Clinton expected to accept State nomination

November 22, 2008 6:34:27 AM PST
A spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton says the New York senator is still in discussion over whether to accept the secretary of state's job, though the talks are "very much on track." Spokesman Philippe Reines and other Clinton officials flatly denied reports Friday that she had accepted the job offer. But officials in both camps said they have every reason to believe that President-elect Barack Obama will announce her as his choice shortly after Thanksgiving.

Said an official in the Clinton camp: "They're just talking about the state of the world and what's next." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Obama or Clinton are prepared to go public.

Sources tell ABC News that on Wednesday night Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, told the Obama Transition Team that she was inclined to reject President-elect Obama's offer that she be the next Secretary of State. Among other reasons, the autonomy of life in the Senate, where she is her own master, appealed to her.

She was encouraged to refrain from making a final decision.

On Thursday, many people in Obama's world reached out to Clinton and convinced her to take the job.

By Thursday night, she had conveyed to President-elect Obama that she was interested in the job. In other words, she essentially accepted his offer.

Details are still being worked out, but everything is on track for Clinton's nomination for the job to be announced after Thanksgiving, along with other members of the Obama national security team.