November 17th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
13 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. It's Just ME

    What did you expect him to say? Why is this even news? And what does he know?

    November 17, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Alan Jarman

    Precisely what we need is another high ranking American official with ZERO experience in the area they are charged to lead in troubled times. Are we all completely drunk?

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Dixie AZ

    If Obama asks and if Hillary accepts, I hope we won't be getting 2 Clintons for the price of one. I have alot of faith in Hillary, but don't have much respect for Bill Clinton.

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Dennis

    Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State would be like throwing gasoline on a fire. Bill Richardson would be a much better choice.

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Praetorian

    I can see it now-world impact!!!

    Hillary–Secretary of State, U.S.

    Bill–General Secretary, U.N.

    What power team.

    November 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Andrew

    Hey Guys how about that Sarah Palin book deal? 7 to 8 millions, are you kidding? Joe the plumber book? All those are no Barack Obama

    November 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. lou, Mississippi

    NO WAY! Governor Richardson deserves that appointment. President-elect should go with the most qualified person. I would whether him stay with Dr. Condi Rice instead of Hillary Clinton.

    November 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. bitter_in_pa

    So much for change. If Obama picks her its a sellout to the power brokers.

    November 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Tom T.

    By stepping in to remind everyone that with Hillary we get Bill, I suspect that Bill has now torpedoed his wife's nomination.

    November 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Michael watching from Canada

    Yes, Hillary has earned a great deal of respect around the world. She would make a very good SoS. But, the Clintons better be very careful that there will be absolutely no conflicts of interest between Hillary being SoS and Bill Clinton's global initiatives.

    And again, I really hope America is patient with their new President-elect. It is going to take time and a major change to some of the altruistic habits America has gotten used to.

    November 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. therealist

    Except that, the only foriegn experience Hillary had was a lie.., something about dodging sniper fire in Bosina. But hey.., maybe she can hire Sarah Palinn as an advisor..

    November 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Doug R.

    ...and Bill can fill her vacant Senate position.

    November 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. RealityKing

    So much for foriegn experience having ANYTHING to do with ones abilities to fill a government job...

    November 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Karen - Proud of This Country

    I say ok to Madam Secretary Clinton. I like the idea of Senator Clinton being in the cabinet... Make this happened Obama.

    November 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Getting It Right

    Bill is a top-notch intelligent leader, but he is so old school with the games he plays – Bill: Work on the CGI and stay out politics. You got your money, so let Hillary do what she does best; she is just as intelligent (if not more so) than you and she needs to stand on her own – we all love her.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Steve, Madison WI

    I think Hillary would be a good choice. But to correct you Bill, you did not campaign hard for Obama – Hillary did, you did not. As one of your past ardent supporters, I am highly disappointed in your egomaniacal behavior since leaving office. So Bill, leave the future to Obama and Hillary and save whatever legacy you have.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Dorothy in NC

    I was a great Bill Clinton supporter when he was President but now is the time for him to step down out of the limelight. I think Hillary would make a wonderful SOS but Bill should have learned from the campaign that he really hurts her credibility by always being in the media scrutinizing hers and Obamas every move.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. jt hall

    He just can't shut up – that's why hillary should not be secretary of state... what a disaster... voices of this administration would come from every corner of D.C.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Every time Bill talks about his wife and Obama I get the feeling he just can't accept that Obama won over Hillary fair and square. Does the country, do other countries around the globe, really need this lack of certainty about who Hillary would be working for as SoS?

    Richardson is a much better choice. He doesn't take the spotlight off Obama, he has great diplomatic credentials, and he opens doors throughout the Western Hemisphere that Clinton does not. If we're going to be reevaluating our relationship with Cuba or working to counter the influence of Hugo Chavez in the region, I'd much rather have someone there who speaks the language.

    November 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ SUSIE..... you are so right! Thanks for your comment! One of the FIRST things President Obama should do is cancel all of our FOREIGN AID! The money is desperately needed at home!

    November 17, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. bill, alabama

    With her knowing world leaders already and their fondness for her husband, Hilary woud make a great choice for secretary of state.

    I would like to see Colin Powell for secretary of defense also.

    November 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Michael

    You people are UNBELIEVABLE. Lay off the Clinton's already! Bill was THE MOST popular and ONLY 2 term Democratic President since FDR.

    November 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. demwit

    But, but, what has happened to Obama's tough job application?

    Or is hangin with known felons OK in Obama world? Oh..., of course it is, Obama can't expect more than he has given himself.., or can he??

    November 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Denise P Quinton

    It would be in the best interest of our country if OBAMA was concerned and caring enough about the status of our beloved country to choose a qualified, exemplary, women who has such grace and intelligence for this position.
    If should have been the other way around but at least Obama is smart enough to realize he does not have the knowledge for this position, and needs real help.

    November 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. LIP

    There seems to be some conflict of interest with Bill and a particular organization of his where Hillary sits on the board. Could someone expand on this?

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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