November 15th, 2008
07:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Schwarzenegger backs Clinton for State job

Schwarzenegger likes the idea of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Schwarzenegger likes the idea of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

(CNN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in on the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming President-elect Barack Obama's Secretary State, praising the potential choice as a "great move."

"I think she is a very very bright woman and very experienced. I think this could be a great move," Schwarzenegger told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview set to air Sunday.

But Schwarzenegger, a Republican, also suggested Obama must be sure he can work with his former primary rival before he officially offers her the position.

"When it comes to those kinds of positions, what is equally as important, and I know with my cabinet, what is equally as important as who is qualified, is who can you work with. Who can you sit down with and really get in there and start becoming a partner [with], that sees things the way you see it," he said.

"And also that you maybe want to learn from that person and admire that person so much that you want to pick up some pointers and learn from that person, so that they together can go out and do this," Schwarzenegger also said.

Sources told CNN Friday Obama met with Clinton in Chicago Thursday to gauge the New York senator's interest in the top diplomatic post. Sources also told CNN Obama is considering New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for the position.

Clinton would not comment on the speculation Friday.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Gonzo in Houston

    Putting Hillary and possibly John McCain in high-level positions in his administration would be proof positive that BO really wants to practice bi-partisan government. Hillary has a lot going for her for SOS; lots of experience, abundant international face time and recognition, and she holds her liquor with the best of them.

    There's just one problem; she has this husband, y'see, and,,,

    November 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Hal

    Hillary can best serve in the Senate to promote health care. As Secretary of State, her concern for even handed treatment for the Palestinians could conflict with Obama's chief of staff, Emanuel.

    November 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Reality Check

    He is busy appointing the same old Washington insiders after calling himself the change candidate. We will wait and see what he does in the first term before deciding whether to vote him out of office.

    November 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Schwarzenegger – you better leave politics and get back to boxing ring if you have some common sense left. You have proved that you lack critical thinking aptitude by backing McCain and Sara palin
    You are not even a good governor. Somebody rightly said-
    If you are not doing a great job at your own position, you should not comment on how another person should perform a higher position.

    November 15, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Lindy

    Who cares what this idiot says?

    November 15, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Hill Lover

    you DEMS want change, The ONE promised you CHANGE, thats why you are getting all the clinton leftovers, thats CHANGE you can believe in, says the "brother"

    November 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. CHERYL IN FLORIDA

    Hillary would be perfect for this or any other job.
    She is smart and has a lot of experience.
    I think that she loves being in the senate.
    I really hope that she takes the job, it will make me feel even better about Obama's presidency.
    Go Hillary!

    November 15, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Rob

    Arnold is a smart man for those that don't now him, he's one of the very few Politicians besides Obama that actually cares about the people and not policies. That alone is a fresh change in Politics.

    November 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Mike

    I hope that he doesn't choose Richardson for Secreatary of State. I just wasn't impressed with his scope of ideas during the campaign; he just kept saying the same thing over and over again.

    I think Senator Clinton would do a great job.....

    November 15, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Perusing-Through

    CREDIBILITY ISSUES . . .

    I'm sorry, but none of Arnold’s political advice can be taken serious.

    November 15, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. bill

    it is a question of whether she is for the people or herself. if she takes it, she is for the people. it she doesn't that means that she will not settle for anything less than the presidency which means she is for herself.

    November 15, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. phil

    This Austrian will say or do anything as long as it benefits him. He is a
    person who is contrary to his physical appearance Better worry of the fires raging in California.

    November 15, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. mm

    I voted for change not for same old same..

    while she is bright and smart, she wont take sos, that wont make her happy.. besides all of bill's links and deals and wheels with the saudis, (the brother of bin laden...Obama is not that dumb)

    she can do well with Secretary of Health she has been saying she wants healthe care for all, well this is her chance
    if she is SOS she and bill will undermine Obama,bill and hill want power, she will run for president agains the brainless jane palin, again in 2012,..
    so ........

    i hope WE MEAN CHANGE...
    CHANGE

    no same old same..

    November 15, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Kris Worcester,MA.

    That's the best move Obama can make she's a seasoned politician, and Arnold......... "I'll be back".......... to you with a response. :) Hillary has the most respect for the job give it to her. She cares deeply about the issues.
    The country, and most of all the people!

    November 15, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Chris, Wisconsin

    I hope Hillary takes the job. For all of you on here who say "Oh no.. Hillary back in the White House, that's not good!".... Well think again. Under the Clinton Administration the economy was the best ever, it was the most peaceful time in history, and America was at it's best ever in history. I even say.. Hillary for President in 2016!

    November 15, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Awet Debas

    That is the perfect chioce for the Obama Administration as Clinton his SOS. Brilliant choice!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. Martha

    And you wanted CHANGE....you should have voted for Palin..now she would have been a real change knowing that she would have NOT chosen any of the above...there is NO CHANGE in this new ADMINISTRION..JUST PAY BACKS. You better keep all the change you have, because you will need it to get through these next four years. We are on a big roller-coaster with pennies. WHAT A BLOW FISH HE WAS AND YOU ALL FELL FOR IT....NO CHANGE JUST PAYBACKS..AND YOU THOUGH POLICTICS WOULD BE DIFFERENT!!!

    November 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. AllenH

    I'd like to see Hilary Clinton remain in the senate. She may be too ambitious and hard-headed to be Sec of State. She should put that to work to become Majority Leader (I can't stand Harry Reid) and use her capital and clout to push Obama's programs there – especially health care reforms.

    Richardson might be very good but (at least for the near term) Colin Powell would be a great choice. He knows the players, he has a manner and intellect similar to Obama and there wouldn't be any need for on-the-job training. He'd be up to speed from day one.

    November 15, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Soft Republican converted to Heavy Democrat 08

    The only reason why Republicans want to accuse Arnold of being a Democrat is because he understands America a lot better then the less educated Republicans.

    November 15, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Mike

    Arnold is stepping places he shouldn't. He should be focusing on California, California, California. The state has enough problems ... why get into national politics?

    November 15, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. jm from sc

    While I support Obama's decision to consider Clinton, I want Arnold to shut up. He has said enough already.

    November 15, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Fred

    Thank you Arnold. I am happy to see that someone else backs
    Hillary for the for the Secretary of State job. I thank that the choice
    to choose her would be a know brainier. She has the experience
    needed for this job, and she has been a diplomat in the past as
    first lady and as a U.S. Senator. I thank that Richardson would be
    a bad choice. He lacks the skills and seems to be more of a two
    faced person anyway. So Mr. President Elect, please go for Hillary.

    November 15, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. Phyllis

    To reiterate the general concensus, who cares what Schwarzenegger thinks?

    November 15, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Arnold is just trying to save his reputation at this point after campaigning so hard for John McCain and will say anything to stay in the public's favor no matter who says it. No principles, no original ideas on the table, no solutions, no nuthin'. Fortunately for him, his wife and her solid convictions and reputation saves his behind everytime.

    November 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  25. Dixie AZ

    Arnold likes all women, even Palin for VP.

    November 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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