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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  1. Cynic

    These two zeros voted "no" because "yes" is a tougher three letter word.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    The Republicans did this on purpose. They delayed Hillary's confirmation so that their person who was delayed from parking could listen in to Obama's talking points at the meeting he held today with his National Security team. Talk of playing politics with our lives. I guess the Republicans didn't get the lesson yet. You keep messing with the American people you keep paying until you're left with one person in the Senate.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. California

    CONGRATS!! WELL DESERVED. So thankful to have her leadership !

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Bafun

    they must feel very lonely in their partisant behaviour

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. AVEE capitalcityVA

    FIGURES! The Republicans are still bitter.

    January 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. not a little sad, actually quite happy


    January 21, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Barb

    boy those 2 votes really went south!

    January 21, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    If you watched the "debate" you can see why nothing gets done. A bunch of old, long winded individuals that say the same thing over and over again, with little substance.

    January 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Dale_Montana

    David Vitter? Is this the same David Vitter whose lack of sound judgement led to the infamous podium walk with his spouse by his side to apologize to the fair voters of his district. Way to stand on principle, David!

    January 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. clarity

    Congratulations Madame Secretary!

    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Jimbo

    Oh boy... now we can begin the change BO promised!!! Clintons get to pretty much run with it now and we will call go back to the 90's... (if we are lucky).

    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Felly

    Clinton is competent and will do a good job.

    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Dee Dee

    David Vitter, you are a sorry excuse for a human being and you should resign! I hope your wife leaves you. Something must be wrong with her too.

    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. tired of corporate politics

    Go Hillary! That is great success. She will do wonders to restore our image around the world.

    Smart, bold, experienced – of course it was 94-2.

    Don't let all the sexist haters and those repeating the old neo-con conspiracy mythologies get you down!

    January 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Don

    Great news for America....Hillary will work hard for all of us.

    January 21, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Gabe Polson

    FANTASTIC!!!! Over the past 2 days I have been so proud of my country. The world is watching and I can't wait for them to see the new America. America of the People!

    January 21, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. easy

    I cannot belive that they are still playing games with our country the should just confirm the nominees so this usa can start moving

    January 21, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Allen

    Mark my word......before the Obama Administration is 18-months old, "Billary" will be ousted. (The Clintons serve "no one" except the Clintons.)

    January 21, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Cheri NW Arkansas

    Go Hillary! Change is happening!!

    January 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Robin

    Let's hope she has what it takes. The Clinton Administration was not known for going after terrorists.

    January 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. bernj

    Good. Still, it seems that we still have a few republicans who want to make it hard for everyone. The best of luck and success to Secretary of State Clinton.

    January 21, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Nick

    And the GOP's stronghold, South Carolina, strikes again.

    January 21, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Bloomfield NJ

    Vitter... I will remember this vote in 2010. That is $200 dollars contribution to your opponent.

    January 21, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Florida John

    I am sure that Bill will get loads of money pouring in to the Clinton Foundation in hopes of favors which I am sure will be given by the queen of NY.

    God help us all.

    January 21, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA


    Allright, we'll mark your words. Now, off to your little the hole you go, off you go.

    January 21, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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