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. Clint Wa.

    He just doesn't want to get kicked out of the bedroom again.

    November 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Matt

    There have been a lot of people who have opposed this, claiming this doesn't represent 'Change.' 'Change,' at it's operative level, means not operating the way this current administration has, choosing figures for important positions based on personal and political loyalty rather than competence or qualification.

    I respectfully submit that placing someone as intelligent and as shrewd as Senator Clinton DOES represent some level of change, in that we know that the best interests of the United States will be represented in our foreign relations. I prefer my president select his cabinet among those who are the best and brightest this nation has to offer, and regardless of her 'negatives,' Hillary is among those best and brightest.

    Plus, she's a potential challenge in 2012....."Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

    November 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. DC-African in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is too funny to deal with...and he is one of the most modern republicans you can work with.

    November 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Pick Clinton: Get Lewinski

    With Hillary as Sec. of State, Bill will have access to the White House and Sec. of State's office-–Monica Lewinski will be in the hallways and under the desks before you know it-

    To add to the insanity, Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger will be in the Blue Room-–Bill Ayers will be making bombs in the Lincoln Bedroom-

    Can't wait to see this fiasco–

    November 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Anonymous


    November 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |

    Hilliary Clinton is knowlegeable and affable. I am happy to hear that she is being considered for the position of Secretary of States.
    I hope that it works out

    November 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Oakland, CA

    Obama will be making a huge mistake, to add Hillary on his cabinet, after all the negative things she said about him during her campaign! Why would he want her on there? This will not be the CHANGE he talked about, it will be the same old Bill/Hillary crap we already had for 8 years... come on........... Mr. Obama.... you said "Change", please pick new, fresh thinking people on your cabinet and give us all a break and a new start in this crisis our country is in!!!

    November 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Don Jones

    Why does Arnold have a say in this? He can't even run California and will probably get bounced in the next election.

    November 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Stu-Florida

    the BEDROOM... the only reason, pure and simple.
    He likes being back in the bedroom and out of the dog house... the rather large doghouse.
    Really... does anyone really care what T-2 thinks???

    November 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Dolly Adams

    I think Bill Richardson would be the better choice. Gov. Richardson has the temperament, experience and is more in line with President Elect Obama's views on diplomacy and political change in general. He would also be loyal to Obama because he holds and admires Obama's values and sense of humanity. It took tremendous courage for Gov. Richardson to endorse Obama when he did, bucking the Clinton political machine and holding his own counsel.

    I disagree that Senator Clinton has the tremendous experience that people are lauding. I strongly disagree that she would be the better choice because her ideas and strategies are not inline with Obama's views on diplomacy. She does not represent the change that is needed. Bill Clinton would also present an unwelcome and unnecessary challenge for the Obama administration.

    November 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. joni

    As stated above "Clinton would not comment on the speculation Friday." Of course she won't comment, she wouldn't comment when asked 3 years ago if she was going to run for President, and then she did!!! She is a lawyer, who knows how to NOT answer questions! If Hillary is on Obama's staff, then we will have Bill back again........ do we want another Clinton administration? I think NOT.
    We already had 8 years of the Clintons and 8 years of Bush...

    November 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Denis

    Why in the world does anyone care who Schwarzennner backs? Talk about non-news.

    November 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Jason

    Is it just me, or does it seem like Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the CNN payroll? Why am I constantly hearing about his opinion on absolutely everything? Is the perspective of this washed up actor and dubious politician more valuable than that of the governor of any other state?

    November 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. robert g parker

    What is Tom Delay doing on CNN? This worm, if it wasn't for "Texas he would be in jail. He even looks sleezy. Shame on CNN!

    November 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Rave

    Hey, go build your muscles as your brain weakens more.
    Nobody needs your suggestions.

    November 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. former gop

    I live in California and I could care less what what this fraud thinks. The people that I know who voted for him – I did not – only did so as a joke. He's a colossal egomaniac.

    November 15, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Sally

    Hang on a minute – Arnie is a REPUBLICAN Governor, married to a Kennedy (Dem), & spouts his support for the Dem party? Does this not worry the GOP? Still, I guess if there's some doubt over Obama's birth place, then Arnie could be in the running in 2012. The confusion is, where do his loyalties lie? Which party will he run for? Still, he's right about Hillary being the right one for Sec of State (even tho she REALLY should be President elect.)

    November 15, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Slider

    Arnold, the Republican Party is, at the present time, ridding itself of wishy-washy pols such as yourself.

    The game is changing, sir. I recommend that you take the first train out of the GOP at the first opportunity.

    You can form the line right behind Bush, and McCain.

    November 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. mark

    This is the only guy that can lead the GOP out of what it is today and we cant vote for him

    November 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Dax

    He absolutely right. I would go even further and say that personallity in this case is even more important. In these times more than ever other our government needs to present a truely united front to the US and the world.

    November 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. alpy

    if hillary doesn't want it Arnold should be the secretary of state!!!

    November 15, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. JJ in NY

    Don't do it !

    Clinton is sneaky and dishonest, and not to be trusted .

    November 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Ms Ajaye

    Why would anyone want to hear anything Arnold Schwarzenegger has
    to say concerning President-Elect Obama's choices. The way he joined John McCain on the trail and criticized this man. Tell him to go away and help put out the fires in California.

    November 15, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Hector from Canada

    It is very good to hear Governor Schwarzenegger to express himself about this appointment. For me was very dissapointing to hear the Governor, at a raly for McCain, to make jokes about President elect Obama. For me it was like to hear a teen in a school yard. That was the job of Governor Palin, who lost the respect of all Americans with her speechs. Now is time for reconciliation not confrontation.

    November 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. sol

    Well, I think we know who CNN is endorsing.

    November 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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