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. joe

    end of Bush error!

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Krystyn

    Those decrying the "lack of change" were never Obama supporters, this is clear from your comments.

    Let me remind you that you wanted McCain. Let me remind you that he wanted to change NOTHING.

    So please do not sit there and complain that YOU aren't seeing change. Its hypocritical and small.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Take The Old Plastic Off Your Chairs Times Have Changed

    Thank you Obama so what he has some people from the old days if they can come in and get the job done so be it we need help and fast look at the stock market it had it's biggest gain ever we all know stock goes up and down some say when Obama became the elect stock market went down now what do you have to say today...

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Kal Ven

    Governor Richardson is a good candidate to be considered for either Secretary of State or Commerce Secretary. The only thing I don't like about him is his long winded talks. He has to learn to be precise and to the point.
    Richard Holbrook will be a better Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton. Unlike Hillary, Richard doesn't come with any past baggage (like coming under sniper fire when she visited Bosnia). If Obama has definitely made Hillary his choice for Secretary of State (SOS), then he would perhaps end up disappointing many people who voted for him. May be she would help him if there is a call at 3 a.m. God knows.

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    This guy looks hispanic. Hey.....

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Mj TX

    Richardson deserves any post and l am happy for him any post he will be appointed to. He supported Barack and yet he was very close to the Clintons.

    About Hillary, she can have the SOS post Barack is the president-elect and that the reality. l do not mind if she takes it because aside politics she campaigned for him in the end and was much better than her husband Bill. Youall have to remember that, it was during their years things were much better. l could quit one job and get the next one in the same day. These days you will be lucky if you got a PT job at a 7-11. My paycheck was enough to cover my bills and put enough in my savings these days l can barely make it to work the next day.

    Barack is a very smart man and we all need to give him a chance. It may look as though he's bringing in the same people who had been in Clinton's administration but they understood how to do things and they have the experience. He will bring in other people as well but he is trying to get the best. If you want this country to go in the right direction then let him pick the best we may not agree with all his picks but it could be alot worse if we got the McsameMcPalin.

    Many people underestimated him but and look how he run his camp the best l have ever seen in the history not that l was born here but l read American History. l am lucky l got a chance to vote.

    Give him a chance!!! things will get worse before they get better. Rome was not built in one day. The crisis we're in did not happen in one day.

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. New Mexico voter

    As a fellow New Mexican, I know Bill Richardson wanted to be SoS. Bummer.

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. riccarlo, Cal

    Gov. Richardson has served his country well; he will be a fine Secretary of Commerce or, better yet, of Secretary of State, depending on what Hillary does; either way, he'll benefit the nation.

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Moussad

    I like Bill Richardson. I think it would add to the historic significance of Obama's election if Bill becomes the first Latino to be SoS. But Hillary seems to be edging closer to the SoS post everyday. In that case, I would rather see Bill appointed as Energy Sec. than Commerce Sec. because i like the ideas he put forward on energy independence for the US, and am not so sure about his position on free trade particularly NAFTA and AGOA

    November 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Rob Johnson

    I really like Richardson. Frankly, I think he would make a better Secretary of State than Hillary, but I'm glad Obama will include him in his administraion, even if Commerce is a fairly low-level Cabinet job.

    Remember, Richardson's endorsement of Obama was a very big deal at the time, considering his connections to the Clintons. He and Ted Kennedy played a very big role in getting Obama elected.

    November 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. JIMMY







    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Alexa

    I guess Bill "Judas" Richardson got his wish...We can't trust a traitor!
    It's the Clinton White House without Clinton. Change?

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |

    please keep Judas OUT of the WH

    November 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Kenneth

    Richard – Where else is Obama going to find experienced people except those who worked under Clinton? Would you prefer he hired some kids straight out of college?

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Leslie

    At least there won't be any drama in Commerce. State will fill up all of Barack's time, and not because of Al Quaeda, but because of Hillary.

    November 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Jon

    I'm sick of people saying "where's the change."

    The change is simple: a change from Bush and failed Neo-Conservative policies.

    Richardson is an able and competent statesman. He will excel regardless of the cabinet position he's offered. Excellent choice.

    November 21, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. sarju

    I must put my two cents in this discussion to you who are complaining about every choice. Are you guys thinking about the broblems this country is faced with? Do you not think it makes sense for Obama to bring his well trusted people like Richardson in the area that is most talked about( the economy) if you are not thinking, his success or faileur hangs on how well he puts together the team that drives the economy of this great nation, it is not foreign policy right now. so thing about and be happy that he is bringing his mosted trusted people around.

    I am not a citizen but you all ned to shut up a little bit and see what a team he is putting together.

    November 21, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Mary

    This guy needs to go HOME!!! And stay there!!!

    November 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Richardson supporter

    Richardson was my favorite pick for VP. I think Obama knows that Richardson really belongs in the State Dept. I think Hillary will move on to the SCOTUS after the first vacancy. She will be a force to be reckoned with, and I think she'll serve this country well. Then we'll see Richardson go where he belongs - SoS.

    November 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. ananymous

    Time for a clean shave bill.

    November 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Baze

    I guess "on track" is the new catch phrase

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. FLewis

    I think Richardson deserves the SOS post. Hillary does not deserve any post with Obama. I really hope the SOS post is give to Richardson.

    November 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Jenny

    I wonder what all you people would be thinking if he named Sam Smith as Secretary of State, John Jones as AG, Brian Beach as Commerce Secretary, and Carol Crawford as Energy Secretary.

    I bet you would all be moaning and groaning because you had never heard of these people and they don't have any experience. blah blah blah.

    There is no-one in the Bush Administration Father or son, worth hiring, and people in the Carter administration are too old, so where does Obama have to go to get people with experience??? DUH DUH DUH!!!!

    November 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. AEB in Santa Fe

    Does anyone remember how as Sec of Energy, this man was sued for leaking Wen Ho Lee's name to the press in an attempt to smear Dr. Lee? How he then thwarted efforts to uncover the full extent of Chinese nuclear weapons espionage at the National Laboratories? How he awarded a plum federal job to his bodyguard? How his girlfriend was given a DOE job to get her out of the state? How he waited till after the Hispanic rich Texas primary won by Clinton, to endorse Obama?
    We can do much better than this!

    November 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Rob

    Richardson should be Secretary of State. He has experience he can call his own!

    Hillary Clinton, God love her, is going to be feeding off her fame and her spouse. Period.

    November 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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