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. CA Indie for Obama

    BFD...
    Arnie will never be on the national stage since he was not born in the USA (with apologies to the Boss)

    November 15, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. james

    Arnold.get out of the Republican Party. Get out ansd stay out. You are not nor ever have been been a Republican. You are the perfect example of WHY we lost this election. The infiltration of democrats into OUR party has effected the quality of OUR Party. The leftist will say anything to gain power. Conservatives wouldn't elect Arnold for anything. Only propped-up democrats hiding in sheeps clothing trying to steer the true republicans into the immoral abyss of the democrat Party...........The party of demoralizing the event of abortion to a precedure and income tax increase for distribution of wealth to the "poor". WE lost this election NOT because of conservative ideas........but the lack of morality of the electorate and ignorance of the young voters. They were hustled by democrats because they knew they were the most ignorant of all. NO apology to any of you.

    November 15, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. FL Democrat

    Hillary would be great at anything she does. She would have been the BEST President. But, as we know, Americans vote on aesthetics rather than qualifications....so, we have to deal with what we've got.

    Hillary #45

    November 15, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Not Richardson please. He is not the right kind of energy that we need to represent the US. Clinton is perfect for the job if she wants it.

    November 15, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Griff

    I think the USA has finally contacted, the; Hardening of the Hearteries".
    They have made the Biggest Mistake in their History.. Just to prove a Black-Man is Equal to a White...
    Yes they are! But they chose the Wrong Black Man... This Guy (Barack Obama) has never proved he is/was even a true American. Until he Married one..
    I never did trust him, and I never will Now it's your turn... It's really nothing to do with me! He is your Chosen??? Just don't involve the rest of the World, when you fcome to the same opinion as me..............

    November 15, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Bob Long

    I didn't know where to put this so I thought I would start here. I think it would be a good idea if CNN, who has actually done quite a lot in regards to trying to educate Americans about race relations and history in this country, should begin to throw a very big spotlight on the acts of racial hatred being displayed in various parts of the country since the election. They not insignificant acts. They are venomous and dangerous. No one in his or her wildest dreams had any illusions that racism had disappeared in America, but what has started to emerge in the last two weeks is something more than just a few incidents. It represents a culture of hate that is all the more dangerous because it has lost and is frightened by this new identity of America, an identity it never understood existed.

    November 15, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Bob Long

    November 15th, 2008 6:26 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I didn't know where to put this so I thought I would start here. I think it would be a good idea if CNN, who has actually done quite a lot in regards to trying to educate Americans about race relations and history in this country, should begin to throw a very big spotlight on the acts of racial hatred being displayed in various parts of the country since the election. They are not insignificant acts. They are venomous and dangerous. No one in his or her wildest dreams had any illusions that racism had disappeared in America, but what has started to emerge in the last two weeks is something more than just a few incidents. It represents a culture of hate that is all the more dangerous because it has lost and is frightened by this new identity of America, an identity it never understood existed.

    November 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Art Sierra

    I think this would be and excellent move by President-Elect Obama.
    I'm a HRC supporter from day one and feel she is the best pick fr Sec. of State. I thought that maybe she should not accept but now I feel that Obama should pick only the best and HRC is the best, so I am 100% behind Obama, and this country will be better for this selection. If Obama comes through and selects Hillary then I know this country has made the best choice for President.
    And for the first time since this election process started, I wil regret my vote for Sen. McCain.
    Let the healng begin and we as Americans need to put this election behind us and start rebuilding this great country of ours .Good Luck, President Obama and God bless you and your family. And God Bless the U.S.A. Proud Latino now a Proud supporter of President Elect Obama!

    November 15, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Hey Arnold,
    You have enough to handle now with the fires go take care of California.
    We really don't need a republican telling Obama what to do or not to do – the republicans have not had good judgment the past eight years.

    President-elect Obama knows what to do.

    November 15, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Barbara in NC

    Who cares, Arnie?

    November 15, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. M. WINNERS

    OMG! STOP THE PRESSES!

    A Left-leaning repug Gov. backs a Dem for SoS! Brave, Pacesetting & Daring! What next, America votes a black as POTUS?

    Just joking – Welcome aboard AHnald...

    November 15, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. maurice

    ya he needed to seal the deal getting back in the bedroom lmao

    November 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. JACK

    Arnold is a nitwit who happens to married to a Kennedy. His opinion means NOTHING to most Americans. He's a twit!

    November 15, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. paul oregon

    another gop who really gives a sh-t what he says maybe he should take of the budget of calif.

    November 15, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Kimberly

    Steriods stuffed in a five thousand dollar suit. Pity.

    November 15, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Jay Los Angeles

    I think Hillary would be a firm, respected, and accepted hand with international partners, and maybe a little over the top for potential foes, and most important, she may be a little reluctant to stick to script, which can be a benefit, and a problem, because she can adapt, Bill on the other hand, seems too diplomatic at times, almost begging for peace, that could be taken advantage of if not careful, but he will in my opinion play within the rules framework. I would pick Hillary hands down, and move Richardson to deal with FEMA if Obama keeps it.

    November 15, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Jadie

    He's a Republican......and he's standing up for Hillary?!?! His wife must have kicked him out of bed.

    November 15, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Kyle R.

    Arnold is kissing butt to acheive his own gain. Go Hillary....nixed to Arnold.

    November 15, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Dayahka

    It's a big risk for both Clinton and Obama, and Clinton may have too much baggage in the "Bill" compartment. Clinton might fail miserably, then she'd have to be moved aside or fired; of she might not get along with Obama and may turn into a lone ranger (again, something that would get her fired). I think this may have been an offer with no real expectation of acceptance.

    November 15, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Credit Card Republicans

    We need Arnold.

    November 15, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. larry det, mi

    who cares what Arnold thinks

    November 15, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. yeah right

    Who cares what Aaaaaaaanold thinks.

    Anyone who, during the election can with a straight face tell us that he thinks Palin was qualified to be VP or even President does not hold much sway in my view.

    Whose interests was he thinking of then?

    Whose interests is he thinking of now?

    November 15, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Pamma

    No matter where the Hill goes, she will ALWAYS get the spotlight and upstage the Prez.
    Pamma

    November 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. AndyfromVA

    It sounds like Arnold is less and less comfortable with the GOP. Come over to the Democrats, we'd love to have you on our side!

    November 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. dan

    that will be brillian if they can work together

    November 15, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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