November 15th, 2008
07:24 PM ET
13 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. Tom Arnold

    i'm a friend of sarah connor, where is she?

    November 15, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. carol

    I don't really care what Schwarzenegger thinks, after his ridiculous antics on the campaign trail with McCain, his thoughts are irrelevant.
    He needs to worry about being Gov.....who knows how long he will remain in that position after his stupid remarks he made when he was with McCain....he may find himself getting booted off!!
    Thank heaven his wife has more sense.

    November 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Did you expect Arnold to say something negative? Arnold is a smart man. He doesn't want to be be banished again to the dog house by Maria.

    November 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. davidpollan

    and why do we care what this guy has to say??????

    November 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Joe Green

    Obama wants Hillary in the Cabinet or adminsitration as then she cannot criticize an administration she is part of.

    Hillary would rather be in the Senate, where she can take pot-shots at Obama, derail his plans, and position herself for a 2012 run.

    And Schwarzwnegger? Who the "F" cares what he thinks about anything?

    November 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. big daddy

    Who cares what he thinks................

    November 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. California Gold

    I still can't believe we have an action figure as governor. Not even a respectable actor who has fine tuned his craft. Nope, the California Republicans gave us this action figure who can't even pronounce the name of our state correctly. And now he is weighing in on national politics and giving advice to President Elect Obama. Arnie, just shut up.

    November 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. just a thought

    i think he is a democrat at heart.

    November 15, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Grover

    Yes, Hillary could be in charge of choosing the wine for white house dinners.

    November 15, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Ron , West Coast

    I would`nt take any advice from Arnold, he would love to see the dems. lose a senate seat.......

    November 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Who Cares

    I don't think most people particularly care about Arnold's opinion, but really believe Bill Richardson is the smarter choice for SOS.

    November 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Jaye

    I'm a firm believer that Arnold is a closet Democrat 😉

    November 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. dustin

    How hard can being governor really be, between a gov. Schwarzenegger, palin and bush, it doesn't seem difficult.

    November 15, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Hillary as SOS is an awesome choice – Something I was hoping for even back during the primaries.

    Plus, she gets Bill's experience to boot.


    November 15, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Who cares

    Who cares what Schwarzenegger thinks. It's a great move!

    November 15, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Frank

    First off he is not a Republican by any means

    Second who cares who Obama picks as this is all such a joke

    Change? Yeah, now his "Hope" and "Change" truths are coming out, as his "change" is only his so called change from George Bush who will be vindicated over time as was Truman for having courage to stand up to the lefties, and Change to a black president who no one has the guts yet to criticize and in a so called wishful colorblind society blacks voted 95% and better for him and Whites voted by a larger percentage than they did for Kerry many because he was black and they wanted to prove they were not racist!

    Could you imagine if whites had voted for McCain because he was white and then he had won? Blacks would riot as they always do when they dont get their way

    I can only hope now that this will do away with all of the unfair advantages on civil service and even SAT's that blacks get just for being black

    November 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Jan

    I hope the Clintons keep a close eye on Obama–he seems not to know which step to take next–except for choosing a puppy. He did surround himself with "old politics" group who at least are dry behind the ears–he also owes the Clintons for putting him in power. No change here–however, I feel a little safer with the Clintons in charge.

    November 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Cat DS

    Arnold, maybe you should just stick to giving the Republican party advice.

    November 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    This is priceless. "Change"?? Ha. All the old Clinton cronies back in the White House?? Suckers. This is perfect. More of the same crap.

    November 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Beverly in NC

    And his opinion matters why? He can't even run his own State and CNN makes his opinion a newsworthy story? Arnold has spent his life in a fantasy world of bodybuilding and movies.

    I'd have more respect for his wife's opinion. Maria Shriver has lived and experienced the real world of politics through her family history and her own dedication to community service.

    Hillary would be a valid choice but in terms of contribution to creating change that helps the American people most – I still think we need her in the Senate. She and Ted Kennedy can actually get a real heathcare plan enacted through leadership in the Senate. That is a far nobler task and contribution than the Cabinet post of Secretary of State.

    Hillary is capable of many things but I think we need her leadership in the Senate to get real solutions enacted to benefit the American people. I know she can make a real and important difference in that role.

    November 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Griff

    No Way! The only women she seems to like, appears to be herself!!!

    November 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. DL HUGHLEY fan

    PLEASE CANCEL "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News," !!!


    November 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. tiredofher

    I don't really care what Arnold thinks about Obama's decisions, who did he support in the election anyway?

    November 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. greenwalk

    What nerve : /

    November 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Phil

    Obama, must be very careful that he does not allow the "Clinton "slick" to engulp him. Clinton is bright but not a 100 million dollar bright. These are no more than influences fees by Bill Clinton. Be careful with slick Willie–remember "Change You Can Depend On"

    Bill Richardson would be a much better choice in my opinion.

    November 15, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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