November 20th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
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Senate offers Clinton new options

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Senate leadership is considering a new role for Sen. Hillary Clinton should she decide to remain in the Senate and not accept the rumored offer of a position in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, a Democratic official told CNN Wednesday.

CNN reported last week that Clinton and Obama met to discuss the possibility of Clinton, Obama's chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, serving as secretary of state. Multiple sources told CNN that Clinton left the meeting with the impression that the job was hers if she wanted it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motivation for considering a new role for Clinton at this time was unclear, although multiple Democratic sources said Clinton made it known to the leadership prior to her meeting with Obama that she wanted a new role.

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  1. Sherry

    My money is on her not accepting the Secretary of State position.

    November 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. GA for Obama

    Irene- "best preesidents ever"

    What are you smoking? Please. GWB is THE worst president with a 24% approval rating and will get even worse as a president over history b/c of his new loopholes/blunders in office along with the potential pardoning of Ted Stevens.

    "The young people of today, have no values, no knowledge of the world, the way it used to be and its very sad. Obama is a joke, change, "

    Actually, the young people are THE MOST informed..they don't get their info from radio talk shows but have a vast resource of knowledge. And I'm sure they're values are one of the best as they don't think GWB is 'the best president.' Btw, Obama being a joke is the MOST ridiculous thing I've heard.

    November 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. w.l. jones

    The deeper the water darker it get, presidents elect should not start out with an under current.

    November 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. JackH

    So much for change.

    SOS, just a different party.

    Obama's campaign HYPE is proving to be lies.

    Lobbist on staff, Clinton as Sec of State, Daschal, etc, etc.

    Looks like NO CHANGE in Washington

    November 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Michael, Houston Texas

    So why is it that all you idiots think Hillary is running in 2012? Don't you mean in 2016? There is no way she will run against a sitting President from her own party, and win. First she will be made to look bitter and hateful, which she will lose the majority support. She could try as an independent, but that would not work. Do you know how many people will show up just to make sure she doesn't win? More than what we saw this year. I think she will accept the SOS, Bill will be appointed Interim Senator of New York, everyone will be happy and all will be well.

    November 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. JackH


    I like my 401K statements from 2000 to 2006.

    Then in mid 2006, after DEMS took over Congress and Senate, I don't like my 401K statements.

    Now, there's a pattern.

    November 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Sara from Arizona

    NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Veronica Richmond, VA.

    More Clinton drama, I was hopeing Obama would keep the Clintons @ bay. I didn't vote for Hillary because she was a liar, make her SOS, there's no telling what she may do to get a 7 million dollar pay to betray our country. Did you all forget, she still owes $7 million dollars from her campaign. If Obama is as smart as I think he is, he will not offer Hillary SOS or any other job. JMO

    November 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Hillary Wins, What A Shame

    The whole conversation for 4 years will be about Hillary. I have faith in Barack, but I hope he knows what he's doing. Hillary Clinton is the most selfish person on the planet and she won't change. She'll trash Barack's administration just as she trashed the primaries. She is a burn and scorch, spoiled, sour grapes kind of person and the Cabinet will have the stench of the Clintons from day one.

    I hope Barack comes to his senses and starts his administration without this snake coiling around his ankles. With such high hopes for his administration, I hope it's not over before it starts. What a waste.

    November 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Barackery

    This queen bee won't stop until she has sucked the life out of the "change" administration. Too bad, there were such high hopes for Barack.

    First of all, she has not been properly vetted. Her husband is a pariah, and she lies. Oh yeah, did we forget that little part–she lies.

    Four more years of drama, drama, drama. By the end of the 4 years I'm going to really hate her.

    Still for Barack, can't stand Hillary.

    November 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. JJ in NY

    Lipstick on this pig is still a pig, and wasted lipstick .

    November 20, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. ZSB

    We would not have a cabinet stacked with more Clinton’s people even if Hillary Clinton was elected as a President. What a great tribute to Clinton years and what a lack of any change Obama promised. So, what’s the difference Mr. Obama, elect one more Clinton to your administration, since you for sure know that Hillary Clinton is the most able, qualified, competent, trustworthy, best prepared and far better candidate for any position including yours. Hillary Clinton would be superb SOS just by having inherent sense of duty, devotion, capability, and sheer love for our country. But, I think she should not accept the position, because the only position she deserved and fought for was taken away from her. And to think that Bill Richardson would be even considered for SOS is ludicrous. If he was able to betray Clintons as he did to protect his own interests he might betray down the road our country the same way.

    November 20, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Barackery

    Miss Center of Attention makes me sick. She couldn't win fairly so she has to suck Barack's administration dry.

    She stole White House furniture and she lies. Is this really what we want?

    Hillary will stink up the place. Sad, sad day.

    November 20, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. JJ in NY

    As a life long new yorker, hillary is a complete and total failure in the Empire State senate. All talk and very little action . Perhaps she would have done better in Arkansas .

    November 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Texas Trail Kitty

    Hillary won't accept as she is hoping to run for president again. I wish her luck whatever her decision is and I hope a 'no' from her isn't because she doesn't want to work for Obama. Remember Hillary, the people who might vote for you are watching. As for the Republicans who keep posting here – why don't you post to a Limbaugh blog or something? We need serious thought here, not sarcastic biggots who can't stand it that a black man is THE BOSS for the next four years.

    November 20, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. MikenMississippi

    Hillary should have been people need to wake up and quit jabbering about how bad she is...educate yourself about her by reading her books and the great things that she has who mock and hate are ignorant people..educate yourselves!

    November 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. I Hate Hillary

    She'd had better not mess things up for Barack. She's a selfish, selfish woman who doesn't deserve to be on anybody's cabinet. She's not smart, she's manipulative. There's a difference.

    There's also a difference between her and Sarah. Sarah didn't know she was a drag for John McCain, Hillary does know she's a drag for Barack. She should just decline and go back to the Senate, where there are more vipers just like her.

    November 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. G

    I never trusted her and niether should Obama. First he offers her the job and than it is leak to the media I wonder whose people leak that out? NOT! And now she is not sure she wants the job after she indicated that she did want it. Why are they bending over backwards for her and creating a fake leadership role. She doesn't deserve it she and her people did nothing but undermind Obama throughout the campaign. Why should she get any special treatment? If she accepts the job than fine what else can be done. But she only has loyalty to herself and her big ego along with her husband a man I once respected. Obama should be careful and nominate people who will not undermine him and his message.

    November 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Charlene, Republican for Obama

    Oh no...I thought we were through with her. I do not trust her, she lies and the country has had too much of the Clintons. What are you thinking Mr. Obama?

    November 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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