November 14th, 2008
07:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama discusses Secretary of State job with Richardson

(CNN) - CNN has learned that President-elect Barack Obama spoke with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Friday to discuss the post of Secretary of State. A senior Democratic source tells CNN that Richardson’s name has always been on Obama’s list for that post. Obama has also gauged Sen. Hillary Clinton’s interest in the post if she were offered it. If Clinton does not express interest in the post, then Richardson and others would be candidates for the job.

Another source close to the Obama transition team tells CNN that among the key details to be worked out with Sen. Clinton, should she express interest in the position, are issues of how her husband, former President Bill Clinton would be able to continue his work with the Clinton Global Initiative without complicating her work as Secretary of State.

soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Dan, FL

    This will be a real change what was campaigned by Obama. Every step shows his inexperience and he wants to take cover with Clinton appointees. I am smelling disaster for our future.

    November 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Joe Green

    "keep your friends close, your enemies closer" Sun-tzu, the Art of War.

    It is clear why Obama first offered the job to Hillary. If she was part of the administration, she couldn't criticize it or run against Obama in 2012.

    However, it now appears that Hillary has turned down the job, so her intentions are all-too-clear.

    Expect Hillary to call Obama a "failed President" sometime in late 2009. She will form an exploratory committee to run for the Democratic nomination in 2010. She will try to wrest the nomination from Obama in 2012.

    You heard it here first. Now watch for it.

    November 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. tjohnson

    If Pres. Elect Obama can forgive negative statements made by Dem. party members and is willing to allow them to work w/his cabinet for the betterment of America. I believe in him. I believe that Pres. Obama will choose the BEST individuals, well qualified, well equipped, well prepared, well educated and w/qualifies that uplifts his vision, mission and duties as USA Pres. HILLARY CLINTON would be a good and probably his best choice as SOS. She has toured over 50 countries, has much international experience, well liked, intelligent, an excellent communicate, not like the R VP pick Palin. I WOULD RATHER HAVE HILLARY AS A REPRESENTIVE OF THE USA. She has demonstrated for over 20 yrs. her love, commitment and dedication on behalf of all citizens regardless of race, religiion, national origin or gender. GO PRES. OBAMA. HILLARY WOULD BE OUTSTANDING.

    November 14, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Pat Green (CA)

    Let's face it...she says she wants to be a senator, but her ultimate goal is to be President. Sec of State would be that stepping stone for her.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Ted:Canada

    Obama! Canadian Advisor

    It is Hillary!

    The impact on woman around the world will be huge!

    Woman have a profound effect on men in ALL countries.

    your worst enemies will be significantly "put down"

    Obama – it will give you the time to focus on the economy and
    regain world respect.

    Hillary – go for it!

    November 14, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Lauren

    I hope it's Richardson. Clinton would be a mistake and I along with many other early Obama supporters would be very saddened.

    November 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon

    Richardson betrayed Hillary Clinton, his so-called friend.

    I hope Obama doesn't pick him. I was a strong Hillary supporter and very reluctantly voted for Obama when Palin came on the scene.

    If Richardson gets this job, I will regret my Obama vote. Like in four years I will remember this.

    November 14, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. mitch

    president barack will pick who he wants ,when he wants.the media does not decide. the man gonna be sittin in the big chair jan. 20th, gets to decide who is qualified to take the country in the direction he feels we need to go. we elected him because of his sound judgement. i trust his choice, i just hope he considers gen. wes clark for sec. of defense.

    November 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    I believe Hillary would be an excellent choice for Secretary of State! She does have the foreign policy experience. She was First Lady for 8 years.... and traveled the world over as I recall!

    The change Obama promises comes from the bottom up, not the top down! Don't people LISTEN? Sheeesh... I was amazed at how Obama says something over and over again.... and NO ONE seems to HEAR! And that appears to Still be the case!

    Don't even get me started on Condi Rice as a choice.... it boggles the mind that ANYONE could suggest someone so closely aligned with the Bush administration!

    November 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. aware

    Richardson was so out of it during the primaries that I can't see him in any important position, and Kerry is totally uninspiring (and how about Theresa?)! Payback isn't worth it for these two!

    Hillary Clinton is a very good choice and Bill's Global Initiative will chug along regardless of who the Secretary of State is! 🙂

    November 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Patty-California

    Senator Clinton is by far the most qualified candidate for the position period.

    November 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. jenny

    i think she'd blow condi out of the water.

    she's much more a peace maker than she leads to believe. has to play tough to play with the boys. now there's a sensitive partner she can talk things through with. barrack + hillary are soul mates much more than.... well, nevermind.

    November 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Juan Grain

    They shouldn't be leaking any of this stuff out.

    November 14, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. JT Dale from Missouri

    I honestly do not see what all the commotion is about. I honestly think whoever Obama chooses for SOS will be the best suited for the job. Obama so far made these type of desions before on the campaign trail and look at wonderful choices they turned out to be. Look how much those choices has helped this country so far. Obama has done more in a week and a half than Bush has done in a term and a half. So whoever he chooses will be for the greater good of this country. He may not please all people 100 percent of the time, but it will be for the greater good 100 percent of the time. So stop complaining and get behind our future president's decisions, or if you still want to whine do not comment at all. Obama08&12.

    November 14, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. GA for Obama

    Dan, FL- FIRST, HE is the leader..SECOND..FOR THE LAST TIME..OPEN YOUR EYES, IDIOT..ONLY A FEW OF OBAMA'S PPL ARE CLINTON APPOINTEES..I'm smelling disaster in your brain..THE last PPL America needs are haters LIKE YOU

    November 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Perusing-Through


    1.} – Obama interviewed Senator Clinton for USSoS on Thursday,
    2.) – Obama interviewing Gov. Bill Richardson for USSoS today (Friday),
    3.) – Obama to interview John McCain USSoS on Monday?

    *USSoS = U.S. Secretary of State

    November 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. G.

    People, people lets deal with the facts here the last time Obama talked about Clinton getting tasked with something it didn't happen. You already know that Hillary will not get selected for the Sec. State job and if she does so what. Although, I'd rather see Richardson anything is better then Condi at this point.

    November 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. SA in OO

    Richardson is too "folksy" for Secretary of State. A nice guy with a lot of good experience in Washington, but I his personality would be better suited for Secretary of the Interior, than State.

    November 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Would that position be Bill Richardson's 30 peices of silver?

    November 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. Alex

    Interesting point by TrueIndependent... It might be the nature of the Washington insider circles as opposed to the atmosphere in a devoted campaign staff.

    I am hoping that he is being strategic and trying to separate of the wheat and chaff of the Clinton administration to take advantage of the former, rather than these transition and administration picks reflecting a recurrence of the Clinton years. We shall see...

    November 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. ME IN FL

    No to Richardson!! Judas will backstab the American people as he did to the Clintons!!!!! Hillary is suited for this job. She is an intelligent, hard working woman that has guts to stand up to anyone! She has the knowledge and resourceful. She will get us back the respect from the rest of the world that we have lost with this administration. Good choice Obama!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. J.C.

    Why is the secretary of state job offered to a less qualified Hillary before it's offered to a seasoned diplomat Richardson?

    Neither Ireland nor Bosnia had agreed with Hillary's claim of her forging peace in these two wars. The Clinton's foreign policy with Russia was such a failure that Putin rose to power. Dr. Fareed Zakaria of Washington Post would have been way much more qualified than Hillary. Why can't the Obama administration fill such a critical position to the best qualified candidate?

    November 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Emily

    Bill Richardson is where he is today because of the Clintons, and when he saw a way to further his agenda, he turned on them and started courting Obama. He will hang Obama out to dry to further his next agenda. Leave him out of this administration. He has NO LOYALTY.

    November 14, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Paul

    If all of can expand your memory Gov. Richardson was one of the best foreign relations people we've had in a long, long, time. Remember, he went to Iran and left with those hostages unscathed. He has earned a ton of respect from leaders all around the world. He is very qualified. I'm from NM and believe he was a better S of energy than he is a gov. This is his strongest point.

    November 14, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. tess

    boy,now this is change we can NOT believe in as with everything else the clintons say! just what we need – three people competing for who is really the president – my money is on {in order} bill ,hillary and last o'bama!

    November 14, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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