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. Hello!!!

    To "Welcome back"......did you know Webb is for drilling?

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

    I wish she'd just stay home!!

    Obama rules!!

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

    Stop! Hillary supporters!! If she says Obama is the guy who can lead our country– do not poison the thought. You are disrespecting her.

    Stop moping and be a true democrat and American.

    Vote Obama'08

    June 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. gordi/calgary

    Hilary ran a race, someone had to lose, Obama didn't cheat to win, he won fair and square...Give it up people (write her name in the ballot)
    if you want the war to go on for ever and no change at all in your economy ,your only hurting yourself and the rest of Americans . I am an Canadian and I would be proud to have Obama for my prime minister.

    June 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. No Comment from True Democrats

    True Democrats,

    I am so tired of all the tickers being about the Democratic party. They are trying to divide our party. The only comment I will leave is NO COMMENT until they give the republican party the same attention. Please join me…


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

    SD.....BO was NOT properly vetted like he SHOULD have been. The media fell in love with him and ignored everything until it was too late. That's why. Have a one day primary today. She'd win huge.

    June 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    I am sure that many of the senators are disappointed in the type of
    race that she ran!

    June 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. LI Democrat

    Did former Hillary supporters now backing McCain suddenly decide that since she lost, Roe v. Wade should be overturned? Are tax breaks for the extremely wealthy now okay? VOTE ON THE ISSUES!!! IT'S NOT A BEAUTY CONTEST!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. McCrazy

    Blame Bush June 23rd, 2008 1:58 pm ET

    Ahhh…oil for $50 a barrel…oh yeah, that was before the Democrats took control of Congress.

    Oh, wasn't it $18 before Bush took office?

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

    NH Mom. Act like a 5 year old brat that can't have what she wants and
    put McCain in office and Hillary loses in 2012.

    June 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Becky

    I'm glad she's backing Barack Obama now. I hope her supporters do too and all the bickering between our Democratic party will end. The primaries were difficult, yes we all can agree on that.

    June 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Pat-Pittsburgh

    Welcome back Hillary, go get 'em.

    Eighteen million of us absolutely appreciate your courage!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Peter

    Both the Obama and Hillary camps need to chill out a bit.

    Angry words coming from either side will just lead to a McCain win. Is that what we want? Four more years of nothing but failure and lack of vision??

    And to those who blame a Democratic congress for high oil prices....what color is the sky in your world? I'm sure it has nothing to do with oilmen in the White House, secret meetings between Cheney and oil company execs, and a failed plan to "stabilize" the Middle East.

    June 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Looks like the Hillary supporters are still recovering from her defeat. Ednure, and live with it.

    June 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Bulldog

    It's so unfortunate their are still so many people who are sore losers and hate Barack Obama only because Hillary lost. These people are should be ashamed of themselves. It's one thing to disagree on issues (which Hillary and Barack or the same) and another to hate someone because they beat their canidate. Barack Obama did not come up with the "kitchen sink" strategy which was dirty politics. He won fair and square and some people will always hold a grudge. They hate anyone that doesn't agree with them.

    June 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. No McCain!

    You ran a great race, Hillary, now we need you to unite the party! I admire your hard-work in this campaign.

    Obama/(possibly Clinton) '08!

    June 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. truth be told.

    She did NOT end her run.

    She was forced out by a lying, cheating Obama and a political correct but ethically corrupt DNC.

    June 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Honestlady

    At those of you who believe that Hillary would have been one of the best presidents that we ever had....what makes you think this? What evidence do you have that suggests that she would have been one of the best presidents that we ever had?

    June 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. CW4Barak

    Hillary supporters....for all of you wondering why Clinton is joining with Obama....I wrote in one of these CNN blogs long ago that at the end of the day Clinton will do what is best for Clinton and not her supporters. You all better wake up and smell the roses and vote your economic interest this election and stop being stupid and talking about wasting your votes by writing in Clinton's name or voting for McBush or staying home. Clinton will perhaps go write a book after all this is over and make millions of dollars...those people aren't suffering, but we are, we are paying the high gas and food prices, our homes are being foreclosed, we can't send ourselves or our children to college, and its our kids who are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. So let's be SMART this year Democrats and elect Sen. Obama a man who is willing to work with everyone for the good of all, and who has said that the Clintons will have absolute importance in his administration. The Clintons had their chance of 8 yrs. and except for some iffy policies and some scandals they did an awesome job.....but now its time to move on, give this fellow Democrat the chance he deserves! We CANNOT afford the have the Republicans back in the White House....to take from your mentor....it took a Democrat to clean up after the last Bush and its going to take another Democrate to clean up after this Bush!

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Ben

    What happened to the unity in this party?

    Everyone saying you won't back Obama because you respect Hill so much? If she thinks he can do it, then why wouldn't you?

    Why on earth would you give your vote to someone who we all know has the exact opposite of our country's best interest in mind?

    Get over yourself

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Crush Rush

    Dittoheads are the real losers,try as they might to dispense hatred between Demcrats,they will cry and wreath with pain when its over but their leader will continue to eats steaks,smoke fat cigars and live in his moated castle with the money he made from selling them t-shirts and hats from his not so great operation chaos.

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. independent

    ryan- please stay home .that's your choice and i'm glad,but,please stop repeating yourself.noone cares if you stay home and dont vote.do you actually think your one measley little vote will even make a difference?you probably live in some red state,that will never vote democratic ,anyway.want to talk issues?

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. McCrazy

    It is becoming a bit sad that Obama supporters immediately call anyone who doesn't support Obama a racist. It is sad and a bit pathetic that is what you have to do to justify the fact Obama had just 50 % of the votes in the democratic primary. Eventually, voters are going to get tired of the whining and crying wolf, or racism in this case.

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Prince Sean Johnson

    I believe in a strong America where we move forward and not be teachers. I believe a person with experience should be in the White House and that person is Senator John McCain. Senator Barack Obama has no place in the White House. His presumptive nominee is because the many Blacks that helped him. The Black Politicians were smart and they know they don't have time to teach a Senator. They endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton. Because they know what it takes to hold that title to be President of the United States President. I know they would rather back Senator John McCain but they can't because it will look bad on them.
    I myself am switching my vote to Senator John McCain this fall. His leadership and experience is what is needed. We, Servicemembers in Korea, and my comrades all around the world know what it takes. We need Senator John McCain. Senator Barack Obama is just words and we don't need that. We need a person like Senator Hillary Clinton who I say should be the Democratic Nominee. Her headership and experience and dedication to her job for so many years has paid-off and she should be the nominee. Her experience is needed in this Country we call America.

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Suzie M. in Las Vegas

    I think Obama's gesture is wonderful and proof of the fine, outstanding man he is. I also understand how upset Senator Clinton's supporters are at her loss. However, it is a fact that Barack Obama won the primary and is the presumptive nominee. Please everyone, follow Obama's example and unite for change.

    Obama '08

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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