November 17th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton says wife would be 'great' secretary of state

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bill Clinton says his wife would make a great secretary of state."](CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is weighing in on the possibility of his wife becoming secretary of state, saying the New York senator would "be really great" in the post.

"She loves doing what she is doing. But if she decided - if he decided to ask her to do it and they did it together I think she'd be really great at being secretary of state," Clinton said Sunday during an economic conference in Kuwait hosted by the National Bank of Kuwait.

But the former president made clear his wife did not seek out a job offer.

"She worked very hard for his election after the primary fight they had and so did I and we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she did not do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less getting this discussed," he said.

The New York senator is reportedly on Obama's shortlist for the position. Sources tell CNN New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is also in the running.

soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. gp

    Here we are again with the question WHAT HILARY WONT???? We can not aford this narcisistic women taking stage again!!!!!!!!!! This is contraindication – when ever she involved in bysines all artention is on her and about her!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let be clear that she is such a distraction fron any real work be done.. She worked so hard during election but was only preocupied with her sel and her hurt feelings, entitelment, requests......THAT DOESN"T WOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama be wise. I know you belive you can handel her and you can BUT WHY WOULD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need you to chose how you are going to go about your energy ...........stay focyse............pick what yoou realy have to fight for and not all what you can.....Let her to Bill so they worn each other and not you............we need you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Panther1

    Why do people keep mentioning Hillairy for 2012? Unless she abandons the Democratic Party, she won't be able to run until 2016.

    Also, to those who don't support Barack Obama, you lost in a huge way. The majority of Americans want the country to go in a different direction. We had to put up with 8 years of disasterous governance because small minded morons thought that it was more important to elect a president who cared about "values" than someone who could actually do the job. NOTICE TO RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVES, NO, LET'S USE THE CORRECT WORDS, RIGHT WING CLOSE MINDED EXTREMISTS: Most people care about values, we just aren't into imposing our values on everyone else. Read the Constitution - this country was founded on the notion of freedom of belief and expression, yet you would suppress such freedoms and call those who don't agree with you "un-American." What a joke. Do what is good for you - crawl back into your insulated fantasy world and let thinking people fix this mess you got us into.

    November 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Sara Shamili

    I think it would be a terrible mistake of Obama, if he gives Hillary that job. She has the opposite foreign policy of Obama. Hillary has exactly the same ideas as Republicans and no wonder all of them are supporting her. And Wolf Blitzer is campaigning very hard for her as he did for Sarah Palin.
    Please, Obama don't give her that great power. You would regret it bitterly.

    November 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Wait...What?

    I love how people think redistribution of wealth is a new thing. Thinking the Clinton years were more Socialist than the Bush years it makes me laugh and smile.

    November 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Vic

    I agree that Senator Clinton would be good for the position, but, Chuck Hagel would also be good.

    November 17, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Christian

    I love Hillary but this would be a mistake to make one of the most internationally despised women on earth the Secretary of State.
    Kudos to whomever pointed out that she threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran. Secretary of State is a position that requires for people to like you.
    Tap the pudgy Mexican boy for that one. He's a charmer.

    Appoint Hillary as Attorney General Instead.

    November 17, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Plus she would be out of the country a lot. Good for 'ole Slick Willy, eh?

    November 17, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Bianca

    "Strong, tough, smart and what a poke in the eye to the misogynistic taliban sympathizers. "

    As opposed to our current Sec of State whom is already a women dealing with foreign affairs in the middle east..hello! LOL

    Anyways, she will do fine at this job and would be a great choice. So would Richardson.

    November 17, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. conservative

    What a belly laugh !

    November 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Jonas

    Did Bill Clinton help OBAMA win the election???? Surely not in VA or IN. He couldn't bring himself to admit that OBAMA was qualified to be
    commander in chief until the last minute when OBAMA' s victory was
    evident. I wouldn't be surprised If Bill and Hillary secretly voted for
    John McCain

    November 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Niky

    Why would Richardson feel bad if HRC gets SOS. Didnt he say, when he endorsed Obama, that he wasnt doing it for a cabinet position?!

    November 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Canadian Girl

    I'm Canadian, I live about 20 min from a major US city... I can't even begin to explain the overwhelming sense of RELIEF when Obama was's like a heavy blanket has been lifted from our shoulders, not only in Canada, but the WORLD! Yay! I'm proud of our neighbours for getting it right! Not only that, we are thrilled, because the Bush Adminstration decided for 8 years to isolate the States from its allies, and its BROTHER – Canada. To say that we as Canadians have NEVER felt such strain between two nations during this time is an understatement. In saying this – I think Clinton will make a wonderful addition to the White House Administration – her level of experience on the GLOBAL WORLD STAGE is great!!! Good luck all! Welcome back!

    November 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Mohsen Emami

    In my humble opinion, Hillary Clinton would be the most qualified and the very best candidate for the Secretary of State position.

    November 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |



    November 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |




    November 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. SIMP

    Nobody said she asked for the job Bill. You need to chill out. yes Hillary campaigned for Obama and that's great. You need to let Hillary speak for HIllary and not you. Obama will select who he wants for the job, personally the two hillary and bill richardson either is fine with me.
    I would perfer Colin Powell over either one of these.

    November 17, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Stop complainning

    Just because President Obama is surrounding his self with familiar faces does not mean that he is not about change. What he is doing is bringing back some of the old players in washington that got the job done when Clinton was in office. You go with what you know works not guessing or experimenting with people lives. We have done that enough and that has gotten us to this point. If you don't like what he is doing RUN AGAINST HIM IN 2012 If not then shut up.

    November 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Mary - Independent

    It would be nice if Hillary would be asked to fill the position of Secratary of State – Richardson does not have as strong
    qualifications of International Affairs. If Bill Clinton would just stay out,
    Hillary might have a chance.

    November 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Ron

    Due to the Clinton ties with foreign leaders and past dealings, many financial gains with foreign dealings, I think Richardson should be put in as secretary of state. The right wingers would have a field day with Clinton and it would come back to bite Obama in 2012.

    Instead, put Clinton in as attorney general.

    November 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I'd love to get Hillary out of NY state. Please pick her!

    November 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Sunny

    What is Bill's problem? Why does he have to comment on a thing which is not eve on the table? Looks like Clintons are not only selfish but are greedy for power. These power-hungry people would jump on even a slightest hint and make it so public that Obama would look bad if he does not do it. Same way as they publicized the VP thing for Hillary.

    Come on Clinton, get used to the notion of being common people fopr some time. We gave you a chance and you blew it up by getting blowed! Now, your temper is not only going to make you the worst loser who is so sore that he acts like a 8 year old kid, but it will also make you the worst ex-president of the USA.

    So, please, with respect, Mr. Bill Clinton, stop poking your nose into your wife's affairs. You are doing her way more harm than justice to her efforts. She is very much capable to reach the top without you pushing from behind.

    November 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Helene

    Attorney General would be much wiser.

    November 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. CanIcallyouJoe

    No. Mistake.

    Hillary Clinton is the wrong person for Secretary of State. Period.

    November 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Chris

    What exactly makes H. Clinton qualified to be Secretary of State?
    As the Secretary of State she would be the official responsible for foreign policy, the most senior position in the president's cabinet, and the fourth in the presidential line of succession. Not to mention the Secretary of State is also, in protocol, the first cabinet member in the order of precedence, immediately preceding any former presidents and former first ladies, who are followed by the rest of the Cabinet.

    Sen Obama proved he could get elected without the Clintons. Now he needs to proved he doesn't need her to have these responsibilities. Put he in charge of healthcare.

    November 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. David Minneapolis

    Ignorance will not save you. So many of you are blaming Obama even before he takes office. This is the mess of the Bush administration, the Clinton years, Bush 1 and yes, Reagan for that matter, and his trickle down economics. It may take Obama more than his first administration to dig out of this hole, but as a patriotic american, which I am so sure that all of you haters are, right, you will roll up your sleeves and get to work. And you'd better pray hard every night that Obama is successful, because what is at stake is your home, your job, your kids and your grandkids futures. At this point it's not about whose right it's about what's left after this economic tsunami subsides.

    November 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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