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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    I don't want her to be bo's servant. She should stay in the senate. They need people like her who work across the isle and actually get stuff done.

    November 20, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. 60 year old white catholic woman for obama

    hillary clinton is a smart hard working dedicated woman who will be great in what ever position barack and she decide on. he is going to be the best president this country has had in a long time. we've had a few this century ie FDR, JFK, WJC and he will join their ranks. i see hope in this country again, something that has been missing these last 7 1/2 years. the world awaits his and her decision and i am so very proud of them and us again. i will be going to DC for the inauguration to see history happen so i can say "we were there". thank God the long nightmare is almost over.

    November 20, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. echeweozo


    November 20, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Mary from Sarasota FL

    I wish the people on the posts who think Hillary could take Senator Reid's place as the Senate Leader would check the rules.
    She is just a Junior Senator. A sophomore in the Senate with no real pull ... She works at the pleasure of the senior senators...
    She would have a whole LOT more pull if she becomes the SOS.
    and the rest of you people who hate HIllary Clinton and the Clintons per se: PLEASE either Get OVER IT or stop whining about it.

    November 20, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Chris from Frisco TX

    For God sakes, you Republicans, we Democrats have had to swallow your and Bushes failed policies for eight years. Do you have your heads in the sand? Do you not watch the news? Do you never read? One would think so from your comments. Obama will pick the best of the best for the positions in his cabinet. Hillary will do well no matter where she is. She wants our country to succeed and become the most admired country in the world once again. So does Obama. The mess they will take over may not be fixable, no thanks to G.W. Bush.

    November 20, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Meka

    How about "Interim President", starting immediately. Bush is still pushing for another Free Trade Bill. Also, Bush has pledged to Veto "Extending Unemployment Benefits". He has put the knife in America . . . and now 'laughs', as he Turns the Knife!

    November 20, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Dixie AZ

    All the positive attention must have put a smile back on Hillary's face. I hope she goes for sos. That office would keep her in the spot light, rather than a contrived position in the Senate.

    November 20, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Monique ,Fl

    I think she just doesnt want to serve under Obama so she can run against him in 2012 but that want help our economy. We need 16 yrs of Dems to put this country back on track; 2 terms for President Obama and 2 for Hillary. We will have the healthcare reform in this term, was she paying attention to what was being express to the American people by her formal rival. I say get over yourself , step up to the plate and lets do what is right for all Americans.If he didnt think she was best qualified for the position, why would her consider her? She doesnt want the position because she is a sore looser just like John McCain.

    November 20, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. RealityKing

    Plan B..

    November 20, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Mello in New Mexico

    As great a position as Secretary of State is, I believe that Mrs. Clinton could do a lot more good for NY as well as for the Country, in the Senate.

    November 20, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. ED

    Hillary as Secretary of State? That is a laugh!!! She is a selfish single minded person, along with her infedel husaband Bill! We as a Nation need to move on, we do not need two Presidents, for that is what she would try to be! Both the Congress and the Senate need to wake up! They both need to stop helping the Corprate greed, and focus on those who really are hurting, do they greed! The American taxpayers!


    November 20, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Looking for Truth

    Hello. I used to be Rick but a far left leaning fellow has taken that name and i don't want to confused with him. I am not far right but more right middle. Just so some of you clowns would know. Especially Peter (CA) the biggest clown of all. So thanks for reading the truth

    November 20, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Where is the change?

    I thought Obama was the agent for change. Looks like I may have wasted my vote because he is trying to bring in a "same old, same old" Clinton retread administration. Hillary most likely won't take the SOS job because it might hurt her chances to take over the big chair in 2012. She had a scare when it looked like Sarah Palin might eclipse her as potentially the most powerful woman in the world.
    Hillary is about Hillary and how she can maximize her power and wealth. The SOS gig might taint her if things go bad and Barack has to ditch her for commenting on presidential matters if and when she tries to act like she's the president.

    C'mon Barack, don't taint your potential legacy by bringing in the same hagged out politicians that brought us into this deep dark economic abyss.

    November 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. The Patriot

    Hillary is one of the strongest politicians I have every had the opportunity to observe. She should have been the POTUS, however due to our sexist, biased society (media is mostly to blame for this one), we are stuck w/ BO. However, he would do well to appoint her to SOS. That way, people can see her in action, even those self hating women out there, and if BO fails, she can run again.

    November 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Anna, ATL

    If they were cowtowing they would have made the nominee!
    She is worth her service and THEY ALL KNOW IT!

    We need a strong, resilient person as SOS and Hillary is Obama's best candidate.

    Or didn't anyone catch the charming Al-Queda commentary last night concerning our recent election?????
    Pretty Ugly Bigoted Stuff.
    Al-Queda HATES non-Muslim Everybody-Liberals too!
    Yes, they kill Jews, random civilians and US soldiers but they torture and humiliate Western journalists (before they kill them!)

    Hillary for SOS.

    November 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Maggie from Virginia

    Hillary is great, but I want Bill Richardson as SOS.

    November 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Pete

    They live in a disfuntional house.

    November 20, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Rodney Foushee

    What substantive qualifications does Hillary have to advise and implement U.S. foreign policy? Her appointment would be a cruel joke on America.

    November 20, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. RealityKing

    3/4's of Obama's cabinet is already old dog Clintonians.., might as well bring them back too. Defacto co-presidents, which includes Bill of course. Before acting on any of Obama's agenda, we'll look to the Clintons for their nodes of approval..

    November 20, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Tom

    She'd be good as secretary of state.
    She's a good senator.

    She'd be an excellent addition to Obama's staff, no matter if she's secretary of state or secretary of another department. She's intelligent, independent, witty, politically savvy. Goodness knows that we haven't had that since General Powell left (which was a very good decision on his part - being attached to the Bushies isn't something I'd applaud on a resume).

    We've got a chance for the first time in 8 years to see America be the America we want her to be. It'll take longer than 4 years to undo all the damage the Bushies did, it might even take longer given the extent of the damage both at home and abroad, but we've got a new president who has brains, ability and the opportunity to make America great again. It's definitely the dawn a better time in America than we've had in a long time.

    November 20, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Clinton Supporter

    I hope she takes the Secretary of State position. Health care now has the status of the Holy Grail, thanks to Americans who thought voting for George Bush a second time around was smart.

    You wanted it, people, and you got it. Too bad the rest of us have had to live with it.

    As Secretary of State, Clinton will have a chance to accomplish things. She is respected, revered and beloved around the world, for those of you who take pleasure in calling her stupid, hate-filled names.

    You all sure like a bunch of misogynist jerks right about now!

    November 20, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. CT

    Funny that everyone says give him a chance. He is already being given chances and will be given plenty more. Everytime he makes a decision he has a chance to show his judgement and direction.

    His VP choice was a chance.
    His COS was a chance.
    His GA choice is a chance.
    His SOS choice is a chance.

    Just because he is not yet in officially in office, does not mean he isn't given a chance to show his judgement.

    November 20, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Ron of Baltimore

    Hey, this nation's character, its brand, and its reputation is in severe need of repair after the past eight years. We all know it, all sides.

    The world is showing strong support for Obama. They have always demonstrated strong support for Hillary. She is a tough and articulate fighter, arguably the "second best in the land" having garnered over 18 million votes in the election. Obama is looking for the best available, and he deserves those people. Hillary is certainly our best choice.

    November 20, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Mohsen Emami

    In my humble opinion, Hilary Clinton is a brilliant politician, articulate and a Washington insider who would be an excellent choice for any public position that is offered to her. As a former first lady, she was quite involved with her husband's foreign policy decisions.

    November 20, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Same Old

    The same old Washington insiders, Biden, Daschle, Holder, Richardson, Clinton and the organized labor, and there is no real change. Michelle Robinson Obama would make a better president, and commander-in-chief.

    November 20, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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