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. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    Some of you posters are a joke. No matter who Obama picks it will be a problem. I guess you guys would love to see the McShame/Palin cabinets" The Huck, and Rudy, Romey, half of the Bush regime etc.

    November 20, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Miller

    I acknowledge that traditionally, a former Secretary of State has a difficult time making a solid Presidential run, but given her campaign achievements this year and her household familiarity with average citizens, I doubt she'd be faced with the same obstacles as those in the past. Everyone already knows that she's strong on Domestic Issues, and she has the Clinton name behind her, as well.

    That said, however, I think that Hillary should take the Secretary of State role rather than being enticed back into the Senate. Eight years may as well be light years away, and I'd be surprised if she'd be able to make a viable run in 2016 regadless of her actions over the next two terms. No matter what Harry Reid promises, she will not be a ranking member of the Senate. Secretary of State is a great consolation prize, and it's her best chance of getting anywhere near the White House again.

    November 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Texas 4 Hillary!

    To: arc, Lugano CH,

    I regret voting for your candidate! The only reason I finally decided to vote was simply to put a democrat in the WH, but listening and reading all this crap, makes me hate myself for voting for Obama. But then again, my vote really didn't count–JM took Texas! But, I won't do it again that's for sure. Why do you people hate the Clinton's? Could it be because you are intimidated by their knowledge. Afterall, they do know politics!

    I doubt this will get posted. CNN has a problem posting anything I have to say.

    November 20, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. GARY


    November 20, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. trevor phillips

    If I was Hillary, I would hold out for a United States
    Supreme Court appointment.

    November 20, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Bill Charlotte,NC

    A decision about Clinton needs to be settled. This is fast becoming a sloppy circus... again, everything is all about the Clintons. To turn that page is one of the reasons I voted for Obama. I understand the process, but this needs to come to an end.

    November 20, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. SIMP


    You better be glad we have Obama another republican in office will be diaster, we would sink even further if mccain had won. all you Obama haters I bet you shut the heck up once things start to turn around under Obama's rule, which they will in time. My advice is shut the hell up now so you won't look so stupid, but maybe that's to late too.

    November 20, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. I LUV NY

    Hillary, you are needed in the Senate for the people that put you there. I am or was and maybe again a loyal supporter of yours, HOWEVER, Obama, is a big boy and he needs to show us what he can do for us. If you and the rest of the jumpers on, crowd do it for him than he is really just curtains on the window. In other words he made all these promises during the 2yr campain. Am I correct in thinking he was just a slick BS artist and now that he has the job he can't do the job. Don't be a turncoat. The time I met you in Albany, were you just using NY ers after all?

    November 20, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. scott l

    Many of you are Morons. Bohawks whole staff is ex clintons he has no ideas of his own this wont be printed because CNN is just plan bias was during primary and will be for the next 4 yrs

    November 20, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Breaking News

    You morons are like two neighbors arguing about their fence, while their houses are burning down.You should be watching C span and learning something useful.

    November 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Helen

    Please find something that will appeal to Hillary. I want her far away from the Obama Administration.

    It is a trust factor and I still don't trust the Clintons.

    November 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Aaron from Ohio

    Hillary would be an excellent choice for Secretary of State. She has already met most of the world leaders and knows exactly what the job entails. People accused her of being the co-president when Bill was in office and now claim she knows nothing about what is going on. Give us a break. The Clinton and democrat haters are just whining again because the republicans had the White House for 8 years and proved again that they were inept. They trashed the country's image and it's economy. The voters threw the republicans out of office in large numbers in 2006 and again this year. What part of "Get Out" are they having trouble with?

    November 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. CMG

    Please keep her in the Senate. Eight more years of the Clintons, I personally can not handle....

    November 20, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. jaye

    Whatever HIllary does she will do well.
    She's a smart woman and will make the right decision.

    November 20, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Robert of Long Island

    I love this post by
    TrueIndependent November 20th, 2008 9:54 am ET

    only people that are gaining from a bush administration supports him. must be rich folks or the ones making millions in contracts!
    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 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Ray Fisher

    Hillary should take Reid's job since he has been a terrible leader in the Senate and the Dems should look for a replacement for Pelosi. Our new President will require plenty of support from Congress to repair our nation and dealing with "leaders" who only give excuses is not acceptable. We need buldogs in both houses to reregulate our financial industry, repair our economy and balance our federal budget. Reid and Pelosi have a reputation for taking things off the table and allowing our nation to crumble without recourse. If America is to expect true "Change", leadership in Congress must be an integral part of the plan!!!

    November 20, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. KJL

    The Clintons are used to bending rules, but tying them in knots? Spare me.

    November 20, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Roger From Florida

    To jrzshor:

    The first Secretary of State was Thomas Jefferson. Other early SoS's include James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams, all of whom went on to be presidents.

    In the twentieth century, some notable SoS's have included William Jennings Bryan (a key figure in reforms around the turn of the century), John Foster Dulles (more bang for your buck!), Henry Kissinger, and Madeline Albright.

    I've left a couple out, but yeah, a few of them are far from obscure!

    November 20, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Terri

    How disappointing for so many Obama fans – he's picking all Washington Insiders – Vote for Change? Maybe Barbara Walters should have had Sen. Obama on her show and asked him the same question she asked Sen. McCain – "What are you going to change? You?"

    It's business as usual in Washington – Sen. Clinton for SecState and President Clinton's former picks, a lobbyist (Daschle- even though he's not registered as one), a Sen. and Democratic party insider for his Chief of Staff .....just for starters....he's filling the cabinet with party favorites and all politicians – where are the experts who actually know how to do things other than run for a political office?

    I suppose it's time to say "Gotcha" to the youth and other misguided folks who really believed Sen. Obama when he said "Vote for Change". But, I guess that they're probably not paying attention to the details – never did – that's too hard.

    November 20, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Sue

    Ah, so much anger at Obama. I remember when Hillary lost, we were all blasting Obama then too. But we saw the light, and the rest of you will too. America is not blind, nor "swindled," nor any of the other hateful words I have heard us called. It will be extremely difficult to clean up any of the messes Bush has left (and is still creating as we write,) but you can't honestly think that McCain would have fixed anything, can you? He would have bombed Iran before Feb. 1, and we would have all been under a nuclear cloud the next day. There's the change America needs!
    Hillary is not Bill. Bill is not the devil. All this vitriol because a virile man had a few blow jobs by a woman of age, and got caught. By whom? Oh, just Republican lawmakers who were doing the same things or worse, but because Dems don't call them on it, they can do one thing and get outraged by same. Did Bill err when he hedged the truth in front of the committee? Yes, but who among you would have not done the same? These things have been going on with Presidents forever (ever hear about JFK and Marilyn?) Was he impeached? Does that make it right, no, but it's life. These people are human beings. McCain cheated on his injured wife with Cindy the heiress. Did that ever come up from Dems during the campaign? Nope. Not the issue, any more than Bill Ayers was an issue, or Sam the idiot plumber.

    November 20, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. trevor phillips...conserv in WYOMING

    It seems that there is a failure for most to understand that Hillary is well-qualified to serve wherever she may be called...again, hopefully, she fills a United States Supreme Court seat...the equilibrium of the Court 's scales are not only out of balance, but today, they aren't even attached. This is where Obama's change policy need to be directed to – of our nation's NINE elite 'higher powers'!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Tasha S.

    Why did the senate do this. They should have waited to see what was going to happen to the Secretary Of State position first! Stupid Stupid Stupid!

    November 20, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. ck



    November 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. LyonsPhilly

    All the angry folks on this blog are actually the ones that voted GWB into office twice. If anything you should be upset with yourself for that choice. Now we have someone who can hopefully clean up that clown's 8 yr mess and you all are still complaining. I say all the GWB supporters follow him back to Texas and let the rest of the world be happy and live in peace.....

    November 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. ck


    Mr. Obama, with all due respect.... you were elected mainly because of your promise for change..

    Bringing Clintons and Clintonites back?


    November 20, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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