Biden Counseled Hillary, Bill on State Dept. Job

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 21, 2008 9:11am

Sources tell me Vice President-Elect Joe Biden played a key role in convincing Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton that the secretary of state job was a good idea for her.

So I asked Biden during our exclusive interview — did he have to convince her?

"Well, I don’t know whether I played a key role or not but I have had a longstanding relationship with Senator Clinton. She’s one of my close friends and when this came forward I did talk to her, she sought me out, I sought her out as well to assure her that this was real," Biden told me.

"There was a lot swirling around before she actually got asked and so she is an old friend, I talked with her all the time. I have continued. There hasn’t been a time since she’s been in office I haven’t – not many days go by I don’t talk to her. So it wasn’t so much convincing but they wanted to know my perspective and I gave my perspective," he said.

–George Stephanopoulos

You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus