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Senate Cmte. Votes a Strong Yes on Hillary Clinton

By Glenn Kessler
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) this morning won overwhelming backing from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next Secretary of State.

On a vote of 16-1, the panel voted to send her nomination to the Senate floor, where she is not expected to face any obstacles to full confirmation. She fielded few tough questions at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans alike praised her for her intellect and her abilities.

The sole negative vote was from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who said he was concerned about the overseas charitable fundraising activities of her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Vitter decried the former president's foundation as a "multimillion dollar minefield of conflicts of interest."

In a deal with the transition team, the former president agreed to annually release the names of overseas donors. Clinton shrugged off calls from some committee members to amend the agreement in order to provide greater and more timely disclosure of overseas contributions during her tenure as secretary.

Posted at 11:08 AM ET on Jan 15, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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I just gotta say I LOVE FOX NEWS!, it is great because it keeps on feeding the same old lies, negativity and hypocrisy to the ill-of-mind who now make up the core of the Republican party, pushing them further into the deep south and marginalizing them as a political party.

Keep it up Fox News, you're destroying the Republican party!

Posted by: JRM2 | January 15, 2009 4:54 PM

And you forgot one other, JakeD:

You have a "loser" problem - in other words, a problem being a loser.

Posted by: LABC | January 15, 2009 1:52 PM

Doesn't Vitter have a hooker to change and diaper him? An ethics concern coming from him is rich...

Posted by: LABC | January 15, 2009 1:50 PM

Bosnia sniper fire!

Posted by: mediahack | January 15, 2009 1:46 PM

GOP has a leadership problem...

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 15, 2009 1:11 PM

We're really suppose to take seriously Sen. Vitter's "morality" concerns about Hillary Clinton? This is the same Sen.Vitter who pals around with prostitutes and drags his wife before cameras to make it all right again? Oh, please, enough with Republican party hypocracy.

Posted by: proteusdecision | January 15, 2009 1:10 PM

(from the prior thread):

• Obama has "natural born" citizen problems

• Biden has MBNA problems

• Napolitano has 9/11 problems

• Geithner has tax and nanny problems

• Clinton has "Bill problems"

• Eric Holder has pardon problems

• Bill Richardson has FBI problems

• Ray LaHood has earmark problems

• Leon Panetta had a Dianne Feinstein problem (that's since been cleared up)

• Rahm Emanuel has a Blagojevich problem (but Team Obama says it's not a problem, so never mind)

• Carol Browner has "Socialist" problems

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2009 12:42 PM

Vitter is a sorry excuse for a politician and a worse example of manhood.


DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | January 15, 2009 11:36 AM

I am sure that Senator Vitter will be too busy with his prostitutes to worry about what happens at the State Department after the confirmation is concluded.

Clinton should take it as a positive that Vitter voted no.

Posted by: peterdc | January 15, 2009 11:27 AM

"She fielded few tough questions at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans alike praised her for his intellect and her abilities."

Freudian slip, perhaps?

Posted by: attenborough | January 15, 2009 11:15 AM

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