November 21st, 2008
04:05 PM ET
6 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. Dave

    If asked he will serve at the pleasure of the President. He is a smart man. Obama can use his advice and it will be a good for the country to have Mr. Richardson as part of the Obama team.

    November 21, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Lynne

    Richardson is one cool cat.

    November 21, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. RK

    Richardson is the right person. Hillary has too many baggages.

    November 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Nick

    people need to calm down, this administration hasn't even started and everyone's already bitter. give me a break

    November 21, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Johnnie Walton

    Hillary has many talents but "leader" is not one of them. I can just see all of the confusion at the State Department when she gets there. She doesn't know how to organize or unite her team behind her. Bill Richardson would have been a better choice for that spot. We shall see how this plays out. I hope it works but do not have a lot of confidence in her people skills.

    November 21, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. j. williams

    the third worst job by a clinton appointee–Janet Reno -madeline halfbright-and billy richardson...CHANGE we don't need...nice CON JOB Barry Obama..

    November 21, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Patricia in Las Vegas

    How come the Canadians on these posts seem to understand American politics better than we do here in the US? It is not a personality or beauty contest...it should be about the best person for the job. Obama is doing a great job selecting his team.

    November 21, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. SICKandTIRED!

    I thought this selection is all about country first and self interest maybe last. What some of you are saying seem to me like the opposite...and that is not good for the country.

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Dawn

    We need him here or as Secretary of Energy.
    Gov. Richardson must return to Washington, D.C. He has much to offer our country in Washington.

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Bonnie, Las Vegas

    I rather see Bill Richardson as secretary of state – he's got the experience to do it. As a Hillary supporter, I've grown so darn tired of all the drama she's stirring up. You're not some diva, Sen. Clinton. Believe it or not.

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. mjc

    Jack, you are way too funny! Actually, some of these people would never be happy no matter who Obama picks, unless of course it's Joe the Plummer.

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. David

    He should be our Secretary of State.

    Hillary should not be rewarded for the cheap shots she took at Obama during the campaign.

    Looks like everyone who badmouthed Obama–Clinton and Lieberman–come out in great shape, while those who supported Obama get the scraps.

    November 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Perusing-Through

    BILL RICHARDSON IS THE MOST VERSATILE MEMBER OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. Richardson can easily step in and successfully lead the following appointments:

    [1.] – Vice President of the United States,
    [2.] – White House Chief of Staff
    [3.] – Secretary of State,
    [4.] – Secretary of Commerce,
    [5.] – Secretary of the Interior,
    [6.] – Secretary of Labor,
    [7.] – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,
    [8.] – Secretary of Energy,
    [9.] – Secretary of Homeland Security,
    [10.] – Secretary of Health and Human Services

    November 21, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Paul

    I voted for Obama, but with all the Clintonites being offered government posts, including HilLIARy herself, I won't make the same mistake again. Change? No, it's funny business as usual.

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

    Mr. Richardson is a great guy. I would love to see him in any key position.

    November 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Boom

    Richardson's an IDIOT to be avoided at all costs.

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. bk

    Obama just needed your vote now he doesn't care what you think. He will do what he wants too. SUCKERS

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. An Independent Hillary

    Hillary will be a great SOS. I don't like Richardson at all and would not even vote for him for dog catcher!

    November 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Roy

    I think there are lot more smart one in dnc, this man on the down hill !!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Turning Arizona Blue

    Richardson should get no post. That judas deserves nothing!

    November 21, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Johhny 5

    I hear he likes hookers.

    November 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Democrat in California

    What happened to Pres. Obama's change, Remener, no Washington insider. Heck their all Washington insiders....

    November 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. crumbs for the rest of the country!

    all the key positions have gone to neo-cons and their buddies,

    from geitner to emmauel,
    from dennis ross to hillary clinton!

    change we can count on,

    to continute to rape humanity!

    November 21, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Lost in Texas

    you Obama haters need to start getting more original material..it's starting to get stale seeing the same thing on almost every post. I would suggest getting some ideas at the FN site,,,PLENTY of haters over there!

    November 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. dan

    Obama owes him one...........after all he sold out the Cintons for thirty pieces of silver.

    November 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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