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Clinton accepts Obama’s offer

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Hillary Clinton has decided to accept the post of Secretary of State in the incoming Obama administration, a media report said today, raising prospects of former Democratic rivals joining hands to guide the US foreign policy amid steep challenges at home and abroad.

Clinton came to her decision after additional discussions with President-elect Barack Obama about the nature of her role and his plans for foreign policy, one of her confidants was quoted as saying by ‘New York Times’.

The former first lady, who was defeated by Obama for the Democratic Presidential nomination in a neck-and-neck battle, has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the powerful post of Secretary of State, the report said.

However, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, issued a statement yesterday cautioning that the nomination was not final. “We’re still in discussions, which are very much on track,” Reines said. “Any reports beyond that are premature” Obama’s office also told reporters earlier that the nomination is “on track”, but this is the first word from the Clinton camp that she has decided, the paper noted.

“She’s ready,” the confidant told the paper, adding that Clinton was reassured after talking again with Obama because their first meeting in Chicago last week “was so general.”

The purpose of the follow-up talk, he said, was not to extract particular concessions but “just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together. A second Clinton associate, the Times said, confirmed that her camp believes they have a done deal.

Senior Obama advisers told the paper that the offer had not been formally accepted and no announcement would be made until after the US Thanksgiving Day which is on November 27. But they said they were convinced that the nascent alliance was ready to be sealed.

Obama has stepped up efforts to assemble his future team as he geared up to tackle challenges like the worsening domestic economy and its global impact as well as the ongoing US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The decision to offer the second most powerful job in the administration to the 61-year-old Hillary Clinton followed days of intense vetting and negotiations intended to clear any potential obstacles to her taking the job due to her husband Bill Clinton’s global business and philanthropic activities.

Lawyers for Obama and former President Bill Clinton combed through his finances and drew up a set of guidelines for his future activities intended to avoid any appearances of conflict of interest should she take the job, the Times said.

Citing people close to the vetting, the paper said Bill Clinton turned over the names of 208,000 donors to his foundation and library and agreed to all of the conditions requested by Obama’s transition team, including restrictions on his future paid speeches and role at his international foundation.

Driving Hillary Clinton’s deliberations in part, friends told the paper, was a sense of disenchantment with the Senate, where despite her stature she remained low in the ranks of seniority that governs the body.

She was particularly upset, they said, at the reception she felt she received when she returned from the campaign trail and sought a more significant leadership role in the expanding Democratic majority.

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bill Clinton could pose Cabinet block for Hillary

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Former President Bill Clinton’s international business dealings, global foundation and penchant for going off script could present a significant obstacle to Hillary Clinton becoming secretary of state, observers say.Bill Clinton’s extensive global ties could cause conflict if Hillary Clinton is appointed as secretary of state.
On the one hand, his established relationships with world leaders could instantly make the New York senator a welcome face in embassies around the world. On the other, his complicated global business interests could present future conflicts of interest that result in unneeded headaches for the incoming commander-in-chief.”These are issues that I’m sure are being discussed, and they will have to be worked out, and it’s legitimate to ask these questions,” said James Carville, a former aide to the Clintons . Two officials with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team confirm to CNN that it is investigating Bill Clinton’s finances and post-presidential dealings. As part of the early vetting process, the team is looking for any negative information that could throw the prospect of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state into jeopardy .
A particular issue could be the donor list of Bill Clinton’s global foundation, which might show connections to international figures who push policies that might conflict with those of the new Obama administration.Obama last week asked Clinton if she would consider being his secretary of state. Clinton’s response is expected this week.Since exiting the Oval Office eight years ago, Clinton has reportedly raised more than $500 million for the foundation, a significant portion of which financed the construction of his presidential library. The foundation has also doled out millions for AIDS relief in Africa and other charitable causes around the world.
Amid repeated criticism from Sen. Clinton’s primary opponents, Bill Clinton would not reveal the extent of the foundation’s donor list earlier this year. But The New York Times has reported the list includes some foreign governments, including members of the Saudi royal family, the king of Morocco, a fund connected to the United Arab Emirates, and the governments of Kuwait and Qatar.
The former president has also reportedly solicited funds from international business figures connected to human rights abuses that his wife has outwardly criticized, including the governments of Kazakhstan and China.During the New York senator’s White House bid, critics repeatedly said that foreign governments and business executives could try to exert influence through donations to the foundation, prompting a pledge from the former president to publicly disclose all future donors.Observers say the same criticism is likely to be raised should Hillary Clinton become secretary of state, especially if countries she is dealing with on the diplomatic stage have at the same time donated heavily to her husband.
The matter could be complicated even further if it remains unclear exactly which foreign governments are supporting Clinton’s foundation and to what extent. On Monday, Politico reported that Obama’s team is seeking more information about the former president’s finances and is growing frustrated over the Clinton camp’s response.
The Obama officials disputed the Politico report, but confirmed the transition team is seeking unspecified records from the former president to get a better handle on issues related to his foundation work and presidential library to try to deal with potential conflicts of interest.Also at issue is the former president’s role in general should his wife become secretary of state. Since leaving office, Bill Clinton has become a globetrotter of sorts, amassing millions in speaking fees as he gives talks before corporations around the world.The Obama administration would probably seek to curtail that practice amid worries that the former president’s words could contradict those of his wife at times and make unclear to some just who is speaking for the United States government. But it’s unlikely that Clinton, who has always enjoyed the spotlight, would be willing to retreat from the public eye.”She really has to sit down with her husband and work through where does this leave him,” said David Gergen, ¬†who worked in Clinton’s White House. “After all, he’s very deeply involved in the Clinton Global Initiative, doing good around the world. Could he continue to do that? Would he have to shut it down? Could he take money from people? There are lots of secondary questions.”Even more problematic could be the former president’s history of going decidedly off message during speeches and his willingness to blatantly speak his mind seemingly without regard for the political fallout.During her presidential bid last year, Sen. Clinton at times publicly criticized her husband for things he said on the campaign trail, and in one particularly embarrassing moment for the campaign, she told him to “knock it off.”But ultimately, the duty of keeping the former president in check may fall to the New York senator should she assume the top diplomatic post.

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment