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. Lisa, Saugus MA

    I think Richardson would be better in the Energy spot. That is what he did in the Clinton administration and he was good at it.

    November 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. sally

    He would have been a much better choice for Secretary of State.

    November 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. True Blue , West Coast

    He is still a JUDAS !!!!....

    November 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Sheila

    America it is time to wake up! The people he is picking to help run his administration need to have proven experience so he does not have to feel the need to micro manage. He is basically taking on a Henry Ford approach by bringing in the most talented, capable and confident people so he can spend his time looking at the big picture. He has taken on a monumental task and does not need to be overburdened with a lot of newbies with no previous white house experience. It only takes one person to make a change so quit throwing stones and sit back, wait and watch! Stop living up to the reputation of Americans, a country with no patience. After all, we did not get in this mess overnight and are certainly not going to get out of it overnight. Ask yourself the question; were you this critical of the current administration? If you weren’t perhaps you should have been!

    November 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Obama The King?


    Bill Richardson is certainly qualified for any position – he can CHANGE into anything at will!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Mi Yow

    Check it out Democrats, no matter who you voted for in the 2008 Primary, you still win!! They're all coming on board!!

    Hold me.

    November 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Cami

    Obama Victim "wow………………another "new" face…………..this really is "change we an believe in"

    Bill Richardson will be an excellent choice for any position in the new administration.

    The "change" we are looking for is a change from the Bush policies of the last 8 years, not necessarily all "new" faces. So far, the people PE Obama has chosen are all intelligent, experienced people who will help bring that change.

    November 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Tom Dawson

    I don't feel that a lot of your "Comment People" quite get what President Elect Obama et al are doing in the way of building up an absolutely great cabinet – created along the lines of a Roosevelt or Kennedy cabinet. Whew – talk about brains, youth, abilities, energy, interest and such – this new government will have it all. Be very glad U.S.A.!

    November 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. SJC

    To Obama Victim,

    Great name! It looks like Obama is putting together an all star team that might make serious headway in getting this country out of the Bush disaster. And then whom can you blame? You certainly will be a victim of Obama's success, poor thing. LOL!

    November 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Rick

    God help us. Bill Richardson is the dumbest man in politics.

    November 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. colocit

    Correction to my earlier post. Jeffrey Toobin

    November 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Laura, Boston

    Another Clinton-era appointee!! I still would like to know who the fresh faces are we are going to see.

    Does anyone think he will offer Claire McCaskell a position in the cabinet. She has been with him from the get go! I don't know if MO has a republican governor and if taking her out of the Senate would mean a republican replacement than she may not get the position. After all if Janet Napalitano of AZ leaves, she has a Republican LT. Gov taking over.

    November 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Gary of LA

    TRAITOR!!!!!! HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. GOP Lost

    They should stop with the Clinton nonsense , Richardson is more qualified for Secretary of State than she is

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Mickey

    I think the biggest change is that we'll see an administration that actually works. That'll be the polar opposite of the administration that's been in Washington the last 8 years.

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Kjetil

    I think he will do well in any post

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. John

    Richarson for Sec of STATE! No more the Clintons to dangle her jewelry around her neck. I am sick of her. Bill Richarson-Sec of STATE!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Lifelong Democrat Lorna Hanson Forbes

    How nice for this trader to want to work with Barack Hussein Obama, Junior.

    What has the world come to?

    November 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. John -- White Plains, NY

    Hillary or Richardson are both qualified for the Secretary of State position. Let's not forget Hillary's 18million+ votes...subtract half of that # from Obama's total, and guess what folks, McCain would be President-Elect and a former Ms. Alaska wanna be would be VP-Elect . - Lighten up patient...change comes from within..

    November 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Alex

    I am very happy Hillary Clinton is apparently going to beat out Richardson for SoS job. She is far more qualified than Richardson could ever be. But watch your backside Barrack Obama. We've already seen what Richardson will do just to get ahead.

    November 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. SAB

    Some of the comments on this blog is really stupid. First of all, Hillary will do just fine as SOS. Bill will do fine as SOC. Each of them ought to consider it a privilege to be of a service to our country not to mention the current issues that we face as a nation. All of this egotistical crap makes no sense. It's all about being a team player.

    November 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Jameson S.

    I think he is such an opportunistic prick just like OBAMA...... free-rider! No work done but gains a lot!

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. James

    I'm confused about the people who are whining because Obama is selecting people with experience. Do you want him to select inexperienced people because inexperience = change? Why can't he choose experienced people, and as our leader, change the way they do business? To expect Obama to choose inexperienced people to lead our government is reckless and irresponsible.

    It seems to me the people who are now criticizing Barack Obama for selecting experienced people to be in his cabinet are the same people who criticized him during the campaign for not having enough experience to be president.

    Some people are going to criticize Obama regardless of what he does because there is nothing he can reasonably do to satisfy them. He simply needs to ignore these people because giving them attention is just a waste of time and energy.

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Edgar Florida

    Richardson is a JUDAS!

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Bob from NC

    He is "the" choice for SoS. But, he will do fine wherever.

    November 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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