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. Woodrow

    William Jefferson would be a much better Secretary of State.

    November 15, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. nancy hughes

    this guy is a RINO. he should just be a democrat. he didn't do a thing for McCain. One little speach about Obama's legs and arms. Big Whoop!

    November 15, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Harry S. Sudman

    Why would anyone care what the California governor's opinion is about the choice for Secretary of State?

    November 15, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Ted, Washington DC

    Richardson a secretary of State? You must be joking.

    November 15, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    You right wingers will continue to foam at the mouth no matter what....

    This country is an absolute mess mostly (but not exclusively) due to the screwed up agenda of the last 8 years. Obama needs to hit the ground running....he needs highly experienced people to make the process go.

    So, yeah, he is considering people like Richardson and Clinton. If he had chosen neophytes you would be complaining about that. Here is an idea....lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    November 15, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. dj

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a joke and should never be taken seriously.

    He should weigh in on the next woman he wants to grope.

    November 15, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Hillary Is A Smart Woman And Could Do Good In The New Administration!

    November 15, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. delonar

    arnold just wants hillarys vote for when he asks obama to bail out california. good thinking there arnold. perhaps obama should offer hilliary the cabinet position of Secretary of Bail Outs.

    November 15, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Sam

    who is arnold and who is hillary? obama said change, this is change? i would think obama would at least keep one campain promise, at least till he even gets to the office.

    November 15, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. RGG

    This is the same Schwarzenegger who thought that Palin was a good choice to be the next vice president.

    November 15, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  11. TxDave

    WHO CARES WHAT ARNOLD HAS TO SAY! Obama didn't win with his help! I do believe that he and Obama may think along the same lines but Obama isn't a political opportunist compromising his core beliefs just to get elected! Arnold you are old news and theres a new feeling in this country and President-elect Obama represents that feeling!

    November 15, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Oregon Calling

    Change is good :-)

    November 15, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Mintey

    if this is how Obama makes Change, welll the economby should get very interesting

    November 15, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. April

    SEVERAL OF YOU WANTS OBAMA "THE CLOWN" TO CHOOSE BILL RICHARDSON. I MAY NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT OBAMA BOUGHT AND WAS SELECTED TO BE THE PRESIDENT, BUT EVEN I WILL NOT WISH RICHARDSON ON "THE CLOWN". RICHARDSON IS THE WORST FRIEND ANYONE CAN HAVE. RICHARDSON CAN STAB YOU IN THE BACK WHILE STILL LAUGHING AT YOUR FACE. THERE IS NOTHING WORST THAN "A TRAITOR". I WOULD NOT WISH THIS MAN RICHARDSON ON ANYBODY'S WORST ENEMY. "A TRAITOR HE WAS YESTERDAY, A TRAITOR HE IS TODAY, AND A TRAITOR HE WILL BE TOMORROW." THIS IS WHY I LOVE REAGAN, AND OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT BUSH. "LOYALTY". I THINK THIS WORD IS THE SWEETEST WORD IN HUMAN LANGUAGE AND I TRULY BELIEVE RICHARDSON WHOLE BEING IS DEVOID OF THE WORD "LOYALTY". SO EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT LIKE THE SELECTION PROCESS OF THIS PRESIDENT, I WILL NOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE WISH THIS TRAITOR ON HIM. DO NOT DO IT OR HE WILL HANG YOU TO DRY JUST LIKE HE DID CLINTONS. "A TRAITOR NEVER CHANGES SPOTS."

    November 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Joel Parkes

    Hillary would make a first rate Secretary Of State.

    November 16, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Dick

    yea, I would put Hilliary in the main position of your cabinet, it is just great having the pres be a puppet

    November 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. ch

    Hillary would be first rate! This woman has BRAINS and STRENGTH.

    She is the ANTI Sara Palin!

    November 16, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  18. T FROM AZ

    AU NOLLLLDDDDD, NOBODY ASKED YOU, DID THEY. Be quiet and take care of your backyard (California)!

    November 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. Dave L

    Is Arnold really doing that bad of a job? He seems to be really trying. His stance on energy policy and global warming is far more progressive than typical republicans. He has been trying to reconcile the CA state budget deficit by cutting spending without raising taxes (although it can't be done without raising taxes).
    I wonder if he has any sorts of regrets about endorsing McCain... he gave his endorsement early on before the campaign got ridiculous.

    November 16, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. Rob

    Arnold backed Palin too! He really had an eye for LIABILITIES.

    November 16, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. keno sims

    Arnold, this is none of your business. I think Arnold is a troublemaker. You should go back to making movies: Conan 3, Total Recall 2, True Lies 2, etc. Shut up and good night

    November 16, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. Will - OKC

    Wow, who told Arnold that anyone cares what he thinks of Obama's appointments?

    This is the guy who was, in true childish Republican style, deriding Obama for being a "wimp" at one of McCain's White Power rallies.

    November 16, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. keno sims

    ...But I do think that Hillary would make a great Secretary of State!!! It's just not Arnold's place to say it. ARNOLD, YOU WILL NEVER BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. GIVE IT UP. But your wife would make a good president.

    November 16, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. Abaja

    Whyi downt yo just oufer Hillary posetiona of CoPresident ?

    November 16, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. cali seadog

    Change doesn' t necessarily mean people, but change in policy. Like the policies of the past 8 years that ran this country into the ground.

    November 16, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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