Report: Clinton Considering Joe Biden for Secretary of State

Following the report Biden told a Minnesota television station that he was not interested in serving as secretary of state under Clinton.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from Air Force Two for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2016.
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Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's short list for potential choices for secretary of state, should she win the presidency, Politico reported on Friday.

Following the report Biden told a Minnesota television station that he was not interested in serving as secretary of state under Clinton.

The report said no one had spoken to the vice president regarding the possibility yet, but cited a source as saying that Clinton and her staffers are considering how to best to convince Biden, a 73-year-old, 44-year career politician, to accept the post.

"He'd be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” the source told Politico.

The report said Biden is considered a top choice for his experience as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the hope that he would be able to assuage some of the worries around the world that Clinton's campaign feels have been caused by the candidacy of her Republican rival Donald Trump.

Biden was named President Barack Obama's running mate in 2008 after running for the position himself, but eventually losing out along with Clinton. Biden and Clinton have a long history that has included several points in which they found themselves opposing one another on key issues, with Clinton being considered the more hawkish of the two.

None of the others mentioned on the list have maintained a prominent presence on the national or world stage, the report said. These include Wendy Sherman, known in political circles for her work on the Iran nuclear agreement, former deputy secretary of state Bill Burns and Kurt Campbell, Clinton's assistant focusing on East Asia and the Pacific during her stint as secretary of state.