Obama chooses Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State

CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his
former chief rival for the Democratic nomination to be his secretary of state.

At a news conference Monday in Chicago, Obama announced that
he's chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to lead the State Department.

He described her as a friend and colleague, as well as a source of counsel and a tough opponent. He added that she's someone of
tremendous stature who can advance America's interest around the
world.

In order to make it possible for his wife to take the job, party officials say former President Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of contributors to his foundation and step away from day-to-day management of it. He'll also submit his speaking schedule to review by the State Department and the White House.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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