Does Hillary Really Want the Job?

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 19, 2008 7:59am

My reporting tells me it’s likely that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will be Secretary of State, but no final decision has been made.

The reason? Clinton herself hasn’t firmly decided that this is the job she wants.

She’s concerned about giving up the independence she has as a senator.

She also has to worry about the $7.6 million campaign debt she still has from her presidential bid.

But the question about whether former President Bill Clinton’s activities will be a block is moving towards getting resolved.

Sources tell me a team of lawyers has been working for the last two days negotiating over this.

An agreement is emerging whereby President Clinton would disclose donations to his foundation and any future paid speaking he does would be reviewed by ethics officials, such as the White House counsel or the State Department counsel.

–George Stephanopoulos

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