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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    This was a Clinton tactical move to get what she wants, until she can run again in 2012, claiming either experience as Secty of State or leading the charge in Health Care reform in the Senate. Either way she will used one of these two items to bolster up her chances for running and winning in 2012.

    Hillary and Bill are two very cunning people and believe me, this whole thing has some serious power move motives behind it.

    November 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. cho wanki d from Cameroon

    Hilary is enthusiastic and bustling with energy to serve the nation I'm convinced, in all capacities. It's no longer about power. She fought hard for Obama to make it and could be instrumental in his ahieving his agenda that really needs not only big but also experienced heads. Patriotic as she and Mr. Cinton are, I believe her contibution will be enormous especially if she realy shows a zeal for it.

    November 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. pol

    Did you forget what this woman is about? So quickly...
    NO CLINTON(s)!!

    November 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    Every time someone bashes the Clintons, they bring up old business deals or resort to Monica. I thought after 8 years of this last group even die hard Republican would think what the Clintons are even accused of doing seems like small potatoes.
    Ken Starr spent millions of taxpayer dollars, and in the end with no judicial or financial restrictions only came up with Monica.

    Hillary will not use the SOS office for her own agenda. Has there ever been anyone this intelligent who so totally supported others. I like her hard work, and doing the right thing.

    This would unite the democratic party, and we will have a competent person in place to clean up after the Bush/Cheney debacle,

    November 20, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. ABG

    It better be a powerful role or she should kiss the Senate good-bye!

    All those Dems who asked Hillary to campaign for them must come up with a better job than junior Senator if they really want her to stay.

    Hillary deserves the best position possible after all the fundraising and campaigning she has done for Democrats in the House and Senate.

    November 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Dianne

    The Change Is There
    We elected Obama to be President. The change is that President Elect Obama will be IN CHARGE. Bill Clinton will not be the President. President Elect Obama will dictate how he wants business carried on. All of the people he has chosen are well educated and very intelligent. He has surrounded himself with people who have the ability to bring in new information. President Elect Obama seem to like people who will challenge--not merely agree for fear of offending someone. This man is VERY INTELLIGENT.

    November 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Dave

    The battle for Hillary is on! So where can she do the most damage....hmmmm let's see..........

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Bill

    A question was asked...has any Secretary of State gone on to something other than oblivion? The answer is yes. Thomas Jefferson was the nations first Secretary of State...he became the nations third President and his face adorns Mt. Rushmore!!

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Adriana

    I believe most of the media spin about Hillary Clinton and the Secretary of State position has been promoted by the old croonies of the Clintons! They were CONSTANTLY on every media outlet during the primary election, pushing the envelope for her. And now, they are doing the same thing all over again - every day and night they are on CNN, MSNBC, pushing hard for her to get the job! And Bill Clinton certainly had HIS OWN AGENDA against Obama in the primary! I hope the Obama Team won't fall for Bill Clinton's "willingness" to become transparent! It will be a pseudo transparency, because he is a person who will NEVER fully disclose ANYTHING about himself, personal, political or otherwise! He is narcisstic plain and simple! He is ONLY looking out for himself! ONLY if there is something in this deal for Bill Clinton, will he put his seal on it! He cannot be HONEST about anything! Barack Obama doesn't owe the Clintons one single favor! In fact, the BEST Obama can do for himself is to STAY FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THE CLINTONS!! I VOTED FOR ONE PRESIDENT! I CERTAINLY DON'T CARE TO HAVE THREE!! Keep Hillary Clinton in the Senate! That's where she belongs!!

    November 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. gl, Pittsburgh

    Change is Policy not people. Obama hasn't even been given a chance yet so please let him pick his team he will be in charge. Obama will be running things not the people he select. Change comes in all forms.

    November 20, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. ken

    It's sad that obama was elected out of hatred for the current president rather than his record...Most jobs during the interview asks for your past accomplishments..... i'm still waiting on obama's accomplishments other than making a website... obama is marketable and was marketed and he won.... someone tell me how many obama supporters own mac's? weak minds fall hard to smooth words

    November 20, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sandy November 20th, 2008 11:27 am ET

    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.

    THESE IS THE MIND RECEIVE PE Obama didn't pick Hilliary for VP – just too much drama and he couldn't afford that time of drama during the general election. I would withdraft and make the offer to
    Bill Richardson enough said.

    November 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. ME IN FL

    HIllary will do a good job in any position, because she is intelligent, experience and hard working and puts her party and her country first!!

    It is sad to see that many people regret giving the vote to Obama just because he is surrounding himself with cabinet members from the Clinton administration. Obama is an intelligent man, who is picking his cabinet according to experience and knowledge. These people have gone through the aftermath of Bush Sr's administration. So they are the ones that are qualified to lead us out of the economic mess that Bush Jr is leaving us with, thanks to the people that not only voted once but twice for Bush and even voted for McSame!!

    When Obama said "Change" it meant in policies, economic, healthcare, enviromental, etc....... Do you really think he was going to put people with no experience??? See what no experience has costs us the last 8 yrs.

    November 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. greenfun

    Hillary Clinton-proven record of real problem solving capabilities, solid track record of accomplishment, remarkable intellect, incredible work ethic. ......................and we have a an Obama POTUS. What a nightmare.

    November 20, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Silence Dogood

    To all the sexist Hillary haters: That was just for the primaries. Obama doesn't need your hate any more so you can turn it off. Now you are commanded to like her. You will obey.

    Plus Hillary is a great experienced person – he needs that.

    November 20, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    Rachel – I have read alot of your comments. You don't like Obama and that's fine. Rachel nobody care right about now either about your ill feeling regarding Obama. So go read a book and stop your negative comments. Obama is the President so get use to it until 2016. Hilliary days are number and husband is her biggest down fall.

    November 20, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Debby

    Well she deserves a good position and it seems the Clintons are still in power today by Obama's cabinet picks, which I have to say are very good because I don't believe Obama has a clue where to take this country with his own decision making.

    November 20, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Chipster

    "Did you forget what this woman is about?"

    No, I haven't forgotten. She's still about the same things she has been "about" for decades: opportunity, education, health care, justice. She has worked tirelessly and maintained her focus on improving the lives of American families and children despite the accusations, sniping, cattiness and just plain meanness in politics. She's been blamed for her husband's misbehavior, faulted for actually forgiving him and putting her family before her pride, and accused of (Oh my!) ambition!

    Still, she moves forward, trying to make the country a better place for future generations. In a time when young girls get Brittany and Paris, they can use a role model like Sen. Clinton.

    November 20, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Don

    Thank you Mark for telling it like it is. She would sell her soul to the devil for a political position. New Yorkers should be ashamed for letting her and slick Willie move there to begin with let alone elect her to the Senate. Now I know why I do not ever want to vacation in NY.

    November 20, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary Clinton should have been elected President and would have been elected president had the media not committed "media malpractice" by it's digusting and insulting male-centric sexist put-downs said over and over with impunity. I don't know why Obama is gloating he did not win fair and square, at all. 225 years and still no female President. Talk about oppression and discrimination.

    November 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    With all the hype over this it might be a blessing in disguise if she found something better to do in the Senate. I blame the media for screwing this up. The media has a habit lately of trashing everything that is going on with the new Obama Administration. I think Colin Powell would have been a better choice (doubtful if he would take it) or Sen. John Kerry.

    November 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. N.A

    This is becoming too much of media circus and rating, now that the election is over, the media found new topic oh yeah let's bash more Hillary and Bill Clinton as soon as their name gets mentioned, most of you Obama supporters you were wishing for a Bill Clinton 3rd run, whether you like it or hate it Bill and Hillary have done so much for this country. not everybody hates them like all these puppets in the media claim. so my opinion is: Obama and i respect him and voted for him gracially ask her for the job as a way to unite the democratic party but you Obama supporters you can't help but get angry at her of course with the help of the media. so i wish that Hillary doesn't take the job otherwise you will be blaming the clintons for everything that goes wrong with Obama's administration.

    November 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Makes Me Want To Holler

    A very large part of me wonders how Clinton, who quite possible has the most overinflated resume in the history of politics, would be of any positive service to the Obama Administration as SOS. A small part of me says trust Obama's judgement, which is the reason why I voted for him. Is this a case of keep your friends close (Daschle, Holder) and your enemies closer (Clinton)?

    November 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. karen

    Please no Barack cabinet post. PLEASE

    November 20, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Scott NYC Independent

    Stay in the senate Hillary – learn how to function without the drama queen, primo Donna act, then try again.

    November 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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