Hillary might reject Secretary of State offer

November 19th, 2008 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI  

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New York, Nov.19 (ANI): New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton reportedly isnt certain she would accept the post of US Secretary of State even if Barack Obama offers it to her.
Politico quoted several people close to the former First Lady, as saying that She is still weighing this, independent of President Clinton’’s work.
Clinton, one person said, remains deeply torn between the possibility of serving in Obamas cabinet and remaining in the Senate to help pass health care and work on a broad range of domestic issues.
Most of the speculation about Clintons frame of mind in the last few days has been off-base, sources say, because shes played her cards close to the vest, consulting only her husband and two or three kitchen cabinet advisers.
The Clinton camps effort to downplay her interest in the post might simply reflect her need to create an alternative storyline if the deal falls apart for other reasons, including the possibility that insurmountable problems arise during the vetting process, Democrats not connected with Clinton cautioned.
There is also a view that she might want to neutralize the perception that shes at the mercy of Obamas team because of a desire for the Obama team to write off her campaign debts.
Obama isnt likely to make a formal offer of the post to Clinton unless hes given assurances that Bill Clintons global charitable foundation wont create future conflicts of interest with foreign governments.
The Clinton Foundation has earned praise for its efforts to eradicate AIDS, malaria and poverty in Africa. But it could prove problematic if the former president continues to arrange donations from foreign countries at the same time that his wife serves as secretary of state.
Obamas vetting team has expressed similar concerns about Bill Clintons overseas fundraising when Hillary Clinton was briefly considered for the vice-presidency. (ANI)

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