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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hillary Clinton Confirmed as Secretary of State 94-2

Madam Secretary

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: It's official. Hillary Rodham Clinton is President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

The Senate voted 94-2 to confirm Clinton -- a day later than Obama had hoped, but a lopsided vote nonetheless.

The only opposition came from Republican senators who expressed concern about Bill Clinton's Foundation fundraising efforts from foreign sources, given Clinton's role as the nation's chief diplomat.

This creates the Senate vacancy that Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y., has already been mulling over for weeks -- with Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo among those thought to be leading contenders.