A spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) downplayed reports that she will accept an offer to become secretary of State in President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

"We're still in discussions, which are very much on track," said Philippe Reins, a senior adviser to Clinton. "Any reports beyond that are premature."

The New York Times reported Friday afternoon that Clinton has decided to take the post. The Times story relied on "two confidants."