January 12th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton to stress 'smart power' at confirmation hearing

(CNN) - The Obama transition talking points for Sen. Hillary Clinton's Tuesday confirmation hearing as secretary of state say she will stress "a renewal of American leadership" and a "revitalization of diplomacy to promote our security interests and advance our values." She will be introduced tomorrow by New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer.

Talking points as relayed by a transition official follow after the jump:

–Senator Clinton is looking forward to the conversation with her colleagues. She has had the opportunity to speak with all of the committee members in the past few weeks and has appreciated the chance to discuss a range of issues. In addition to testifying, she is submitting answers to many of their questions in writing.

–We expect that she will reiterate that she and the President-elect believe that America must be smarter to be stronger. Senator Clinton believes in “smart power” – using all the tools of foreign policy that are at our disposal. She also believes, as does the President-Elect, that diplomacy must be at the forefront of US foreign policy, and that it must be balanced with military power in ways that work for the 21st century.

–Senator Clinton agrees with the President-elect that our country must be strong at home in order to be strong abroad - that our own progress depends on repairing our economy and working for shared economic growth and prosperity globally.

–The Obama Administration will pursue engaged, cooperative American global leadership consistent with our democratic values. This will mean reaching out to create stronger partnerships with our allies and working to forge new bonds around the world. It will also mean investing in our common humanity as a way to achieve greater security.

–Senator Clinton will speak about the importance of the State Department having the resources it needs to fulfill the critical demands of foreign policy in this new century and pursue the aggressive diplomacy of the Obama Administration.

–Senator Clinton will emphasize that she will actively work in cooperation with Congress on foreign policy. She will stress the importance of bipartisanship, and of decision-making that is based on a marriage of principle and pragmatism, not ideology.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Splurge

    Can't wait to watch Hillary's confirmation hearing.

    January 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. ReyMac

    It will be good to say Secretary Clinton very shortly!

    January 12, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. ryan

    Go Hillary! We are so lucky to have you as our new SOS!!!!!

    January 12, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. boered1

    all this sounds good too bad we have learned we cannot believe anything the liar hillary says!!

    Ahh well soon she will get appointed and then, when her gross incompetence becomes too much even for Obama to work around, she will get fired and we will hire Richardson to do the job he should be doing (by then the fraudulent cases brought against him will be resolved and we will be able to appoint him!)

    January 12, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Voter

    The best Barack Obama has done since he appeared on the scene two years ago was to appoint Hillary Clinton Secretary of State!

    January 12, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Shane


    January 12, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. tom

    According to Will Rodgers – diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" while you are looking for a rock.

    And I agree. Point to ONE issue that was ever resolved thru diplomacy. That's right you can't, you might delay the inevitable, but that's it....Just ask Neville Chamberlain.

    January 12, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Concerned Democrat.

    She is the best person available for Secretary of State, so she is going to do just great!

    I would have been worried if it had been John Kerry......thank goodness President Elect Obama had the wisdom to skip Kerry and Richardson.

    January 12, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Promise

    We'll see how she and Obama handle the Palestinian crisis, since it will be a first test of their promise to renew America's standing in the world.

    Being so pro-Israel, I hope they will promise a more balanced foreign policy that addresses the Palestinians' grievances as well as Israel's security concerns.

    January 12, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Patriot

    The most transparent thing about Hilary Clinton is that she will 'talk tough'; but will surrender in a heart beat, when confronted by man-power. lol

    January 12, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Charles Atlanta

    Usually United States has strong economic power in companion with military power to achieve deplomatic solutions. Not anymore.. The role of Secretary of State is going to be harder. But I think she will be doing great with the help of Bill that he still has many friends around the world.

    January 12, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Thoughful.

    I'm not a Hillary fan so I'll just have to wait and see. She tends to polarize and lie to get her way. Not trustworthy or honest at all. I wish the country well. So I pray that she does well.

    January 12, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Mark Hammill

    So, she is basically going to be a liberal ideologue. Big surprise. I'm sure she'll have some tall tales to tell when all is said and done. I can't wait to hear about how she was attacked by flying snakes while boarding a plane in Toronto.

    January 12, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Lesley

    I agree here with Promise. I have confidence that Obama can see both sides but I'm not sure about Clinton. Hopefully she will take his lead and enforce his policies.

    January 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Karen, New York

    Hillary Clinton will do what Condi Rice never could - she will make sense of what we are doing because it's going to finally actually be logical and not impulse driven. Rice is an academic and should be back at her university. This is not her bailiwick. It is Clinton's. Hillary Clinton, who is my Senator, has always impressed me as wonky but also strong. She will have a strong President behind her, too.

    January 12, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. MetryJen

    I think it will be fine. She's enormously popular, they're not going to give her a hard time without major blowback- note how the Republicans treated her in the primary. As far as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I sincerely hope that their basic humanity will come forth and recognize that there's no such thing as a war in which at least one party lived in extreme poverty.

    January 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. MetryJen

    CORRECTION: "there's no such thing as a war in which at least one party lived in extreme poverty." should read "there's no such thing as a war in which at least one party didn't live in extreme poverty,"

    *at least in modern wars

    January 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Markmyword

    To Voter's comment...

    Get over it. Barack Obama won the election and he has made great choices for his cabinet including the selection of Hillary Clinton.
    I will say the same thing about Kerry and Richardson to Concerned Democrat that others say about John McCain and that is that they deserve respect also. I am anxious to see the results of all of them working together along with the republicans also.

    January 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. No Incumbents 2010

    What exactly is diplomacy? Years of sanctioning before we act towards an openly defiant dictator. " Mr. If you don't let inspectors in we're going to slap your hand and then we'll give you 3 months and if you continue to be defiant, well then we're going to give you another 3 months and then Buster if you do not comply your in trouble because we're going to give you only 2 months and then we're going to complain some more to the U.N. and oh boy then you're in TROUBLE!" Sounds "Smart"

    January 12, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Lori

    I can think of no one better-qualified than Hillary Clinton. I can't wait to watch the confirmation hearing!

    January 12, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Lyndon from CA

    Hey Hillary, make sure our nation's values don't include those of Abu Gharib.

    January 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I was hoping so much that Obama had chosen Gov. Bill Richardon for 'Sectretary of State. People are sick or the 'Clintons' & 'Bushes' after 20 years!!!

    January 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. SM

    You go, Hillary! Show the world that you would have made a great President!

    January 12, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    I look forward to deliberate, albeit slow, progress in bringing about a safer, healthier, fairer world.

    January 12, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Hillary will do great

    she is smart and knows how to work towards sustainable solutions

    Her confirmation hearing probably won't be, but could be a zoo

    January 12, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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