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. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Bill Clinton thinks his wife would be great for the job? I think my wife would be great as Secretary of State too guys, how do I get her on the shortlist?

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Dexter Skagway

    Change means more of the same. My expectations for the Obama years have imploded. We just swing like a pendulum between the same parties, changing nothing but which group of insider greedheads get to oink and glut at the trough

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. NO

    I hate that they recycle Washington jobs. If she's selected I don't know how our foreign policy is going to change. It would pretty much be the same as Pres. Clinton's. I have a fear that if she's Secretary of State, it will be the same old cookie-cutter foreign policy.

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. xys

    She would be a most excellent choice for secretary of state!

    November 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Richardson? NO.

    I lived in New Mexico. Bill Richardson is a joke.

    November 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. longhorns4life

    if he offers Hillary the job, that would be about as logical as offering McCain the Secretary of Defense job when he meets with him today. While H. Clinton and Obama's domestic policies are quite similar, their foreign policies are not as compatible. Add to the the rampant potential for conflict of interest with all of B. Clinton's dealings and it is a recipe for disaster. She should remain in the Senate or take a different cabinet position like Health and Human Services to focus on Health Care Reform. She is sorely needed there and would be much more effective.

    November 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Jan

    I hope Hillary won't take this position. This President elect & his wife are so arrogant. Hillary & Bill are so humbel, Hillary deserves better.

    November 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. random comment

    I think Hillary would do well, but I wonder if Clinton Foundation donations would represent a conflict of interest, since many donors are foreign nationals.

    November 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Jeff - Jax, FL

    I think she'd do a better job as Secretary of Health and Human Services, given her drive to help with health care reform.

    But we'll see what happens.

    November 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and can you say CONFLICT OF INTEREST with the many multinational Clinton projects?


    November 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Obama Refuses to Support Gay Rights

    Obama said everyone is welcome under his tent and that he's the unity President.

    Then why is he not supporting gay rights? He didn't support gay rights in the Calif. Proposition and he's not supporting gays as they march across the country demanding their rights.

    Are only blacks entitled to their rights? Is this guy just another slick politician not supporting gay rights because blacks voted 70-30 to oppress gays?

    November 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Tabby

    Hillary would make a great sec. of state , nice choice by Obama i wonder what Bill Clinton will do once she is away on foreign missions , did we forget Monica Lewinski , good old 90's ... i miss those days i bet Bill doesn't.

    November 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. mm





    November 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Rachelraye49 - MD

    Jano 1234

    Really do you think Obama needs you behind him now? Why weren't you behind in the election because he won the nominee and not Hillary. So you defected to the losing team. Let Obama do one think that you don't like as in not choosing her for Secretary of State and here you go again not being in his corner. You need to check your hearts at the door.

    November 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Scott

    I think Hillary should get the Secretary of State position and Bill should be appointed to her Senate seat. Maybe it's political incest, but I can't think of two smarter or more qualified people.
    Bill Richardson strikes me as nothing more than an Obama sycophant.

    November 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. ran

    I would like Bill Richarson for SOS. I believe Clinton would do better in the Senate. Also Chuck Hagal or Colon Powel for SOD. Bill clinton like in the primary race would be a distraction not a help.

    November 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. FLewis

    I don't think Hillary is the right person for this job. Bill Clinton will be trying to run the show. I think Obama should pick Bill Richardson. Bill is a nicer person and I think people around the world respects him more then they do Hillary.
    Colin Powell is also a great choice.
    What is Obama thinking???
    Obama needs to find another position for Hillary. Like taking care of the Obama's dog at the White House.

    November 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. ursula

    whine whine whine

    Its President elect Obamas decision... not ours. Quit whining about everything and just accept everything for what it is!

    If Hillary accepts the position, I'm sure she will do great at it. If she doesn't, she's a great senator.

    Everyone needs to stop the drama!

    November 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Dilligaf

    Bill would be a tremendous to her! He's very good at foreign affairs. What a despicable couple to have travelling the world representing our country.

    November 17, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Val from Philadelphia

    Bill will do and say anything to make his wife busier and get her out of the country more often.
    I like Hillary, but this administration needs new life.
    The Clintons are the past. And they have too many skeletons and too much closet space.

    November 17, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. anti palin pro women

    --i'm an obama fan,
    but i'm sorry i just DON't trust Bill Clinton since,monica-

    November 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. MR G

    Wake up America, we have to talk to all country's to resolve issues and some of these are Muslim / Islamic lead. The Muslim's don't have much regard for women in their culture. Will they give the time of day to a women Secretary of State?

    November 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. jeff in seattle

    Why not choose someone that actually has foreign policy experience? Entertaining the wives of heads of state does not qualify you to be Secretary of State. Hillary spent a lot of effort exaggerating her experience in foreign affairs. Remember the sniper incident? But the truth is that she really has little to none. She would be better suited as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    November 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Mary

    Here we go again bashing Hillary. This woman is so intelligent and great that even common non-government people are scared of her

    November 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. just a thought

    there have been so much hate and lies during this election, it's hard to know who can be trusted, let's just hope whom ever is chosen will be honest and sincere and have all america's best interest at heart.

    November 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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