Clinton Courting Fellow Senators Ahead of Confirmation Hearing
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), President-elect Barack Obamas pick for secretary of State, is making the rounds on Capitol Hill Friday in preparation for her confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee next week.
Clintons listening tour took her to Sen. Bob Caseys (D-Pa.) office on Friday, where she told Casey, Im having a good time going around and seeing all of my colleagues.
Clinton also met with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) earlier in the day.
The former First Lady spent an hour each with incoming Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and ranking member Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) last week, and she has made herself available to all committee members as well, a Clinton aide said.
Caseys meeting lasted about 30 minutes; he said he focused his questions on how best to manage the State Department. Casey said he expected Clintons confirmation to go smoothly next Tuesday, when she is scheduled to appear before the Foreign Relations panel.
While Clinton is courting her Senate colleagues, at least one said Clinton didnt need to make any stump speeches to her. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), a strong Clinton supporter in the Democratic presidential primary, said her meeting with the former First Lady was nothing more than a few minutes of chatter.
Shes been my colleague for a long time. I met with her every day for six years, Boxer said.