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. Debbie,NJ

    Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill. You voted but you lost. And if you vote for McCain out of spite Hillary will never win in 2012.

    June 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. j williamson

    Thanks for all you did (and do!) Hillary! You'll forever be a winner in my book!

    June 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Randy M

    It's about time she started earning here salary again. 17 months ignoring her beloved New York (other than the 2-3 weeks of campaigning)!! What an absolute joke. She hasn't done sqwat for us yet, and unfortunately, we are still stuck with her.

    Since I read all of these quotes about how she's the best thing to ever happen to this country, are any of you willing to take her off our hands? New Yorkers, upstate at least, would REALLY appreciate it.

    June 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. bettee

    I thought she was going to move to Zimbawbwe, since
    she considered the Florida/Michigan delgate situation
    to be a greater! hijacking of democracy!

    June 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Tricia

    Hillary,
    I have so much admiration for all you have done. THANK you for keeping your delegates. It is only a matter of time until people realize that Obama is corrupt and unequipped and that he cannot win. The superdelegates can change their votes still!

    You are so respected–keep holding your head up high!

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Jay in Chicago

    Some of you people are either really immature, or just downright stupid, or both. Get over yourselves. Most contests dictate that there be a winner and a loser. Hillary didn't win. You're either a true Democrat or you're not. Mess up this election for the Democrats, and you will deserve whatever fate befalls you for voting another Republican into the White House.

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Richard

    Welcome back Hillary!

    As a Hillary spporter I will NEVER vote for Barack Hussein Obama.

    Hillary we miss you, but we will never forget you!

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. LMS

    What is wrong with these Hillary supporters – get over it....

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Phil, FL

    You sore losers want some cheese to go with that pathetic whine?

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. john williams san diego, ca.

    FOOLS for HILLARY...you cannot derail the second coming of Jimmy Carter..Just go away and get ready for socialism..

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. therealist

    Welcome back!

    How long were you gone!?

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Sam

    I wish that the people who keep whining about anti-feminism would jsut give it a rest. Just because someone didn't vote for Hillary doesn't mean they are anti-feminist. Same with Obama. Just because you don't vote for him, it doesn't make you a racist. Just because you don't vote for McCain, it means you are...well. pretty dang smart. In both Democratic cases, if you didn't vote for the person, it's because you don't agree what they stand for.

    In Hillary's case, there was a large number of goofs and "mis-speaks". She would then claim she was "tired" or "misremembered." This is the way Hillary operates. It is the way she has always operated. This may work in a primary, but had she become President the rest of the world would not have treated her kindly. She would have set feminism back by decades, because of her failures as a president.

    I would happily vote for a woman for president. If she is competent. I have mixed feelings about Hillary. I would have voted for Hillary, but I would have been very worried about what skeleton or "misremember" would pop up to haunt her during her administration.

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Substance not Rhetoric

    It's a shame to listen to HRC supporters refused to give Obama the credit he deserves. When HIll was lying, throwing the kitchen sink, pandering to women and white voters and trying to get the DNC to SELECT (NOT ELECT) her everything was fine. And you told Obama if he can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. Now that the DNC chose Obama instead of HIllary because they had the same amount of votes basically but Obama was leading in ALL other categories you cry she was treated unfairly. It almost seems like when a relative dies you only remember how good they are and forget the reasons you could not stand them.

    Well 18 million HRC voter let me introduce you to 18 million BHO supporters. If BHO does not get in neither will HRC. There will be no healing in the Democratic party until chelsea comes along and runs against one of Obama's daughter.

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Debbie,NJ

    reminds me. Hillary reminds me that if you supporters vote for McCain out of spite Hillary will loose in 2012. She needs more than you sore losers to win.

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. John

    Have you ever noticed that everytime someone shows support for Hillary and hate towards Obama it's signed with a womans name????

    Then they say they voted for Hillary because she was the best on the issues, and if Hiilary isn't running then they will vote for McCain. But on the issues Hillary and McCain are total opposites, which proves they weren't voting for Hillary for issues at all!!! Instead simply women voting for a woman!!!! Since their woman didn't win they hate on the guy that beat her.

    Plus they say Obama's change isn't real, because it's just another man in politics. They say electing a woman is the only real change. Even in her failed race Hillary urged this type of reaction and behavior among women.

    It's just amazing how SEXIST women can be!!!!!!!! It seems they are all just pissed at their husbands and men in general. It's sad to see Hillary take out her anger against Bill's affairs onto Obama, who had nothing to do with it. Just as sad as it is to see other women across the country take out their hate against men onto Obama.

    These women need to get over their anger, and realize that Obama is their friend and someone they can trust. Afterall, he is a one time married man and has never jilted a woman.

    However, McCain is on his second marriage. Cindy is not his first wife!!! He had an affair with Cindy in 1979 in Hawaii, while he was still married to first wife. Then in May of 1980 he divorced his wife, and within 30 days he married Cindy. Then in 1989 he had an affair with a lobbyist woman and cheated on Cindy. McCain is another pervert like Bill Clinton!!!! Maybe that's why Hillary's supportors like McCain??????

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Alice in Florida

    Hillary don't help snake in a suit Obama the race-card player who is the biggest racist of them all! He sat in a hate-filled church for 20 years and exposed his children to that garbage, and now he calls everyone who doesn't agree with him a racist. What a DISGUSTING person he is! The only person that makes me sicker than he does is his wife.

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Alexandra

    I am a die hard Obama supporter. But i have to say that i am happy to see you Hill, missed you.
    Welcome back
    Obama/Hillary '08

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Hello!!!

    Sherry, PA ...."popular vote doesn't mean anything when you're electing..." THAT SAYS IT ALL, DOESN"T IT?????????

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Nichole

    Good now maybe she can do her job that she was elected to do here in NY instead of campaigning. We sure do need someone working for us. However its doubtful she'll retain her job next election season.

    June 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Lynn

    What an inspiration. If I would have been her I would have left politics and said the H___ with it. She must really love this country and to want to help others. If you are on the ticket I will vote for you. I have been with you since day 1. If not I will vote against the ticket.

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

    Haven't missed her one bit. Wish she'd have stayed away. Don't need the evil, the drama, or the negativity. Let her go back to NY, where she is a senator, remember? Why has she been ignoring the people in the state she was elected to serve? (Where she is not even from and has no real ties to, by the way)

    Oh, yeah, to try to grab more power.

    June 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Can I Get An Aswer

    I am still amazed that Senator Clinton's supporters believe that the DNC, Senator Obama or some plot against Senator Cliton is the reason she did not win the nomination. I completely understand, however, that her supporters are upset. That is to be expected. Still, an in any competition, there are winners and losers and no matter where you end up you have to take responsibility. Senator Clinton's campaign got off to a bad start and it was hard to correct mid-stream. Most of us, including Senator Clinton, her campaign staff and colleagues, believed that she would win quite easily. We must give Senator Obama credit for running and mostly flawless campagin. It pains me that there are still Clinton supporters who would consider not supporting Senator Obama out of spite. If you disagree with his policies, then so be it. This is too impotant for our country, for its future and the future of our child and generations to come.

    Please don't throw this election away because your candidate didn't win. I support Senator Obama and would certainly have voted for Senator Clinton if she were the nominee. If Senator McCain becomes president I fear that I will have to move to Canada.

    June 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. alone in VT

    NOT IN CONGRESS FOR 17 MONTHS!!!!

    OBAMA OUT FOR A LONG TIME TOO

    WAIT, ARE THEY STILL COLLECTING THEIR $100,00 TAX PAYER PAYCHECKS WHILE DOING ALL THIS PRESIDENT STUFF AND NOT SOLVING OUR PROBLEMS.

    YEAH, THIS IS BIG CHANGE

    June 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Debbie,NJ

    VP? I hope he doesn't make her VP either. But if you and the other losers vote for McCain out of spite she will lose in 2012.

    June 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Ryan

    appleboat- WE WILL keep whining all we want. I dont vote for the party, I vote for the person. I will NOT vote for Obama. GET OVER IT!

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