November 21st, 2008
04:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Sources: Richardson a 'serious contender' for Commerce post

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="After dropping out of the presidential race, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who had worked in Bill Clinton's administration, endorsed Barack Obama."]
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is a serious contender for commerce secretary in the Obama administration, two sources close to the transition said Friday.

The same sources, however, cautioned that Richardson could be tapped for another senior post as well. They do not consider Richardson's appointment to the Commerce Department to be a done deal.

Richardson, 61, was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Currently in his second term as New Mexico's governor, he previously served as ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary in the Clinton administration.

soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. bill for barack

    This man deserves as high a post as can be offered him.

    November 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. melvin

    obama has stabbed the latino cummunity in the back,richardson should have been the secretary of state

    November 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. luz

    he disgusts me.

    November 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. KLEE


    Change is coming – it just isn't what some expected – one man's change is another man's – SURPRISE!!

    The man (OBAMA) is doing his job and doing it well – he has vision and will see it through.

    November 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Nicholas from Nigeria

    If you think Obama picking familiar face is not change, then you got it because the change he promised is change of policies and not change of washinton faces.

    All you need do is watch how his 100days in office will be like before judging this guy. As for me i dont care if he picks a mad man from iran for as long as his administration is able to deal with the world challenging issues and make america more economically viable.

    Nicholas from Nigeria

    November 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Richard L McVay

    It's time to wait and see. There are many big problems left from the Bush time in office. It will take at least two years to make a dent in the debt and the unemployment caused by the sacking of the national treasury. Strange how all the problems came to light after a new president was elected.

    November 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Tex, Dallas, Tx

    I am deeply disapointed that Gov. Richardson was not the pick for Secretary of State.Richardson has a life time of experience and HIllary will bring us a life time of hollywood drama.God help us.

    November 22, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  8. Jackie, CA

    Obama only floated the idea of Richardson as Commerce Secretary after Penny Pritzker took herself out of the running and he realized that he is screwing over Hispanics with no important Cabinet posts. Hispanics wont be fooled twice.

    November 22, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
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