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. alvino

    How is this for change you can believe in?

    All extreme right wing southern republicans report for work on Monday in their local cotton fields.

    November 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. petena

    Hillary would be the BEST choice. No question she has the credentials. It would be an admirable move. (Now if you heard Sarah Palin, that would be the most idiotic idea – but a good joke no doubt).

    November 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. theogracias

    George never amounted to much after such hype...

    November 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Simmy

    My choices:

    Emanuel, Axelrod, Gibbs, Jarrett, S. Rice, Plouffe, Burton, Richardson, Woman as Treasury Sec, Bob Casey, Clinton, Creation of a Civil Rights Liason Dept (CRLD) ,to act as watch dog over Homeland Security Dept, Colin Powell, Ken Hagel...

    November 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Griff

    I said this before, but in reverse... "I come not to Bury Ceaser, But to praise Him.... She hates his Gut'es. But then so do I......................

    November 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Simmy

    Correction: liaison..

    November 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    POOR Schwarzie.. his popularity has dropped in CA.. and he had to go out and "stump" for a loser; John McSame. He really liked Obama, but his party ties couldnt allow him to support a Demo, even if he is married to one.. Well, now, he can get off the couch and come back to Mama's room.. Im waiting for him to go away along with Sarah Palin..

    November 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Jeff from Jersey

    He's right.It's a great move IF they can work with each other.Hillary has great experience in the global community but her ego had better remember that Obama is the President and not her.Obama will call the shots and she'll have to toe the line with his administration and no bringing Bill into anything without her first clearing it with Obama.

    Whose going to keep an eye on Bill when she's overseas?

    November 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. lorraine

    Hilary would be just great at the job of Sec of State, do not like Richardson.

    November 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. thomas pedersen


    November 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Brian

    It seems that everyone is speculating on Obama's future administrative staff.

    I say patience!

    Just wait until President-Elect Obama's transition team announces cabinet positions when the time is appropriate.

    November 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. josj

    hes right clinton is thebest

    November 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Maybe Arnold is learning something from his wife? 🙂

    November 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Meka

    What does Arnold know. . . he's a Republican!

    November 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Nganga TX

    Schwarzenegger, you messed it up in Ohio when you joined McLooser in mouthing Obama. You should be telling us 'If I knew then what I know now,that Barack would win 364 Electoral Votes,I would not have goneto ohio with mccain'
    Obama had even talked of putting you in his cabinet! Didn't you remember tat part?

    November 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. w.l. jones

    I like Gov. Schwarzenegger as a Rep. but we Dem. is a close nit family. said enough.

    November 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. ABG

    Thanks Arnold!

    As one of the 18,000,000 who supported Hillary Clinton, I hope President-elect Obama did not invite Hillary to Chicago and then offers the job to Gov. Richardson.

    I am not sure why his transition staff would leak enough information to now turn this into a competition between Hillary and Richardson.

    How was that creating a win-win for everyone?

    November 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Dissatisfied in S.F.

    Who cares what Arnold thinks? He's a Republican. He's in state government. What interactions has he had with Hillary Clinton?

    Can we even value his opinion? The fact is: California is no better off now than it was when Gray Davis was governor. The other fact is: Southern California is on fire! With all due respect, governor, I don't think now is the time to be sitting around discussing Hillary Clinton's future!

    November 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Chipster

    I believe Arnold and his Republican friends would love to see Sen. Clinton taken out of the Senate. We need every Democrat we have in the Senate and House, especially someone as capable and Sen. Clinton. Taking her out of the Senate would be a major loss to Democratic efforts to repair the damage the past 8 years have done. However, if asked to serve, I'm certain she will help the new President and the nation to the best of her abilities.

    November 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Dandelion.

    She's too much of a hawk to be SoS.

    November 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Soft Republican converted to Heavy Democrat 08

    Schwarzenegger, while I'm a new Democrat this year and dislike you saying bad things about Obama and supporting McCain. I wish you well with trying to sort the proposition 8 mess out as well as the out of control burning forest fires, I've been to California a few times and California is one of the most beautiful diverse states in the Union. Good luck Mr Governator.

    November 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Kevin

    I am so Tired of hearing what Arnold likes and doesn't like, what he supports and doesn't support. He has the IQ of a third grader. His opinion means nothing and CNN needs to stop giving him air time.

    November 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Ohio lady

    You know what Arnold? I think before you suggest anything to President Elect Obama you apologize to him for those terrible remarks you made about him making fun of his skinny arms and legs and hinting that he is a girly man. How could you do that? It's one thing to criticize someone's policies, but another to mock their body parts or their looks. Perhaps that's a guy thing, or an Austrian thing, and even if Barack Obama lets it slide, it reflects on you. No wonder Maria goes around the house with a life-size cut out of Obama! You are very lucky she has put up with you all this time, and I hope that President Elect Obama will find some place for some of the Kennedys in his team, and who knows, perhaps he will find something for Maria to do!

    November 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. regina

    Does it really matter what he thinks...I think not...

    November 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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