Madam Secretary

Although Hillary Clinton originally had extremely impressive fund raising numbers in her bid for the 2008 Presidential Democratic primary, the tide started turning in January 2008. To start off the new year, Clinton raised $13.5 million, which paled in comparison to competitor and current President, Barack Obama. Clinton was forced to lend her campaign $5 million for her and Bill Clinton's personal assets. Clinton left the race with a considerable debt, and in December 2008, wrote off a total of $13.2 million she had lent to her campaign. CBS

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
We'll see if President-elect Barack Obama chooses Hillary Clinton to head the State Department.

I for one think it's inspired. I can say this now that the campaign is over.

I first met Mrs. Clinton during her husband's run for the White House in 1992. She was campaigning for him.

I watched a colleague conduct a rather lengthy interview with her and when it was over, I walked up to her and said, "I don't know about your husband but, I think I'd vote for you."

In my humble estimation, Hillary is smarter than Bill. It's also pretty clear she's a lot more disciplined.

Mrs. Clinton was a star before the primary campaign but, became a legend as a result of it.

That kind of power combined with her personal gravitas would be invaluable around the world.

Mrs. Clinton rarely doesn't get what she's after.

Imagine that force thrown at the Middle East peace process. Maybe she could finish what her husband couldn't.


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