New York: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she has “zero” interest in trading her Senate seat for a high-profile job in an Obama Administration, but that hasn’t stopped some of her fervent supporters from dreaming.
Many women want to see her on the Supreme Court, largely to protect Roe v. Wade; health care advocates think she’d make an energetic Secretary of Health and Human Services; and there is talk of her becoming secretary of State or Ambassador to the United Nations.
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“I know she’s going to take a big job with Obama,” said Mary Margaret Salkin, a beautician in Lower Manhattan.
“I don’t know if it will be a Cabinet job or something bigger, like, you know the Supreme Court. But he owes her after today,” she said.
In an Obama Administration, some advocates say, it would be important to get someone with Hillary’s passion and experience onto the Supreme Court to hold the center.
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But the former first lady and runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination says she wants no part of that, The Times reported.
In an October appearance on the television show Fox & Friends, Clinton said she has “zero” interest in a number of Washington jobs.
“I’m not seeking any other position except for being the best senator for New York that I can be,” she said, a comment that her press staff and campaign advisers have repeated frequently.
“We have a majority leader who Senator Clinton respects and fully supports, and she’s looking forward to working with Reid and Obama and a hopefully expanded Democratic majority in the [Senate] to bring about real solutions to the problems left in the wake of eight years of failed Bush policies,” wrote Clinton adviser Philippe Reines in an e-mail to The Washington Times.
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Despite the fervent feedback, Clinton may really not be eager to change jobs, now that the White House is out of reach for at least four and maybe eight years.