January 21st, 2009
04:40 PM ET
9 years ago

BREAKING: Clinton confirmed as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state Wednesday by a vote of 94-2.

The two no votes came from Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. R

    Great! Now we can move on and start working

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. DB

    Yeah!!!!! I bet she gets to work in the next 30 minutes.

    January 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    I suppose the 2 against were from republicans.

    January 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Leigh

    Should've have been President as she definitely would have done a SUPERB job, but she will make us proud. What a wonderful diplomat! Congratulations Hillary!!

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Ken

    This is great news and I wish Hillary Clinton all the luck and success.

    I would like to know who the 2 were that voted for her not to be confirmed? They are really dumb and are only thinking of themselves and not the American people.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Gail

    And she will make a great Sec. of State. She's the right person for the job.

    Go Obama! You're doing great so far!!!!!

    We love you and your family!!

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Sal

    2 People? That is it? I was expecting more than that.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Mike

    Good for her, get to work and show us what you are really made off... 8yrs isnt too far..

    January 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Greg from Los Angeles

    Of course she should have been confirmed. This was a no-brainer.

    January 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Ellie

    THANK GOD... now lets confirmed the rest of the appointees and GET TO WORKING!!! Republicans need to get their HEADS out of their behinds and stop "show boating"!!!

    President Obama needs his staff to start working towards cleaning up George W. Bush's do-do mess.

    Republicans continue to prove over and over that they are nothing but the source of the problem rather than working expediently and effectively on solving the country's problems!!! They NEVER objected to Cheney's ties and appointees to Hulliburten!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    January 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Tim

    Congratulations, Madame Secretary!

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. okie

    OH CRAP!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. maryland

    "Big Bad John" is a partisan hack!

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. WTH...

    Never mind- there they are on the update. Thanx CNN.

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. well


    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. SF Serg

    1 down, 2 to go. The same children that created this mess are playing these games (delay process) and unwilling to help clean it up unless we give them the attention they need. I hope the GOP dissolves into extinction sooner rather than later.

    January 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Cori from Colorado

    Go Hillary!

    January 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Karen- Change is coming

    It's about darn time... It should have happened yesterday.. Clinton don't worry. We will remember these GOP in 2 years..

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Congratulations Madame Secretary.
    Now get to work.

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Angie

    Wonderful. Now lets swear her in so she can get to work. Congradulations Sec. of St. Clinton.

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. First Choice

    Is Biden the first choice?

    January 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Ray, Benicia, CA

    It's good to see that at least the vast majority of Senators can put aside partisanship and vote, based on merit, for a qualified woman in the position of Secretary of State. Can't say the same for the 2 lone dissenters, though.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. dustin

    isn't vitter under some sort of investigation? You would think he'd be keeping a lower profile.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. No drama Obama?

    I am a fan of Hillary and I thought she was head and shoulders above everyone else who ran this time and sorry Obamabots, that's coming from a Republican.

    I think she will do a good job as she knows the stuff and schooled Obama over and over again during the debates, SO THIS WAS A GOOD CHOICE.

    But beware of the Clinton money issues, I like her, but there is a foundationGATE just waiting to happen.

    Good luck Madame Secretary.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Simmy

    Vitter is still bitter; DeMint is demented. They are becoming problems for their almost defunct party. Someone like Sen. McCain needs to sit and talk with them about "what not to do to ruin your career."

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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