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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  1. Pete

    Another insider.

    Change fools can believe in!

    December 2, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. nmoverrichardson

    Unfortunately Obama has not yet seen the true Richardson, and I do not mean the obvious backstabbing two faced Judas everyone was exposed to during the campaign, but the deceitful fork tongued snake many New Mexicans were naive enough to believe had their best interests at heart.

    December 2, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. david thomas

    Why would anyone want to leave being Governor of New Mexico, get to live in Sante Fe and enjoy the southwest to return to D.C. (not an inviting place to live) and do a repeat of a member of the Cabinet? I just do not understand why Bill Richardson, who seems to be a pretty talented guy, would want to do this.

    December 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You've got to love Richardson for being his own man and making the right decisions.

    December 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. AZU

    GREAT CHOICE!!!!
    OBAMA IS A NO NONSENSE CEO.
    BRILLIANT!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. NY republican

    Another Clinton-ite, another original idea from President – Elect of "change". I don't know much about Mr.Richardson but I'm thinking that even the Democrats didn't want Hillary, why they would want "the rest of the family baggage" is beyond me. I do hope you are all right about his resume. It seems good on the surface.
    To Terri Ann – they leak this stuff to see what the reaction will be if they really do make this, the choice. If the reaction is bad it was only a "rumor" if the reaction is good it was "my greatest idea yet".

    December 2, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Fla. Voter

    iQue bueno!
    Great to see Gov. Richardson on the new Cabinet. God bless America!

    December 2, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Eric

    Now if only Obama will do the right thing and nominate Rush Holt for Secretary of Energy...

    December 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. honeychild

    Another great choice! Pres. Elect Obama ,please continue to fill your administration with diversity!!! This makes me proud to be an AMERICAN!

    To Tusla, purchase a dictionary and look up the word "CHANGE" maybe you'll have a better understanding.

    GGTG!

    December 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. D

    He will do a great job anywhere the President puts him.

    December 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    bernj,

    I actually sent Campell an e-mail congratulating her for a wonderful piece on Obama. Remember Obama is not the Messiah and deserves scrutiny as much as any other elected official (something that was lacking in this past campaign season). I honestly believe that if the media was at all neutral Obama wouldn't have made it past the primaries.

    December 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Bill Richardson thought he should get SOS and that it was owed to him. I am sooo glad Obama is an independent thinker and put folk where he felt the best fit is. Even though he "may have more experience" than Hillary Clinton, there are so many other things he does not bring to the table. I think Hillary will be a more effective SOS than Richardson.

    December 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Steph

    Another good choice. So far so good President-elect Obama!

    December 2, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Rick

    lol...ANOTHER Clinton retread...and the dumbest man in politics.

    Change You Can Believe In.

    December 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Julie

    Richardson knew what he was doing when he endorsed Obama and threw away any sense of loyalty towards the Clintons. In perspective, it's really all about ambition and self-serving politics, and Richardson acted like a true politician. On the other hand, there's something about loyalty and being a man of your word that exemplifies a great individual. In my opinion, Richardson brought himself down a few levels under the burden of being considered by many as a very disloyal man.

    December 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Meh

    JP> You wouldn't know Marxism if it bit you on the you-know-what. Some of you are so paranoid, I swear. The US is, and always has been, somewhat of a socialist country...take Social Security, for example...but I bet you're not going to send your Social Security checks back to the gov't, in protest, right?

    December 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Yamini Balachandran

    real nice guy, real nice work !!!

    December 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Blue balloons

    Another one, out of the park! Keep going, Barack!

    December 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Isidoro from Germany

    amazing move President-elect! Go Barack! Change this world! All the best Gov. Bill!

    December 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Will, NJ

    December 2nd, 2008 3:56 pm ET

    Why would anyone want to leave being Governor of New Mexico, get to live in Sante Fe and enjoy the southwest to return to D.C. (not an inviting place to live) and do a repeat of a member of the Cabinet? I just do not understand why Bill Richardson, who seems to be a pretty talented guy, would want to do this.
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    Maybe because he recognizes his worth and instead of being selfish like the majority of America he's sacrficing his comfort to serve the nation.

    December 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Michael watching from Canada

    For those criticizing this selection for Commerce Secretary, who would you suggest be best for that position?

    December 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. LATINO VOICE

    I can't believe Obama is going to appoint Richardson. RICHARDSON is not only INCOMPETENT, but also leaves a trail of CORRUPTION where ever his carpet banging practices take him– not to mention his extra-curricular EXPLOITS WITH WOMEN that make Elliot Spitzer look like a choir boy.

    December 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Paul in Miami

    He's a backtabbing ... did it once will do it again. This guy can't be trusted as far as i can pick him up and throw him. I don't know what's so great about him. He even looks sneaky.

    December 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Bridgette-PA

    TJ Johnson- Why are you blogging? I thought you left for the moon on November 4th at 11:30 PM? Since you haven't, why don't you take up a offering and we would be glad to get rid of yet another divisive loser in this country!

    December 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. christi

    To J.P.

    Apparently you know nothing and are an idiot...

    December 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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