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. suzy

    WE LOVE YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!
    WE WANT YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. fight the liberal media!

    Now she will show her support for Senator McCain in the Senate

    Welcome Clinton Democrats – you don't need those egghead lefty losers.

    McCain/Cheney '08

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Still waiting for an answer

    Who is the real Barack Obama?

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. the new democrats stink

    They throtted Hillary out... she did NOT end her race and Obama never won it.

    The DNC and the media created an illusion that Obama clinched the nomination. He barely limped along.

    The African Americans forced the party to throw the nomintion to Obama.

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Phil, FL

    Threats and holding people hostage is the Hillary way.

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. right source

    For Hiliary fans: You're candidate didn't make the cut for what the majority of the people thought would be great contributing factors of making a successful term in the White House. It's okay!!!! You win some and you lose some...Pick your bottom lip off the floor and lets move on.....

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Annoyed in Ohio

    News Flash....News Flash...News Flash....

    Hillary Clinton did NOT win the Democratic nomination. It happens people. You can say "still for Hill" or Hillary McCain all the way" or even "I'll be writing Hillary in this November" until your faces turns a very dark shade of purple BUT she isn't gonna be president this time around. As sad and disappointing as it may be, it's reality. For a woman to vote for McCain JUST because Hillary Clinton lost is absolutely ridiculous considering how little he cares about women's rights. Why would you vote for him. If it's just because Hillary lost and he isn't Obama please do us all a favor and just stay him in November.

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Linda

    Obama knows she is the better candidate. He's a self absorbed arrogant man who put his own personal power trip in front of America's choice. Don't help him Hillary, he doesn't deserve your help.

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Uniteforchange

    I'm so sick of you Hillary supporters that keep threating everyone that you're going to vote for McCain. If you support someone, you support the candidate and their issues, not just the person. McCain is aganist almost everything Hillary stands for. So go ahead, be dumb and help put in 4 more years of the same nightmare we have been living with, that's on your conscience. I love Hillary Clinton with all my heart, but I love my country more. Stop making this all about your hurt feelings and about what is best for this country. John Mccain doesn't have what it takes to bring this country together.

    As always, Sen. Clinton has shown her grace and leadership by knowing when to accept what the American people have said. She AMAZING. Voting for McCain is voting aganist Hillary.

    Obama 08'

    June 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Crying wolf

    Ahhhh-what relief. I almost thought the cry-babies were no longer around. Good to see the irrational and emotional wrecks are still around to throw some hate and delusion into the presidential race.

    stop the drama VOTE OBAMA

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jan

    On Friday when Hilary & Barack campaign together, she had better have a smile on her face. I believe both Clintons' are still poor losers. It is her duty & promise to back Barack Obama & his campaign that she will support him in a very positive way. I have no doubt, whatsoever, that if it was the other way around, Barack would campaign for her enthusiastically. We will soon see her true colors.

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Jerica - IA

    Obama Rocks – Speak for yourself .. There are ample people who want her here in Iowa. I can say that I will NOT be supporting Barack Obama and as a black female i can say that is has nothing to do with race. He has great ideas, but I have yet to see any substance. I will be writing in Hillary Clinton – and look forward to working on her next campaign run as the 45th president of the USA

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Joe for Hillary

    Guess what? She has dignity. Any true Hillary supporter should follow her lead and support Obama now.

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Christine

    Sheesh and you call Obama a cult...

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. demwit

    What has Hillary accomplished??

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Michael

    Randall, Georgia

    Give me a break with the socialism thing, there is nothing to suggest either Clinton or Obama is or ever have been a socialist. It amazes me what people will say about this man, some call him a dictator, a communist, a socialist, yet not a one has provided hard evidence to support their claims. It is also strange that the very people making these claims refuse to use their names, Randall being the exception to the rule.

    So I will ask the questions again, it what speech or article has Obama stated anything about being a dictator or that he would rule like a dictator? In what speech or article has Obama suggested he is a socialist or that he would lead in a socialist manner? In what speech or article has Obama suggests he is a communist or has been or believes in communism? Where is the proof in your accusations, I have yet to see any. Give me a break people and stop insulting my and other peoples intelligence.

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Debbie,NJ

    rbasquez. Get over it. McCain has a heart for the people. Who was in favor of continuing to fight a war after the truth came out which caused 4001 american soldiers to be killed, hundereds maimed, for jobs being sent oversees, for privatizing social security, for not helping people whose homes were forclosed, who voted against educational benefits for our soldiers, who voted against aid to Katrina victims, etc...
    What people does he have a heart for, not Americans.

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. angry angry hippo

    hillary crybabies < 18,000,000

    probably a couple hundred thousand at this point, but not enough to have any impact.

    boo hoo

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. they raped her into submission

    I guess you can call it conceding... after being raped by her party, the DNC and the oh so innocent Obama.

    Obama cheated... that is the truth.

    No amount of spinning it will change what every American saw with their own eyes every single night in their living rooms.

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Rick FL

    Welcome back Hillary. I would still love to see you as a Supreme Court Justice.

    To fellow Democratic Clinton supporters, please remember there are 3 potential justices that will be appointed over the next 4 years (2012 will be too late). We cannot afford more neoconservative judges on the Supreme Court, who will not uphold women's rights IMHO.

    I am not just referring to reproductive rights either. McCain also opposed equal pay. Please think about the bigger picture, as this election is too important.

    Obama '08

    June 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Independent LAWYER for Obama

    Welcome back, HRC! I hope you had a really relaxing break – that primary was grueling to WATCH, so I know it took incredible effort to do what you did!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Phil, FL

    Threats and holding people hostage is the Hillary way.

    You people prove it every time you try to do it to the Dem Party.

    If that's what you all are for – if that's what makes her proud – good riddance !!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Kat

    I can tell you one reason Clinton supporters stay angry - because Obama supporters keep calling us racists. It basically prolongs the anger. I am a proud African-American and a Clinton supporter. What am I? A racist against myself? To flip the overly broad generalization, do the black people who voted for Obama hate white people?

    BTW, Michelle Obama was asked during the primary if she would vote for Clinton if she go the nomination. Basically, her answer was that she would have to think about it. Is she bitter? Is she uninformed? Does she not believe in party unity? Does she hate white people? Did I miss any generalizations?

    June 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Voter

    If elected president Obama will destroy the Democratic party's credibility for decades to come. Drop him like a hot potato!

    June 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Debbie,NJ

    To all of you non thinking Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain.
    If McCain gets in office because of you common sense says Hillary doesn't get in office in 2012 because of you.

    June 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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