December 2nd, 2008
02:36 PM ET
9 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. fair and balanced

    J.P Said "On a related note, liquidate your investments NOW while you still can."

    That's if you have any. You repubs have been saying "we're not in a recession" It's all in "your" minds. Well Gues what? You were wrong.

    Great job J.P. and your repubs friends. Everyday the economic situation worsens for the average man. Maybe you have an offshore account where you're hiding you money to liquidate.

    BTW is was one of McCain's buddy's who said it was in our minds. So it seems to me the person who was right on the economy won.

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

    Great CHOICE!!! President-Elect Obama is making great decisions!!! Is it Jan 20th, yet??

    Congrats Gov.'ll make us all PROUD!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. MsBingo

    You've got to admit it's getting's getting better all the time!


    December 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Tim

    Finally....Obama is almost done paying back all the people he owes.

    December 2, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Harold

    If the guy didn't want the job, he could turn it down. After all he is employed. So forget he didn't get the SOS position, hell he wanted to be president and didn't get that either.
    All you haters, why can't you wait until the new administration takes office before complaining. Afraid they might be successful and then you won't have anything to piss and moan about;
    There is a new sheriff coming to town, get use to it!

    December 2, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. al

    i guess the people of new mexico realize now that their governor didn't care about them at all and only used the position to get back into washington dc, this is the same man who didnt even know obama's tax plan a week before the election, sounds great to me, and another thing, richardson is definitely something new right? of course another person from the clinton years, anyone keeping track of the new faces of change?

    December 2, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Charlie

    Already this new administration is looking like a complete joke. Can we just fast-forward through the next four years please?

    December 2, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. gt

    LOOSER !

    December 2, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. joyce

    Richardson is a back stabber, and will promote his "friends from the south"s business. The American people will pay thru the nose for the "commerce" this back stabber drums up.

    December 2, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Bob

    Richardson is very capable man, but I hope this was on the condition that he has to shave off that awful beard (and I normally like beards)

    December 2, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Sara

    He certainly deserved the job Hillary has got. I guess because he is a peaceful, honest man with integrity. Obama unfortunately decided to have a warmonger hawk as Secretary of State. It is a shame...

    December 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Neutral

    Richardson the Traitor is not suitable as a Janitor let alone the Commerce Secretary

    December 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Bob from Down Under – you are a moron. If you think Richardson's appearance has anything to do with his qualifications, you are worse than a moron. So is everyone who is blasting Richardson based on their own warped perceptions trying to second guess 'what he wants." We New Mexicans know him far, far better than you people. He will be an excellent Commerce Secretary; he is a very capable and adept person who knows how to negotiate and who knows how to achieve things. And J.P. – you also are ignorant. I bet you've never even read Karl Marx.

    December 2, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Shawn

    Look at all the fighting going on in this blog, you guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Grow up and lets worry about THINGS THAT MATTER!

    December 2, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Lance from Az

    I thought we elected an intelligent president.......

    and then came the HRC nomination to the sec of state. Wasn't HRC's foreign policy positions the main thing Obama attacked her on. Then Napalitano for Homeland security is the biggest joke I have ever heard. this should be an affront to any latino that voted for Obama. Obama is giving a powerful position to someone who occupies the governers mansion in a city with the most racist sheriff in America.
    A nice article was written about him in the washington post.
    "Sheriff Joe Arpaio thinks he has found the answer to the problem of illegal immigrants in the United States. It's not the National Guard. And it's not amnesty. "Fuhgeddaboudit!" growled Arpaio, his Boston accent unbleached by the desert sun. The sheriff's solution: Lock 'em up." Too bad they didnt have the cajones to report on Sheriff Arpaio and his cronies favorite past time. They love going to predominately hispanic neighborhoods in the poorer sections of phoenix, picking up illegal hispanics, beating the tar out of them, and dropping them off on the outskirts of phoenix upwards of 50 miles from where they live. he does this to the undocumented workers that he catches but cant charge with an anti-smuggling law that he uses to lock up non-criminal immigrants. then my personal fave is Bill Richardson. I like the guy and he would have been perfect for Sec of State, but commerce is a joke.

    But I guess he had to give HRC a spot and state is one of the very few that makes sense and then of course even though richardson would only be worthwhile at sec of state he had to give him a spot as political payback.

    December 2, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. VoteRepublican

    Is that all Bill Richardson got for supporting Obama? He deserves a better role in Obama cabinet than a commerce secretary!

    December 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Kevin

    No opinion on Richardson. I still like Obama but I will agree with people who are confused by the "change" he promised. What has changed so far? And i don't want to hear that now we have democrats running the country instead of republicans, that's not what the change was about. When is Obama going to appoint some Republicans or more moderate candidates. This just looks like we're going back to one party ruling all parts of government. That is never good.

    December 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Mike

    Guess you don't need experience in Commerce to be Obama's Secretary of Commerce. So far, only the Treasury and Defense nominations are people with the necessary qualifications; the rest have the same qualifications as the incoming President – i.e. none.

    December 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. marcus

    Richardson is a gutless punk...

    December 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Griff

    This Guy will be destroyed forever???? did I hear this this Add clearly... Sombody trying to Coins of Obama...

    December 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Nannie Bouroughs

    Richardson is only qualified to be White House Janitor... this is just payment for giving his support to Obama... really like the politics of: CHANGE!

    December 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. norb

    Let's see? Biden, Clinton, Richardson all ran for the Democratic nomination and now are on the Obama cabinett team. Can Dennis Kucinich be far behind?

    December 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Mike

    Dear Tim,

    He still owes the UAW, Teamsters, Government Employees Union, Greenpeace,, etc. That list is endless.

    December 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Pete

    Secretary of State, Commerce Secretary, what's the difference. I guess in the eyes of politicians, if you are qualified to be a politician, you are qualified to be any politician.

    December 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Steve

    I'm glad to hear Obama will have the brains of Bill Richardson on his team!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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