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. Truth Hurts

    I think Hilary will work out better with a new role in the Senate. Her expertise is there!! But it was nice for Obama to offer or consider her the position.

    November 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    Don't you Change freaks know by now that you've been duped?

    Obama and Clinton are look-alikes. Biden also voted to go into Iraq, morons. I, for one, think that Hillary's refusal to grovel before BO and "apologize" for a vote when he wasn't even in the Senate at the time. Bushed LIED, senators voted yes because Presidents usually don't have the nerve to LIE in public. If you want a pound of flesh, why didn't you all complain about BUSH instead of senators who took him and Colin Powell at their word?

    Bush is out, and BO's new best friend is Powell – a bought and paid for liar. Explain that.

    Obama is re-forming the Clinton Administration. Hardly anybody new, and those that are have less-than-powerful cabinet posts. BO – he knows a good thing when he sees it. Clinton, Barack's nemesis, was right all along – and they did get it done, after all.

    Now, I'm happy to see Clinton people running things again. But you Change freaks must be sorely disappointed. You bought what BO had to sell. "Change."

    Will the real "liar" please stand up?

    November 20, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. tess

    is anybody as sick of this woman as i am?? what right does she think she has – her sense of entitlement is beyond arrogant!! she is the JUNIOR senator and nobody owes her anything other than the seat she has which is no better than the other 99 in the senate! if she wants to be queen – she should move to europe and try to oust some monarch there. here, she is just an ordinary citizen – uglier than most – but still ordinary!

    November 20, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Babs

    You people make me sick. When THE ONE needed the Clintons to go out there and campaign for him in order to win the election you had no problem with that. Hillary Clinton has more brains in her big toe that he has in his head. I guess you do not remember what a prosperous life you had while Bill Clinton was the president. You deserve what you all get and we will be all laughing when things get so bad and THE ONE does not have one idea on how to fix the mess. Maybe he will call the Clinton,s again to help him GET A LIFE PEOPLE – she is not running anymore – you all took care of that and if she knows what's good for her she will tell him to take is SOS job and shove it. She can do better than that.

    November 20, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. rm


    Whatever you have been smoking, please keep it away from young children. You think that George Bush will go down as one of the best presidents ever!!!! Poor thing.

    November 20, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. MD, TX

    Can't wait for Hillary to walk into the Oval Office one day and tell Obama to get out of her chair.

    November 20, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Salt

    Tom in Delaware November 20th, 2008 9:38 am ET

    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.


    I never thought I'd hear myself say this...but I totally agree with Tom in Delaware! There can be some unity yet!!

    November 20, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. nancy...Texas

    Here's a legitimate question for someone to answer. Why would Bill Clinton's Global Initiative, international contributions to his foundation, etc. be more of a problem if Hillary were to be SOS, rather than if she had become President? Wouldn't he have had to make changes and/or concessions for that also??

    November 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. C in TX

    I admire Hilliary - she should stay in the Senate. Why so much drama with the Clintons - All should get a life!!!

    President-elect vetting team - please get this over. We need CHANGE not DRAMA.

    November 20, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Wait...What?

    The far right has demonized this strong woman. I have yet to see one solid good reason that she is not qualified for the position. All I hear is Rush Limbaugh rhetoric.

    November 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Sandy

    I think the offer for SOS is going to be withdrawn. There is too much drama around the Clintons and that image does not fit with the new administration.

    November 20, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Hillary Who

    She sure as heck doesn't deserve to be Secretary of State while we are striving to rebuild our international image. Doesn't anyone remember her Bosnia lies, the truth being stretched on the peace accord in Ireland, her saying Iran would be "oblitheraged" if they attack Israel, her desire to return to a "cold war strategy"!!!!

    I thought America was pretty clear in the primaries when we chose Obama and again in the national election. He may owe the Clintons something even with their initial lack luster support. BUT he doesn't owe them this.

    Bill Clinton's tangled web of international business dealings and political favors owed will weigh heavily on Obama's message of change and lobbists.

    November 20, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. California Gold

    I'm not in favor of Senator Clinton serving as Secretary of State. Just too much of her saying one thing and voting the other way. Too many of her bold faced lies on the campaign trail. Her husband's involvements and quid-pro-quo finances with foreign politicians and dubious links. It is a symbolic gesture to include her in the pool of contenders, but I simply can't support her appointment as Secretary of State. Once the Clintons' finances are combed through the incredibly obvious reasons will appear. Enough said.

    November 20, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Anna, ATL


    All those who supported Barack Obama just to defeat Clinton,
    Raise Your Hands!!!

    P.S. Good Reason.

    November 20, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. JrzyMom

    You people who think it's time to 'turn the page on the Clintons and that's why I voted for Obama' are as dillusional as George Bush. Hillary is in her prime politically and she's not going anywhere. Neither is the rest of her generation – we've only just arrived!

    November 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. TJ Johnson

    There's no way Hillary can save the Obamanation from disaster. She needs to stay in the Senate to help herself.

    November 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. arc, Lugano CH

    MD, TX November 20th, 2008 11:17 am ET
    Can't wait for Hillary to walk into the Oval Office one day and tell Obama to get out of her chair.
    Forever is a long time to wait.

    November 20, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Dylan, Los Angeles

    She should stay in the Senate... especially to help with Healthcare or replace Reid as the new leader.

    November 20, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Bridget

    Whtewater Queen needs to be kept out of our government!

    November 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. ArmandPaul

    Change and Yes We Can

    No place in my Administation for lobbyists/Washington Insiders

    Together we will change Washington.

    What happened to HIS CHANGE... it looks like Veteran WJC third term Cabinet???

    Now HRC in news for Sec of State? This would of been her Cabinet.

    Is this the answer to who should handle the 3:00am Call??

    November 20, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Kari

    What, not enough Clinton peeps in the White House for Obama.

    Good job people – your Savior for CHANGE is the same 'ol story.

    Any Republican in 2012.

    November 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. don

    Hillary should stay in the Senate!!!!!!!! Yea HILL!!!!!!!!!!! You can do much more good there!!!!!!!!!!!! But do not discount a Supreme Court appointment, we need your wisdom for the rest of your life. GO HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Dianne

    Jackie--You are right! Bush and his gang screwed us royally! Now we have some one to remedy that situation-OBAMA.

    November 20, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Dianne

    To Plastic Heart
    George Bush had so called experience; look what it did for us. It is a job that who ever the American people place in that office, there is not one person who comes there experienced on their first term. Everyone who takes office is INEXPERIENCE!

    November 20, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Lisa

    For those of you that do not agree that Hillary should be the SOS, do you have a better choice? Enough Said!!

    November 20, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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