Reports say Obama Considering Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State Post
By VOA News
14 November 2008

Hillary Clinton (file photo)
U.S. media are reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton is among the candidates President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state.

New reports say Mr. Obama met with the New York lawmaker Thursday in Chicago.

Democratic officials have indicated that the former first lady is on Mr. Obama's list of candidates for the top U.S. diplomat post. Senator Clinton lost to Mr. Obama in the Democratic presidential primary after a long and often bitter race.

When recently asked if she would work in the Obama administration, Clinton said she was happy being in the U.S. Senate, but said she wants to be "a good partner" to the new president.

Others said to be under consideration for secretary of state include Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

In other news, the Obama transition team says Mr. Obama is to meet Monday in Chicago with Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Mr. Obama in the presidential election.

On Thursday, Mr. Obama's Vice President-elect Joe Biden met with outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney.

Biden and his wife, Jill, received a tour of the official vice presidential residence in Washington. The couples were cordial as they greeted each other, despite Biden's sharp attacks against Cheney during the presidential campaign.

During a vice presidential debate, Biden accused Cheney of expanding his power beyond his constitutional authority, and referred to him as the most dangerous vice president in U.S. history.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.