Obama set to nominate Sen. Clinton for State
Officials say announcement would come after Thanksgiving holiday
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton will be nominated for secretary of state sometime after Thanksgiving, barring unforeseen issues, transition sources and Democratic officials said.
The Obama team and the Clintons have worked out potential problems including complex financial disclosure issues for former President Bill Clinton and his international foundation that operates in 27 countries, the officials told NBC News.
Senator Clinton is understood to be prepared to accept an offer and has had substantive conversations with President-elect Obama about issues, roles, and responsibilities, they said.
One week after the former primary rivals met to discuss the idea of Clinton becoming the nation's top diplomat, the two sides were moving quickly toward making it a reality.
Clinton has been mulling the post for several days, but a transition aide's comments suggested that Obama's team does not feel she is inclined to turn it down.
Some Democrats and government insiders have questioned whether Clinton is too independent and politically ambitious to be an effective secretary of state. But Obama is said to admire her talents and experience, as do many other Democrats.
Clinton would have to surrender her New York Senate seat, which she has held for eight years, to take the job.
Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines would not comment Thursday night, except to say that anything about Cabinet appointments is for Obama's transition team to address.
The president-elect also is likely to choose Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of homeland security, top Obama advisers and several Democrats said Thursday as the shape of Obama's Cabinet begins to emerge.
The Obama advisers cautioned that no final decision has been made on putting Napolitano in charge of the Homeland Security Department, the massive agency created by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But the advisers said she was easily the top contender.
Thus far, Obama has informally selected Washington lawyer Eric Holder as attorney general and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as health secretary. The plans could be sidetracked by unexpected glitches in the final vetting process, officials note.
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