November 13th, 2008
07:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Hillary Clinton's name mentioned as possible Secretary of State

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton and Obama campaigned together this fall."] (CNN) - Two sources close to the Obama transition team tell CNN that Senator Hillary Clinton’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Secretary of State.

One source close to Hillary Clinton tells CNN that as of early yesterday, Senator Clinton had not been contacted by the transition team about a possible cabinet appointment. This same source tells CNN that Senator Clinton would not necessarily dismiss such an offer.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton, Philippe Reines, tells CNN “Any speculation about cabinet or other administration appointments is really for President-Elect Obama's transition team to address.”

On Monday night, while walking into an awards ceremony in New York, Senator Clinton was asked if she would consider taking a post in the Obama administration. She replied, "I am happy being a Senator from New York, I love this state and this city. I am looking at the long list of things I have to catch up on and do. But I want to be a good partner and I want to do everything I can to make sure his agenda is going to be successful."

soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. jack

    There is only one choice for Sec. of State. Bill Richardson. Let Hillary stay in the Senate and four years from now become a private citizen. That is the job she is best qualified to hold.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. Pam

    I hope she doesn't have to go to Bosnia and dodge more sniper fire.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Dee n AL

    I do not think it is a good idea for Clinton to be Secretary of State. I think she should be in Health Care or the Supreme Court. But if she is Secretary of State she would be able to complain about the administration in 2012.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  4. Peter

    Hillary for SOS? Thanks, but no thanks. John Kerry is, by far, the best choice for these troubling times.

    November 14, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. mom for obama

    Hillary is a bright woman with lots of support. Offering her a Cabinet position would help appease some of her supporters and she'd do a good job. My only concern would be Bill getting in the way.

    November 14, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Lost in Texas

    Oh boy..I bet the far right is licking their chops over this one. The radio talk shows are writing their material right now as we speak.

    November 14, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  7. Grace

    Will Bill Clinton hang on as co-secretary of state and speaks his policy sometimes as he would be interviewed frequently if Hillary indeed gets that title? Bill has nothing to lose!

    November 14, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Kerry for SoSt? Major NO
    Clinton for SoSt? Minor NO
    Richardson for SoSt? possibly
    Best Choice: Max Cleland !!!

    nuff sed

    November 14, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  9. sandee in Portland

    I strongly support Hillary and always have, but do not feel she would be a good match for this cabinet position. Think we need someone with more foreign policy experience like Hagel.

    November 14, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  10. Lisa

    Although she is not my first choice, Hillary would not be a bad choice. It shows that he is sincere when he says that he will listen to those who don't always agree with him. However, I disagree with those who say she deserves it. She was vastly unfair to Barack even condescending to him during the campaign. This opened up the flood gates for more attacks from John McCain during the general election. On the other hand, Bill Richardson has been very loyal in his support of Barack risking his friendship with the Clinton's to side with him. He also has more foreign policy experience. I say, if he wants Hillary in his cabinet for being supportive at the end so be it, but give her Secretary of Health and Human Services so that she can work on health care. However, Bill Richardson would be by far the smarter choice for secretary of state.

    November 14, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Anonymous

    I LOVE IT! She would have made a great President but she will make a great SSofS. Smart and a natural at healing wounds.

    November 14, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Jose Nsasi, ON

    I will be very pride of "President-elect Sen." Obama if this become true.
    Is not the change we need but is a smart decision for the party.

    November 14, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. phil

    Obama needs an aggressive & efficient Secretary of State. I do not know
    weather Hillary Clinton meets the criteria . Health care would be better
    as she has some experience in it,
    As far as her future is concerned , the Political truth is that she needs Obama ,more than Obama needs her.

    November 14, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  14. Independent

    I personally hope that the offer is valid and that Senator Clinton accepts.

    November 14, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Damir Kentucky

    Hillary is most qualified ! But remember, she ought to be president and not Obama ! Hillary will always be number 1

    November 14, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  16. Pete Collins

    In what evil parallel world would it be a good idea to put the Anti-Christ in charge of our diplomacy? HC is the hound from hell who damaged Obama more than the Republicans on foreign policy - and she did it in an obvious effort to cripple his candidacy enough that he could never win in November, thus ensuring she could run in 2012. She's only in this for herself, not her party, not her country. We cannot afford any more self-aggrandizing jerks in our government right now.

    November 14, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. Sydnee Doherty

    What a wonderful thing that would be! Hilary is perfect for the job. International leaders already know her and respect her. She is so knowledgabls, she could jump right in. She would be on top of all issues and prepared to provide proactive leadership versus reactive. What a change from an ex-tennis partner who never gained international respect after 8 years of trying very hard.

    November 14, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  18. Joel Andrew Nagel

    Christiane Amanpour for Secretary of State.

    Has it not occured to the Obama transition team that the most qualified person, by far, for Secretary of State is CNN's
    Christiane Amanpour?

    November 14, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  19. Elizabeth

    Right on Hillary!!! You would have been a great president but since it didnt happen .... this is the next best for you as Secretary of State, and you deserve it! However, New York needs a great senator like you too! How can anyone in their right mind compare you to Sarah Pailin ... she is absolutely no way near your league .... you are to far ahead. Remember ... Hillary ... you are one of the best ....

    November 14, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. Hugh

    How about Colin Powel for SOS ? Wouldn't it be fabulous ?

    November 14, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Paul

    If she is to be appointed to a position, it should be a non-cabinet, arms length role from the President. There would simply be too much attention and emphasis (justified or otherwise) placed on her and her hubby in terms of President Obama's foreign policy positions.

    November 14, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. SC

    Oh, Mr. President-elect, please don't let her down this time but I fervently believe you will always do things for the best of the country.

    November 14, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  23. Jesse

    So... Wheres the change? His cabinet is nothing but Washington Insiders.

    I dont supprt Hillary for Secretary of State. Let hers tay in the Senate to run again in 2012 when America finds out first hand that Obama was not the right choice.

    November 14, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  24. Phil

    In the name of all that’s holy, I hope this isn’t true. We saw how diplomatic Hillary was in the primaries. She dictates rather than negotiate. She’s a fighter, not a uniter. Lots of better places for her to put that talent to use - like maybe the Senate? Hillary the Global Free Trader is NOT best to lead reforms for fair trade.

    November 14, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  25. Phil


    Arabs were right when I heard someone said: "No matter who gets elected, the US foreign policy will stay the same". It is an ignorant, arrogant, selfish, aggressive, not good for any one policy, except maybe for Israel. Now, appointing Clinton as a SOS would be a great "change" back to the policy that was before Bush, which was the exact same foreign policy, as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Yeah, what a "change". If that happens, I want my Obama's campaign donation back!

    November 14, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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