Hillary on the Hill

January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON – Bill Clinton was not in the room, but his presence was certainly felt at Hillary Clinton’s long confirmation hearing on Tuesday.hillary4

As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered her nomination to be Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, Republicans on the  panel raised the potentially thorny subject of the former president’s charity, which has received donations from several nations including the governments of Saudi Arabia and Norway.

They questioned whether appropriate steps had been taken to avoid possible foreign policy conflicts if Sen. Clinton, of New York, is confirmed.

“I think a lot of folks legitimately share these concerns across the spectrum, from the New York Times to Senator Lugar, who submitted some questions about it to me,” Louisiana Republican David Vitter said.

Richard Lugar of Indiana, the panel’s senior Republican, had raised the issue earlier in the hearing.  Clinton gave a lengthy response to Vitter and offered to go into even more detail. But Vitter was concerned about running out of time.

“Mr. Chairman, I have no objection listening to this, but I’d like it not to come out of my time, because I’d like to pursue these questions,” Vitter said.

“Well, I guess it’s fair to say that if you ask a question, you deserve an answer, and the answer traditionally comes out of the time of the senator,” committee Chairman John Kerry of Massachusetts responded.

Later, when Virginia Democrat James Webb finally greeted Clinton, he noted that he had the pleasure of having sat through the entire day-long hearing. “I’m so far down the food chain that I had to wait until 3 o’clock this afternoon to ask my questions,” the freshman senator said.

 The hearing began at 9:30 a.m.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Clinton with daughter Chelsea in background)


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I think Clinton was a First Lady once, so she should remain in the Senate. She has too much greed on her hands.

Posted by Sang | Report as abusive

The democrats would not confirm her if she was a republican. But they are going to minimize the conflict of interest and confirm her anyway.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

In what way can one compare being a First Lady to being the Secretary of State? Though I am not a particular fan of Hilary Clinton myself, I do not see how using the arugment that she was the first lady is relevant to wether or not she she is qualified to be the Secretary of State. A better argument is to point to wether she has shown that is capable of performing the duties of this job.

Posted by Mun | Report as abusive

I am amazed Americans support this woman. No doubt she and her husband have hurt American tremendously.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

It is possible 9/11 would not have happened had Clinton done his job. Fortunately for America, it didn’t happen on Clinton’s watch. Otherwise, more attacks would have followed. Oh, I forgot, that was the second time the World Trade Center was bombed. The first was during the Clinton presidency.

So, the Clinton’s did nothing swell in a foreign policy arena. Confirming Hillary as Secretary of State (SOS), will be just that an SOS for the United States.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive