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Hillary Clinton
Rumored to Accept Secretary of State Post

Hillary Clinton
Rumored to Accept Secretary of State Post

Sen. Hillary Clinton will give up her U.S. Senate seat to accept a position as secretary of State for President-elect Barack Obama, TheNew York Times has learned.

Sen. Hillary Clinton will give up her U.S. Senate seat to accept a position as Secretary of State for President-elect Barack Obama, TheNew York Times has learned.

Clinton, New York's junior senator, has been in the running for weeks, and came to the conclusion after additional discussion withs Obama, two unnamed Democratic Party figures said on Friday. However, Clinton's spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement on Friday that the nomination was not final.

"We're still in discussions, which are very much on track" he said. "Any reports beyond that are premature."

Obama's transition team said on Thursday that Clinton's nomination was on track, adding Friday that the announcement would be made after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Clinton's vetting for the position has been hampered by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and his dealings in international affairs. Lawyers for Obama and Bill Clinton examined the former president's finances, setting up guidelines for his future activities if his wife does take the job. Closely scrutinized were 208,000 donors who contributed to his presidential library and the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, which funds international initiatives on HIV/AIDS, climate change, the economy, and other issues. Bill Clinton would be asked to restrict his role at his foundation as well as his paid speechmaking.

New York governor David Paterson would have to appoint a replacement for Hillary Clinton in the Senate. While Paterson has yet to name any possibilities, some speculate that state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (whose father was once New York's senator), and others may have a shot at the job. Columbia University political science professor Sharyn O'Hallorain told Fox News that another contender is New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the first openly gay person to hold one of the city's highest ranking posts. (Michelle Garcia, The Advocate)

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