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 New York lawmaker Thursday in Chicago. Democratic officials have indicated that the former first lady is on Mr. Obama's list of candidates for the top U.S. diplomat post. Senator Clinton lost to Mr. Obama in the Democratic presidential primary after a long and often bitter race. When recently asked if she would work in the Obama administration, Clinton said she was happy being in the U.S. Senate, but said she wants to be "a good partner" to the new president.
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.