November 21st, 2008
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Sources: Richardson a 'serious contender' for Commerce post

After dropping out of the presidential race, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who had worked in Bill Clinton's administration, endorsed Barack Obama.
After dropping out of the presidential race, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who had worked in Bill Clinton's administration, endorsed Barack Obama.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is a serious contender for commerce secretary in the Obama administration, two sources close to the transition said Friday.

The same sources, however, cautioned that Richardson could be tapped for another senior post as well. They do not consider Richardson's appointment to the Commerce Department to be a done deal.

Richardson, 61, was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Currently in his second term as New Mexico's governor, he previously served as ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary in the Clinton administration.

soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. vic

    I think Richardson will do well in any post he's chosen for.

    November 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. CJ in FL

    Turn it down, Bill! If you're not nominated for the SoS post, then you don't want anything to do with this administration...

    November 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    Bill Richardson is an excellent politician and deserves to be in the cabinet

    November 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Matthew

    WHY???

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. More DC Insiders for Change

    Another long term DC Insider for change.

    About the only change we have seen from Obama thus far is his uncanny ability to change from an outsider to an insider

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Roland

    Interesting that the real change Obama may bring is going to be all the new Democratic senators and governors to replace the ones being pulled into the cabinet. Who'd have guessed?!

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Abyssinian Lion

    Cool! Finally Richardson! I hope Chuck Nagel and Susan Rice will be on his team. :)

    November 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Can't believe Richardson won't get Secretary of State... He's ten times more qualified than that stupid Hillary.

    November 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Franklin NC

    Big deal, just another liberal in there to muddy the waters.

    November 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. boyan

    that means hillary is the secretary of state,i knew it. so sad

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Sol in Atlanta

    CJ, why dont you get a life and stop swallowing the bitter pill.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Roger

    If Hilary rejects the position of Secretary of State, then Richardson is more or less a shoo-in for that position, so he should hold off for now and wait to see what Hilary does.

    November 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Aida

    As Bill has shown his true Benedict Arnold colors – he is best left sitting at home. Give it up, Richardson – you are over.

    November 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. indy 08

    great choice again. Obama is on a roll. Susan Rice and Samantha Powers should be next

    November 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Dian

    Vic... I agree. Bill will do a great job in any position.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Barbara in NC

    I think Richardson will do whatever he can to help this country recover from the past 8 years.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Kentucky

    Richardson will do well in any job he takes. On another note, Bush is still the President until Jan. 20th. Bush is the leader of this nation at this time. Obama does not have the reigns of power yet, and therefore there is not much Obama can do. I am afraid that Bush is going to be like President Hoover and let the economy worsen more, and do nothing about it after his defeat.

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Helene

    He should have an important position. He fully deserves it.

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Obama Victim

    wow..................another "new" face..............this really is "change we an believe in"

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Neal Irving

    Commerce? Why not State?

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    How do all this speculators and naysayers know if this is the post that Richardson wanted?? Conversations and decisions work both ways!!

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Ruby

    If you think you can do a better job then the people that Obama chose, then, you go and apply for the job. Otherwise, SHUT UP! and wait until the end of their term to evaluate them.

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. TangoDancer

    A good pick. I like Bill Richardson. His talent may be better used in his current governor role though. Either way, it's another good choice by the Obama team.

    November 21, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. LyonsPhilly

    Fantastic.......

    November 21, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Getting It Right

    All the arm-chair quarterbacks – who don't know what Richardson wants or sought. Also have no idea of who has the right skill-sets. Just sit back and follow and complian for those that take action.

    Wow!

    November 21, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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