November 20th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
12 years ago

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. Tom in Delaware

    Wouldn't it be nice if the Obama camp came out and confirmed any of CNN's speculative reporting.

    Try just reporting the news instead of printing rumors.

    November 20, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Caleb

    Doug... You think Bush is bad right now... but after one term of Obama... God help us.

    November 20, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Nancy in NC

    Hillary is about as qualified to be Secretary of State as I am. The media started the big "Hillary is a big SOS choice". She makes me sick. I hope she stays in NY so she can't affect the rest of the country. Obama is crazy if he chooses her for a major role-although,knowing her, she has probably threatened him into choosing her.

    November 20, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Ann

    This new job offer seems so phony. On her losing the candidate position Reid said she would get no special treatment on her return to the Senate just like everyone else. The Kennedy surrogates ridiculed and put down her request to chair a new committee about health just about a week ago. Now all these offers – are they afraid that Hillary will taint poor Obama and all of a sudden he needs to be protected from her and they will try and woo her to keep her in the Senate away from him? Seems Daschle has gotten himself some nice plum position as head of HHS and will be working with Kennedy – two of Obama's largest backers – so why is Hillary's opinion on health so important now when it wasn't last week? If I was a conspiracy theorist I would say the good old boy's network seem to want to make the show all about Obama and will do just about anything to keep "that woman" in her place and out of the way of him. The more promises of change, the more things stay the same....

    November 20, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. vic nashville,Tn

    Seem like honeymoon is over in democratic party
    Hillary is more qualified person for Secretary of state
    She don’t need to work under Obama administration because she has a bright future

    November 20, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. happy thanksgiving

    choose wisley obama. what's going on with dick cheney??

    November 20, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Don

    Harry Reid and Barney Franks are responsible for part of the mess in the housing industry now. Just what we need another politican running off at the mouth. Hey Harry, your smoking again, you got to stop it.

    November 20, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    How much of all of this just media wanting to fill air space?? How much of this is Republican sour grapes? How much is the media fascination with the Clintons?

    Just because a person worked in the Clinton administration doesn't mean they have sold their minds, hearts and souls to them. The people who were affiliated with Clinton administration are mainly people who supported Pres. Elect Obama over Clinton in the primaries...thus they are more Obamanites than Clintonites.

    Best people for the jobs to get us out of the mess should be the only criteria...period.

    November 20, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. JD

    Wake up America. She has been trying to run the country for years. Her healthcare plan is a disaster. She still wants to give healthcare to everyone but does not realize someone has to pay for it. Smooth move there New York for allowing her and slick Willie ever move there to begin with. And just think of all those months of smiling at the camera and saying "what aspirations are you talking about, me running for President" knowing all along behind the doors she is planning her strategy for her run at the presidency.

    November 20, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Don

    And you don't think for a minute that her corrupt husband has any influence on her? Don't think that he is not schooling her but then he probably has to wear a football helment around the house to protect himself from the flying ashtrays.

    November 20, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. plastic heart

    To: Mary from Sarasota FL,

    What about Obama? He has less experience than Clinton, but he will be our president. Your argument is pointless. Please educate yourself.

    November 20, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. CanIcallyouJoe

    The only option I support Hilary Clinton taking is going back home and shutting up. Not because she's a woman, but because she's a liar, a cheater and she is only out for more personal power.

    November 20, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. TrueIndependent

    Those on this site who believe things have been less than disastrous under the Bush years scare me. They belong to the 17% who approve of Bush, which leaves me to believe they have made millions in defence contracts or they have not lived in this country for the last 7 years.

    Republicans are really jealous of the Democrats and are envious of the history they know will be made when this young man with a foreign name, cleans up the mess of the GOP years and sets our country once again, on the path of greatness.

    November 20, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. lucinOH

    Truly sad to see so many pessimists. I'm glad to know that all of you have secure jobs and excellent health care. If you think Obama will make the country worse off than Bush, you are one of the richest 1%, congratulations. If you think Obama is going to pick people who have no experience in the White House to be members of his cabinet, then you are beyond help. If you complain he has too many people from the Clinton administration, then you are very new to politics. The only Democratic president in the past 20 years has been Clinton so get over it ok? A lot of us have put up with 8 years of an inept president yet you are complaing about Obama before he even takes office. If you have nothing good to say about the country starting 1/20/08 when Obama will actually be president, then close your eyes, put your finger on a map and leave.
    CNN quit moderating, I am only speaking the truth.

    November 20, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. plastic heart

    TO: Artrina

    I agree with you. It is funny how negative people in this world is.
    Hate HRC!
    Hate Bush!
    Hate Obama!

    But what they must hate is their own ignorance.

    November 20, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Larry Coury ( Houston, Texas )

    Hillary is the best person EVER for the Job of Secretary of State.
    She's been all over the world, and world leaders respect her. She would be the one to repair what the last 8 years have done to us on an international level. Other countries absolutely Hate us !
    all because of the "Bush" policies !! And Condeleza Rice is nothing but a "Yes" person, not to mention Bushe's "puppett"

    Larry Coury
    Houston Texas

    November 20, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. ProgressiveChange

    CNN please do not report unamed sources at all.
    If you are reporting News wait till the Obama staff makes official to the Press what and who has been choosen.

    Your speculating and thats not good journalism .

    Your projecting information thats not been confirmed by the Obama Staff Transition team Publically.

    I know you want to fill your pages but do it with real news not speculative stories from unknown sources .

    Hillary Clinton will do whatever she wants .

    I would like Bill Richardson for Dept of Energy with a focus on Alternative energy i.e. Non-Nuclear Water based atom plants instead of Nuclear ,Wind Mills power,Water mill power ,Solar Electric and Solar Heat ,and cars that run on Electric ,air and water based engines.

    Remember Obama will be President and the final decisions will be his .

    November 20, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Bill Clinton

    Do they know something we don't?

    November 20, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Barb

    Actually, I hope she does not take it. She is starting to piss me off again, its alway drama when the Clintons are involved. At least Obama offered it to her. If she says no, then he will give it to his second choice and no one can ever say, she campaigned for him and he did not even offer her a position.

    November 20, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. jrzshor

    has any sec of state gone on to anything other than oblivion?

    November 20, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. bill from pa

    I thought we were done listening to all of the clinton melodrama. If i wanted to watch a soap opera I would've turned on the tv. God I wish these people would vanish into obscurity

    November 20, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Jay

    Make her SoS, stay a Senator, Helath care guru, ANYTHING but an appointment to ANY court.

    November 20, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. setys

    Congratulations to President -elect Obama for your choices so far for the cabinet. Don't listen to those critics who keep hammering on you not choosing new faces for your nominations, choose the right people that are experienced whether new face or old face.

    We all looking forward to your success for the next eight years.

    The change is about policies not faces. Those who criticized you just want you to choose new faces that are not experience so that you will fail.

    You always made the right decisions, don't listen to senseless criticism.

    God bless President elect Obama, Vice President Biden, their Family, staff, and America.

    November 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Jay

    not a defense contractor making millions, but a lowly public servant who for years has seen what liberal policies can do to an education system.

    November 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Helene

    I want change, not Clinton.

    November 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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