Clinton eyes Biden for secretary of state: Report
WASHINGTONU.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in considering to appoint U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as her secretary of state if elected as president at the Nov. 8 elections, Politico reported on Oct. 27.
Biden is at the top of the internal short list Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, Politico cited a source familiar with the planning as saying.
‘They are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,’ the source said, according to a report on Politico’s website published on Oct. 27.
According to the source, either Clinton, nor her aides have yet told Biden and that they are strategizing about how to make the approach to the vice president, who almost ran against her in the Democratic primaries but has since been campaigning for her at a breakneck pace all over the country in these final months.
“He’d be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” said the source familiar with the transition planning.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, criticized her on Oct. 27 over her trade policies, saying she would handle trade deals so badly that the country should “just cancel the election” and name him the victor.
Speaking to supporters in Toledo, Ohio, Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, had led to the outsourcing of thousands of Ohio jobs to Mexico, a practice he vowed to stop if elected president on Nov. 8.
“We should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right?” he said. “What are we even having it for? Her policies are so bad.”
Trump’s remarks came as the New York businessman tries to steady rocky poll numbers amid a series of controversies and self-inflicted wounds.