November 14th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama asks Clinton if she is interested in secretary of state post

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Sources say Obama asked Clinton if she is interested in the secretary of state post.

Sources say Obama asked Clinton if she is interested in the secretary of state post.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Multiple Democratic sources tell CNN that President Elect Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton had a “serious discussion” Thursday to gauge Clinton’s interest in the post of Secretary of State, if she were offered it. Senator Clinton’s response is unknown, although multiple sources agree that Hillary Clinton was left with the impression that if she were interested in the post, it would be hers.

“There was a serious discussion to determine whether, if offered Secretary of State, she would accept it,” said a source close to the Obama transition.

In these circumstances, that source added, a president-elect does not meet with potential cabinet secretaries unless they are serious about making an offer.

Another source close to the Obama transition team told CNN, “this (asking Clinton to be Secretary of State) has been of great interest to Obama for awhile. You’ve got to assume that Hillary Clinton did not come to visit the city of Chicago.”

Over the course of the last 24 hours, sources close to Hillary Clinton have softened their one-time solid public position that she would not be interested in a cabinet position. Those sources now say that Hillary Clinton is clearly contemplating various ways in which she can serve the Obama Administration.

On Monday, Senator Clinton responded to a reporter’s question by saying, “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."

Another source close to the Obama transition team tells CNN that among the key details to be worked out with Clinton, should she express interest in the position, are issues of how her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be able to continue his work with the Clinton Global Initiative without complicating Hillary Clinton’s work as Secretary of State.

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  1. Peter (CA)

    For those right wingers on these blogs who keep asking the Obama supporters why we are "angry", I give you "Dan, FL", "No Hillary", "Rick" "Obamaisafraud" and I barely got a tenth of the way up the blog.

    I don't see any reason for the negativity. You don't have to agree but why not say WHY you do not agree? No facts necessary, just right wing spewing.

    By the way, Hillary is on the Senate foreign relations committee. She does have experience, she is not looking for foreign countries when standing on the porch.

    November 14, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Edward

    So on Anderson Cooper they are asking why Obama would chose Clinton for this post when they have had disagreements on the issue of how they would deal with foreign officials. Would they rather he staff up only with people who agree with him? It is a clear sign of him wanting to be tested and have all voices heard before he makes decisions. This man knows how to lead.

    Any other politician would staff up with yes men, people who have contributed to their campaign and people who will always tell them that they are right. What did Bush do when people disagreed with him? He and his administration outed Valarie Plame just because her husband spoke out against him on some issues. Bush was never wrong in his mind and had no one to tell him otherwise.

    November 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Ray

    I feel the need to stay away form the Clintons for a cabinet post with the Peter paul vs the Clinton in court in the next 2 weeks. In The New York Fedaral Court . They will have their handfull defending themsevles. for the illegal money in 2000 the syphtoed from Pete Paul

    November 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. julio

    The Clinton name carries a lot of weight and respect internationally. If Senator Clinton were to be named Secretary of State, it would immediately increase the USA's standing in the world. Very wise choice for President-Elect Obama.

    November 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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