December 2nd, 2008
02:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Richardson to be nominated as commerce secretary

Richardson is Obama's choice for commerce secretary.
Richardson is Obama's choice for commerce secretary.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will nominate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to be Commerce Secretary at a news conference in Chicago Wednesday, a Democratic source tells CNN's Candy Crowley.

A former rival of Obama's for the the Democratic nomination, Richardson served as ambassador to the United Nations and the Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton.


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. jill

    Great choice, I was hoping he would get a position in the cabinet, He has a very level way of thinking, and should be good for all of us

    December 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. mayah

    GRAND SLAM, good job.

    December 2, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. john from sandiego

    the biggest appeaser since jimmy (i hate America) carter..

    December 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. freespeech101

    Sandy, what is your point?

    When are we going to move away from what happened in the primaries and the general election and move forward to a better America?

    The candidates have moved on...let's all do the same.

    December 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. TJ Johnson

    S, what does Gov Richardson know about US commerce? Another on-the-job training job, just like the president-to-be?

    December 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Susan

    We are impressed that Obama is picking such an excellent, experienced cabinet!

    December 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Sandy December 2nd, 2008 2:41 pm ET

    Gee, I hope he gets to sit next to HRC at the cabinet mtgs. It should be really cozy since he threw her under the bus. Ironic that she got the job he wanted. He's the loser here.

    Shut up Sandy! More division from the right. We on the left play well with others. You don't!

    December 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. A Patel

    FINAL CALL BUT PERFECT CALL, I HOPE EVERY THING GOING GOOD, BUT VERY HARD JOB FOR ELECT PRES OBAMA MEMBER
    EVERY ONE HARD WORK LIKE PRES ELECT OBAMA.

    December 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. TJ Johnson

    So, what does Gov Richardson know about US commerce? Another on-the-job training job, just like the president-to-be?

    December 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Tracy

    Token.

    December 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. wa-diddy

    This is definately the better job for him. He can be far more effective in this position, especially as relates to the economic concerns of the Hispanic community, than he can as sec of state.

    December 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Jay

    Congrats to Governor Judas!

    December 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Natives For Obama

    HE MADE A GOOD CHOICE FOR PICKING MY GOV. AND ALSO MADE A GOOD CHOICE ON PICKING IS CABINET.

    December 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. RinFL

    BOB........ what is your major malfunction?

    December 2, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. whynotme?

    Kind of makes me sorry I didn't run for the Democratic nomination. Everyone who did has a job, at least for the next four years. Who's left? Chris Dodd? Kucinich?

    December 2, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What an insult! Why does Obama feel he has to appease the grasping Hillary? She has ZERO experience to be Secretary of State. Richardson is much better qualified.

    A bone tossed to Richardson.

    December 2, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Pat in IL

    Excellent choice. Richardson is an intelligent, thoughtful statesman. He will have good ideas, work hard, and offer real advice to the rest of the administration.

    December 2, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Griff

    The Heist is on...

    December 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. GetLostPumasandRepublicans

    I love Bill Richardson he is a great man well come abroad brother, I am sure you will make us proud.

    December 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Tulsa

    JP,
    You'r making a fool of yourself.....again.
    Tulsa,
    Find a different knickname, real Tulsans don't want anything to do with you.

    December 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Harold Fox

    Bill Richardson should run for President in 2012!!!!!!!!!! He has all the makings of a good President!

    December 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Whatever.

    Obama is just rewarding someone who kissed up to him.

    Have any of you even been to New Mexico? I lived there for five years. Richardson is NOT the best possible choice for this position.

    December 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Viet Vet

    Sure can tell who the repuglicans are. Go to your hero and complain.
    I'm sure shrub will listen to you HAHAHAHAHAHAHARRRRRRR

    4 YEARS OF OBAMA and then maybe 4 MORE YEARS- -Suffer repugs

    December 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Corey, Maryland

    Should have been the VP but I'm sure he will do a great job there!

    December 2, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Punahou

    Look what he did when he was at the Energy Dept. He was a 100% racist against Asian Americans

    December 2, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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