News that the
In a letter to the World Bank's staff, Zoellick praised the organization for its work at a time of global economic turmoil. To help poor countries facing rising food prices, the bank assembled a rapid response fund of $1.5 billion that reached 40 million people, he said.
Clinton long has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zoellick, and a news report last spring said she had engaged in discussions with
The reports seemed credible given Clinton's strong interest in international development. But the former first lady and U.S. senator flatly denied any interest, saying she looked forward to getting out of the fast lane.
Clinton's Sherman-like denials from last spring remained "operative," an aide said Wednesday.
"She has said this is not happening," said Victoria Nuland, the chief