U.S. media are reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton is among the candidates President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state.
New reports say Mr. Obama met with the former first lady Thursday in Chicago. At an event on Friday in her home state of New York, Senator Clinton refused to speculate about the incoming administration's decisions.
Democratic officials have indicated that the former first lady is on Mr. Obama's list of candidates for the top U.S. diplomat post. Clinton lost to Mr. Obama in the long and often bitter race earlier this year for the Democratic presidential nominee.Others said to be under consideration for secretary of state include Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
In other news, the Obama transition team says Mr. Obama is to meet Monday in Chicago with Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Mr. Obama in the presidential election.