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. Ted:Canada

    U.N.: Gunmen kill woman while trying to rape girl at camp CNN Story

    Hillary! It is time to get to work!

    November 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Corbett

    I honestly think Richardson would be a better Secretary of State. He had the best foreign relations experience of anybody in the race including Hillary. Not to mention he is an amazing diplomat managing to be friends of the Clintons while supporting Obama. If she says no, they better give it to him.

    November 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Note Specialist

    Would like to say thank you for the informative content on your blog. M.L.

    November 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Steve

    Gov. Richardson is a capable man; with his quiet demeanor and infinite patience, he would have been a great Secretary of State. However, he will be good in any Cabinet position.

    November 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    I am so hoping Richardson will be Secretary of State and this hype on Hillary, is just that hype! Richardson bucked the whole Clinton Tribe and their nasty remarks about him. for doing what he thought was best for the country. I think he has more foresight that good ole Hillary! and would be a great Secretary of State.

    November 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Ron Fugate

    Governor Richardson would be a superb choice for any number of key adminstration roles. Commerce will be a key post and the governor a terrifc fit.

    November 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Mike from Anchorage

    It's always amusing to see what the right-wing talking heads are saying by watching the drones repeat it over and over again.

    Yes, this is change. Hiring qualified people to do important jobs qualifies as a major change over the last eight years.

    I'm disappointed Richardson didn't get Secretary of State, but Hillary will do well and Richardson will do great at Commerce.

    November 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. va rob


    November 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Randy

    Richard, the Clinton era was one of prosperity. The change will be from one of the worst eras of our time to hopefully another prosperous time. That is the change we need. If that takes some of the old Clinton administration, then so be it. They did us good, very good. Clinton was handed a deficit but left office with a surplus, while we are now faced with a $45 trillion deficit.
    CJ in FL-keep on working against the new administration. Get all of the staff to quit. Then we will have only one man to do everything. Oh wait, don't they call that a dictatorship?

    November 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. worriedmom

    I think Hillary will make a good Secretary of State but somehow does all of this Bill and Hillary thing make you wonder if Obama is doing what Putin is doing in Russia?? Who's really gonna be in charge????

    November 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Jon

    This is a strange post. You have the democrats who fight amongst themselves over favorites, then you have some morons who keep citing where's the change? To the morons: the change is getting away from devisive republican theory. Changing the king-like structure of the Bush administration. His campaign didn't suggest that they would staff only inexperienced outsiders. If that were the case you would be complaining about those choices. Simply put. You are morons. Things were great under Clinton, things are terrible under Bush. Obama will use alot of those from one of the most successful presidencies in recent times. To the in-fighting democrats, pull it together! Stop acting like children, Hillary has the experience, the connections, and the international respect. She is the best choice.

    November 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Vic

    Whatever kind of doggie the Obamas choose for his little girls, it will surely need a caretaker and groomer, especially if it's a poodle. He is such an expert with sculpting his facial growth, he's ready-made.

    November 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. hugh ~ california

    Bill Richardson is an good and decent man, but Hillary would be the better choice for Secretary of State. Apparently, Barack Obama knows something his distractors fail to recognize–the mental toughness of Hillary Clinton. He knows first hand how much tenacity she has, and how intelligent she is. If you want to negotiation with your adversaries you need those qualities. She has been on the world stage before and foreign leaders know that she commands respect for America’s place in the world. Obama knows what he’s doing.

    November 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Bush Victim

    I LOVE how everyone is complaining about Obama, when are President has already mailed it in after getting us in this mess. You probably think he's done a good job D'OH, put down the Rush-Aid and use you own brain, not the one that comes out of the box.

    November 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Jen, Cali

    Hillary Clinton should have been the Democratic nominee for president. Obama knows it, and the rest of the nation knows it. Well, apparently we'll get the next best thing - the entire former Clinton administration !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Just another CNN poster

    Obama Victim

    Your thinking obviously is that of a 3rd grader if you think the only meaning of change is people.

    The change Obama talked about was how he's going to run the government. Who is going to be focused on, the American people, or big companies like the past eight years.

    Invest in stemcell research and grow a brain.

    November 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. J White

    I thought Bill Richardson would make the best choice for Secretary of State. Why oh why, can' t they reverse these positions???

    November 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Celeste

    Most of you naysayers who are complaining about Obama's picks, are clueless. After all is said and done, the next administration will have the brightest, best and most competent people running this country. It will be two terms of great victory for the American people. Then again, maybe some of the naysayers are Republicans who are just scared that Obama's administration will be a grand success thus leaving the GOP out in the cold longer that the anticipated 16 yrs. Get a new life, and get used to it. Democrats will be in office for as long as it takes to get this country on track again, after the abysmal performance of the GOP over the past 8 yrs., By then, maybe you would have re-invented yourselves after much soul-searching. for now, I WELCOME CHANGE!

    November 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Jen, Cali

    Hillary Clinton should have been the Democratic nominee for president. Obama knows it, and the rest of the nation knows it. Now, apparently, we'll get the Clinton administration back, anyway.

    November 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. jm for sc

    For all the bloggers who are worrying about "Change" the change is in the leader not in the followers. The Changes will occur in President-elect Obama's policies not in the people.

    I really hope the media would give the new administration time to fill the positions needed.

    November 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Richard Larson

    The Gov should do well in any one of several positions. I list them in descending order: State, Energy, Interior, and Commerce. He would also do well, as already proven, at the U.N. Whatever, I am certain that Bill Richardson will be among the closest of Obama's advisors. The prez should listen to him on a wide array of issues.

    November 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Marcelino R. Gutierrez

    Hillary and Bill should not be trusted. They will not be subservant to Obama and will sabotage him whenever they do not get their way. Besides, after that landing under fire by Hillary she ended up with no credibility.

    November 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. TJ

    Personally, it seems to me that Bill Richardson would do a better job at Secretary of State, but I'm looking from the outside in, and I trust Obama's judgment. Hillary *is* a *tough* negotiator, so as long as she's willing to keep whatever dissent she may have about Obama's foreign policy behind closed doors (where I'm sure that he'll whole-heartedly consider everything she has to say), then she should make for a strong, influential advocate. I actually think that she should be particularly helpful if Obama plans to really tackle the seemingly impossible mission of a middle east peace deal. She's the perfect person for getting Israel to actually make some concessions, which is the only way that they're ever going to get anything done. I think the people of Israel actually realize this too. While we've been arguing about who is more "pro-Israel" here in the states, they've actually been negotiating and trying to forge a peace deal with Hamas for goodness sakes.

    November 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. joeyjnc

    To all the Hillary haters, get a LIFE! She is more than qualified to be SOS. The Clintons are known around the world and are very well respected, unlike some people on this post. Its funny how easily people forget what the Clinton's did for this country during Bill's administration.

    November 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Kenny

    Change doesn't mean forcing the left's agenda down people's throat. It means finding the right people with the right kind of experience to get things done. You might not like Obama's choices but he is picking the most experience professionals unlike Bush who picked people who had no experience whatsoever. These cabinet choices shows that Obama is smart enough to know that he doesn't know everything.

    November 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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