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. David Stein

    I hate to say it but I don't fully trust Hillary Clinton. Sure, she'd be good but she might, just out of spite, sabotage Obama. There's too much at stake, no, Obama don't do it.

    November 14, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. josj

    she would be great, richardson sucks

    November 14, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Dee

    Hillary is the best choice for Secretary of State. Would have made the best president, too.

    November 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Ecor

    HEW was my suspect for her cabinet position, if any.

    November 14, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. josj

    no judas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hillary yesssssssssssss

    November 14, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. joe

    Richardson GOD LOVE YOU! AND

    November 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Dexter Skagway

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. I am starting to feel betrayed and disillusioned, Obama. These people are NOT change. They may better that the hell of Bush/Cheney/Rove, but they are definitely not fresh faces with fresh ideas and approaches. These people are not about change; they represent the moldy oldie Democratic approach, not innovation and creativity. Well, at least Guantanamo will get closed.

    November 14, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Bruce

    Talk about pork barrels, this sounds like a set deal in exchange for the late support provided bty Slick Willie and HealthCare Hillary. Same Old Same Old. Nothing changes.

    November 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Ted:Canada

    Canada was RIGHT about Obama! – for Pres

    Canada is RIGHT about Hillary! – for SOS

    the rest of you calm down!

    go to bed it is friday night!

    November 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. RON

    I think that Hillary is just like any other polition that want to have power...

    November 14, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. Mia

    Loyalty's one thing – but look where it got your current President. He valued it so highly he surrounded himself with complete incompetence. There are more important things. I think Richardson is almost overqualified for the post, and would work better there than Hillary.

    November 14, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |

    Look I really like the Clintons but our economy is at STAKE as if she did not notice and she is playing "I SCRATCH YOUR BACK POLITCS." This is the very thing that American voted against and sent a clear message when they did not elect McCain/Palin's ticket.

    As Americans we have a job to demand excellance of our elected officials whether they are Dems or Repubs. Clinton needs to make up her mind or Obama just needs to move on. Enough already with CATERING POLITICS. I'M SICK OF IT. GOOD RIDANCE

    November 14, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Independent Fred

    Some of you really need to grow up...

    You Democrats have the world at your finger tips and yet still cry about Richardson supporting Obama..Conversely you applaud Powell for jumping GOP ship to suppor Obama calling him a visionary..

    So which is it you can't have it both ways kids?

    Richardson supported who he thought was best...PERIOD..get over it already..

    November 14, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. phil

    I thought health care was most dear to Hillary Clinton's heart. Why is she
    now intreasted in the Secretary of Stare post .

    November 14, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. GA resident

    The voters have spoken. We have elected Barack Obama the President of the United States. It was our job to pick the President, and now it is his job to make a decision on who he wants for his cabinet.

    Yes, we all have opinion, but the reality is that he is the President Elect and he is the one who needs a team that will carry out his agenda.

    Lot of people in this blog are saying, "This is not change". To me, this statement is outrageous almost. The job of the cabinet secretaries is to advise the President on their particular areas and then carry out the President's agenda. These secretaries do not need to be the names that we have never heard before, but they need to be the best in their area while considering that regardless of what their own opinion is, the President's decision is the last word.

    My last advise – don't make this harder than it already is for President Elect. We have big challenges and to fight about what we individually THINK about a cabinet position is simply a distraction to what could be the most effective government of our lifetime in first 100 days of Obama Presidency starting Jan 20th.

    November 14, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. 3strikes

    the so called judas to the false messiah? hahaha, this new admin is goin to be a circus

    November 14, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. J.C.

    I am really surprised by some still calling Governor Richardson Judas even after the election is over. This is the reason why George Washington was fiercely against partisan politics. Aren't we supposed to be loyal to our country before the party? Now both GOP and RNC can't contain their fighting in and outside the party. When can we work as a nation called United States of America for a change?

    November 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. Eleanor

    Everyone should give president elect Barack Obama a chance to be inaugurated and lead the nation, and select his cabinet,
    before you start judging him and his message of change
    He has to pick the best people for the job and he is trying to be fair
    looking at democrats and republicans for all choices
    I believe there are about 15 cabinet members or so
    Hillary would be great for the job and so would Bill Richardson
    look up his resume
    He has impressive foreign experience
    he could also be offered homeland security or something

    November 14, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. luz

    makes me want to puke that this opportunist is considered by obama. he is clearly being considered as a political favor.

    November 14, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. CMJ

    Either one would be fine with me.

    November 14, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Angela -Carle Place NY

    Hillary Clinton would be brilliant at this position, and Obama would be a fool to pick Richardson. I never got over the fact that he threw her uner the bus for his own political career, so I say yes, yes yes! She is an exceptional politican and would make Obama look good.. So I say go for it President Obama.. Choose Hillary... And if he picks RIcharson or Kerry, I will be very pissed. She earned it and deserves the post!

    November 14, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Boo. We want Hillary, not Judas.

    November 14, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Anna

    Jacked up Florida?

    there is a lot more at stake for Hillary than Obama.

    She would be forfeiting a near certain lifelong Senate career, where she could do a lot of good for her State, and perhaps again run for the office of the Presidency on her own merit.

    If she accepted the job, She would be banking on the success of the Obama Administration to secure any future hope of running for public office again. I am not dooming him, but anything can happen in this world, lets face it.
    And there is the Conflict of Interest issue which both Clinton and Obama need to be concerned with.

    I am happy that he is considering her for this. I hope it isnt just for show, knowing she has to say no.

    November 14, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. Lauren

    If you are a PA Democrat who voted for McCain then #1. Your are the Judas and #2. Who cares what you want? Not I!

    November 15, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  25. Anna

    the Clintons Made Bill Richardson.

    If it wasnt for the Clintons, you would have a Bill Richardson to be excited about.

    Learn the Past before you talk Change.

    November 15, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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