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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/17/art.billc.ap.jpg 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. Pete Collins

    Inviting those people into his administration is a huge mistake that will slow down the change America voted for. We heard the Republican attacks and arguments for two years and voted against them. The Republican LOST the election, and in a lopsided fashion. They need to act like that is so and stop preparing to say "no" to what America has resoundingly said "YES" to. Obama doesn't need his political enemies inside his administration and he doesn't need to ask their permission to do what American has told him we want done.

    November 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. ramus

    Hire her and fire her in right after the election in 2012 when she won't be in a position to hurt anyone!

    November 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Robert The Man

    This is news?

    November 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Alauda

    People remember Hillary's phony story about being
    under fire , when landing at Bosnia. How can we trust
    her poor judgement and lies? Bill Richardson has diplomatic
    experience. We need to spend more time paying attention
    to South America. Latin America & South America were
    neglected by Colin Powell and Condi Rice, the Bush
    Secretary of States.

    November 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. ch

    August 26, 2008 the Democratic Party gave Chelsea a prime spot on CNN coverage for the media world yet Former President Carter did not have any impotant coverage time!!!!!!!!! Bridget
    ---------------------------

    Bridget – Carter was a one term president who brought down the whole party with his failures.

    Bill Clinton was a two term successful president who lifted the whole party UP.

    That's the difference.

    November 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. GT

    I think that she would be fantastic. She has the diplomacy, the tenacity and the medication skills to be a great Secretary of State.

    November 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Salt

    @ Clinton Fringer
    MY question is………..do you think all of the young troops and their familes have realized their "obama will bring my baby home" vote was wasted?

    --------------------------------
    Joining the armed forces is signing up for a job. It is a job that entails being sent occasionally to fight for your country. I didn't study art for years in college because I thought I'd just sit at a desk and never be asked to create anything.

    I support our troops and everything but you must be seriously diluted if you think so many people would have voted for him just to bring everyone home. He wants to end an unnecessary war and he has never hid the fact that he was for finishing the job that our current lame duck could never finish in the 2 terms he had in office.

    November 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. echeweozo

    Bill and his wife hillary helped obama won the election,OK,you helped him for your own intrest or for the country intrest?

    November 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. John

    This is an opportunist couple, selfiish, egoistic and power greedy. B Clinton foreign consulting fee will benefit greatly. He is pushing for her, sure, to benefit his bank accounts. What experience? A first lady having tea with foreign leaders and dodge bullies? So now she can dangle her jewelries again? Bill Richarson, Bill Richarson!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. bull

    Clinton needs to stay in the senate where she is most at home. The people of NY and the rest of the US would be better served by her continurd fighting for the everyday american people not the elite of washington.

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. TINA/CHICAGO

    I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD NOT CONSIDER HILLARY FOR THE POSITION. REMEMBER SHE SHOWED PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST HOW SHE CAN'T BE TRUSTED. WHY WOULD HE PICK HER-SHE WOULD STILL TRY TO OVER POWER HIM IN ANY WAY SHE COULD. I THINK BILL RICHARDSON WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE.

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Jonas

    OBAMA owes nothing to the CLINTONs. The president-elect should
    show some spine by resisting the pressure and turn the page on the
    self centered former president and his wife.

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Soft Republican converted to Heavy Democrat 08

    CNN is saying that even though obama and hillary had a long fought battle, Obama still respects hillary, Obama wants people like hillary to oppose him to keep him on his feet. Unlike George Bush who had nothing but yes men in his cabinet, when you look at it this way, it makes perfect sesnse. Abraham Lincoln who I consider to be one of the greatest presidents did the same thing.

    November 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Nobama bin Biden

    Wow – SOME change Democraps. Re-hire all the Clinton era cronies, and return favors to Chicago cronies. Yep, that is some change alright. You poor suckers better get ready for the f'd up policies of the next four years. You thought Bush and republicans were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

    November 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Kathy in Florida

    Hillary Clinton would do an excellent job as Secretary of State.

    November 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I think she would make an excellent Sec. of State. She has the experience and has met with many foreign leaders in the past. Obama will need all the help he can get and utilizing her and other experienced people would be very smart of him.

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. wezeeg

    Is that the sound of fingernails scraping down the blackboard? Oh, no, it's Mr. Bill.

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. bob

    Enough with this crap!

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Simmy

    Clinton will be fine. She's very intelligent!

    November 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. ken

    Obama is the next President and makes independent decision and should be treated rightfully so!

    November 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. abg

    There has never been a candidate for Secretary of State who had 18,000,000 people vote for them for President.

    Hillary Clinton deserves the job.

    I hope President-elect Obama offered it to her.

    November 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    Cindy from NC I agree all the way with you. I think Hillary would have done so much better with out Bill on the stump for her. They talk about Joe Biden running his mouth and talking too much, well I think they need to give that to Bill, hr over speaks and shows his hands.

    But I do like Hillary but if she isn't offer the job I wont be mad.

    November 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Pablo R

    Clinton and Richardson are very good options for Secretary of State. I just don't like Kerry in that position.

    November 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. joan

    President elect Obama, Please do not yield to the greedy power brokers. She will bring you big headache, endless trouble. Bill Richarson is a solid man.

    November 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Duane in Philly

    Why so much Bill Clinton hatred? I guess people are so bitter about the past 8 years that they've forgotten about the economic growth and stability of the Clinton years.

    As to the SOS, I agree with Bill. Hillary would be great.

    November 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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