November 15th, 2008
07:24 PM ET
14 years ago

Schwarzenegger backs Clinton for State job

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Schwarzenegger likes the idea of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State."]

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in on the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming President-elect Barack Obama's Secretary State, praising the potential choice as a "great move."

"I think she is a very very bright woman and very experienced. I think this could be a great move," Schwarzenegger told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview set to air Sunday.

But Schwarzenegger, a Republican, also suggested Obama must be sure he can work with his former primary rival before he officially offers her the position.

"When it comes to those kinds of positions, what is equally as important, and I know with my cabinet, what is equally as important as who is qualified, is who can you work with. Who can you sit down with and really get in there and start becoming a partner [with], that sees things the way you see it," he said.

"And also that you maybe want to learn from that person and admire that person so much that you want to pick up some pointers and learn from that person, so that they together can go out and do this," Schwarzenegger also said.

Sources told CNN Friday Obama met with Clinton in Chicago Thursday to gauge the New York senator's interest in the top diplomatic post. Sources also told CNN Obama is considering New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for the position.

Clinton would not comment on the speculation Friday.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. cali seadog

    Change doesn' t necessarily mean people, but change in policy. Like the policies of the past 8 years that ran this country into the ground.

    November 16, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. James Kight

    United WE STAND, Devided WE FALL.
    Let's face it. America has it's back against the wall.
    Lets do what we do BEST
    UNITE as a People

    November 16, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  3. BM

    Arnold has to worry about California burning. Sounds like Mississippi burning. He needs to go back to doing action films. Being a govenor sounds like the one from Alaska.

    November 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. BM

    Sounds like I could run for govenor if Palin with only a B.S which took six years to complete and not knowing geography is suffient, then hell, I stand to be victorious. I do have a M.A, plus. Don't know about Arnold. He never aroused my curiosity to even check his credentials.
    I think he won because people confused fiction from reality.

    November 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Jackie, San Bernardino, CA

    Arnold can't run California and he's trying to tell Obama how to run his White House! Why is this news?

    November 17, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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