
    Can you look him in the eye and say Your parents are not going to die in the hands of a war maniac.
    Can you look them in the eye, knowing you've hurt them because your candidate didn't get nominated?

    Sons of Freedom, citizens of America, Wake UP!
    Vote on views not on the candidate.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. NORFOLK08

    UNITY,NH BOTH GOT 107 VOTES LOVE THE SYMBOLISM

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Good for Sen. Clinton. I believe she will be generous in her help to elect Sen. Obama.

    Those who will not vote for Sen. Obama if Hillary's not on the ballot, are sadly mistaken!

    A vote for McCain is a vote for more of the same! Please think long and hard before making that choice.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Lars Larson

    Don't worry, she won't be in the senate long. Once Obama is elected president, he'll find a great cabinet position for her. I'm guessing that McCain won't do the same.

    So, swallow your pride and put away the "woe is us act" and vote for Obama, who will make sure that Hillary is a vital part of the cabinet.

    OR, vote for McCain or write in Hillary (essentially, a vote for McCain) and have her voice restricted to the senate.

    Which makes more sense?

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Miamitoo

    Obama is a public relations creation. His persona and his career have been packaged and sold with slick commercials and catchy slogans like "I can't believe it's not butter." But guess what, it's not butter. And guess what, it's not Barack.

    The real Barack is turning out to be a lot like the old products, loaded with saturated fat – I guess that "corn" oil has plenty of it - and no vitamin A or D. So what good is it?

    You got a choice? Buy the real thing. At least you know what it is.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. ANGEL in NV

    Obama-Clinton 08!!! DEMS UNITE!!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. George in Chicago

    Now, will you please divorce that buffonish husband of yours? It's safe, he has ruined any legacy dreams which he may have had. Chelsea's old enough, and he disgraced you beyond your need to have him around to help your (now defunct) election chances. Do the country a favor and show us that you really do have what it takes.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Hello!!!

    Joe. you shut up, too.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. POOP THERE IT IS

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS SHOULD ONLY GET HALF A VOTE

    June 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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