Clinton Aims To Restore State Department's Clout

02/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MONICA LANGLEY wsj.com

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, whose confirmation hearing as secretary of state begins Tuesday, is aiming to re-establish the State Department as the lead agency in foreign policy and to give it a greater role in economic diplomacy, say advisers to her and President-elect Barack Obama.

In her testimony, Sen. Clinton will call for a "renewal of American leadership" and a "revitalization of diplomacy to promote our security interests and advance our values," according to a transition official.

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