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. rita

    Yes, Hilary is right for tthr job, She is educated, well spoken, experienced and has stellar credentials to represent the United States. Now compare these attributes with those of Sarah Palin.

    November 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Veronica

    Is Richardson begging for the job just as he was for VP?

    November 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. CMJ

    I wish more Republicans were as reasonable as Schwarzenegger. There is too much at stake to play politics, we really need some good will from Republicans towards the Democrats. Dems backed Bush on tons of his endeavors (Iraq, funding for the war, etc.)...its time for Republicans to work WITH the Dems, not against them every step of the way. We have a country to fix.

    November 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    I wouldn't worry about Obama becoming "partners" with people, he needs to be liked too much which is why he spent his campaign ingratiating every racial, ethic and other group on earth. It's also why he's taking the Abe Lincoln model and looking for rivals to fill posts – because he needs to be liked. Boy is he in for a surpise.

    November 15, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Oh give me a break... Who really cares what Arnold thinks. He who can't even manage California problems is going to give advice to the guy who managed to beat out two old politicians in a down and dirty race to become president... I know CNN, you need to fill space. At least it's NOT SARAH Palin.....

    November 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Unhappy Republican now for Obama

    Arnold should learn how to manage a state before he gives Obama advice. California has a $20 billion dollar deficit.

    November 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Vence

    I belive that Richardson has more experience in foreign policy, but Hillary is not a bad option too.

    November 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM



    November 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Marge

    Since obama does not pick white women for jobs, only men it is doubtful that he would pick Hillary. First he and michelle are so darn jealous of her they probably wouldn't pick her. If I were her I wouldn't want the job to help him out. But then kerry and richardson are so whinny whinny and pick me pick me I wish she would accept if offered just to knock those two butts out.

    November 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Sylvester

    I don't trust republicans.Remember they wanted Hilary to be the nominee. They want Obama to lose his magic.

    November 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Gerri

    Who the hell cares what this idiot thinks. He is worst than Grey Davis!!! And I live in California and I know what I'm talking about.

    November 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. mitch

    who cares? he's a sissy!

    November 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    I agree with Arnold that Clinton would be a great choice. Forget about Richardson. It is interesting how during the primaries Obama criticized Hillary saying that just because she traveled around the world and sipped tea with world leaders didn't make her more experienced than him. Apparently he DOES think her traveling was important and gives her experience.

    November 15, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. aaa

    ok you can get lost now

    November 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Mickey

    And does anyone care what he thinks – CNN get a grip!

    November 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Gays Not Targeting Black Churches

    Blacks voted 70-30 to outlaw gay marriage-

    Yet their churches are not being attacked as the Mormons are.


    November 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Nan&Jak

    DON'T DO IT HILLARY !!!!!!
    Obama is setting you up. Making it moe difficult for you to run against him in 2012. JUST SAY NO.

    November 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Gabriella, LA


    November 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Anna

    I side with Arnold.
    It was appropriate to ask Hillary first.

    If they can make it work, the Administration would be the better.

    I dont know what kind of a presence Richardson would have for such a high-profile spot.

    November 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Texas Democrat

    The first time I have ever agreed with aa-nold.

    November 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Obama/Biden 08

    No offense to CNN, but you guys really could have found a better picture...

    November 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. tiredofher

    Been waiting for about an hour for my comment to be moderated! What's up with that? I think CNN doesn't want any comments from Dallas as I've left many comments and NONE of them have gotten past the "moderated" stage. This is the last time I'll be leaving any comments at all. Tim in Dallas

    November 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. john

    yeah and he backed picking john mccain too.....who cares

    November 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Jesse from Berlin

    Shut up already.... Nobody wants your advice...

    November 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Independant from NY

    Who cares what Arnie thinks?

    November 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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