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Senate offers Clinton new options

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  • Some say Obama is considering Sen. Clinton for his Cabinet
  • Sources said Clinton believes position is hers if she wants it
  • Sen. Harry Reid said he is considering new Senate role for Clinton if she stays
  • Sen. Ted Kennedy said Tuesday that Clinton would head group on health care reform
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Democratic Senate leadership is considering a new role for Sen. Hillary Clinton should she decide to remain in the Senate and not accept the rumored offer of a position in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, a Democratic official told CNN Wednesday.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a candidate for Obama's secretary of state, sources say.

CNN reported last week that Clinton and Obama met to discuss the possibility of Clinton, Obama's chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, serving as secretary of state. Multiple sources told CNN that Clinton left the meeting with the impression that the job was hers if she wanted it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's motivation for considering a new role for Clinton at this time was unclear, although multiple Democratic sources said Clinton made it known to the leadership prior to her meeting with Obama that she wanted a new role.

A second Democratic source said that during the Democratic caucus Tuesday, Reid indicated he's thinking about a new role for her.

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Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, announced Tuesday that Clinton would head a working group on health care reform. Her working group will be focused on insurance coverage. The role Reid is considering would be in addition to that working group position.

"Sen. Clinton has told ... Sen. Kennedy, as well as Leader Reid, that she stands ready to help President-elect Obama in any and every way she can to enact comprehensive health care reform, which she has sought for nearly two decades," Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said.

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