November 23rd, 2008
11:56 AM ET
14 years ago

Richardson expected to be Commerce secretary, sources say

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bill Richardson is expected to be named as the Secretary of Commerce, two Democrats tell CNN."]

(CNN) - Two Democrats close to the transition tell CNN that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is now expected to be nominated as Secretary of Commerce by President-elect Barack Obama, pending the final vetting process.

Richardson, one of the leading Hispanics in the Democratic Party, had been seeking the Secretary of State post but lost out to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Obama aides have told CNN that Obama is “on track” to nominate Clinton as his secretary of state after Thanksgiving.

The precise timing on the announcement of Richardson’s appointment is unclear.

Two Richardson advisers said privately that Richardson had been hoping State would be his prize after facing political heat for picking Obama over Clinton, but the governor is willing to accept another post in hopes that he will move up in the Cabinet later in the administration.

Richardson served as Energy Secretary and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration.

Obama’s pick will now mean that at least three former rivals from the Democratic presidential primaries will be in senior posts in the Obama administration - Richardson, Clinton and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. There IS hope for the future>>>

    To: Southern Hottie, The current administration DOES NOT run in the second term against the current emcumbent. Only another party can run. Obama will be the only Democrat that CAN run so, Hillary cannot run against him no matter what position (if any) she does hold. Just the same for all other Dems...

    November 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Alison, FL

    Good pick! Happy Richardson will have a role. Is it January 20th yet????

    November 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Callie

    I believe this job will take a strong person who knows what their doing. I can't think of a better person. I hope he is not upset because we Americans need him in this job placement.

    November 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Anna, ATL

    Hillary would never run for President in 2012 against a Democratic imcumbent (even if she stayed in the Senate) unless Obama voluntarily resigns or chooses not to seek reelection, but that would only admit failure, and this is not likely to happen.

    If it did, I guarantee all of you the Democratic ticket is doomed in 2012. And yes, her candidacy would be one sure way to get rid of her for good.

    Keep dreaming, Hillary haters!

    November 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. ME IN FL

    Bill should be grateful that he will get the SOC position. He just went with Obama because of his political ambitions wanting the SOS position.

    I hope Judas learned his lesson!! Regarding being loyal, he will not be, because he is not even loyal to himself much less to others.

    Obama you are putting up a great cabinet!!!! Keep you eyes open with Judas!!

    November 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Always remember voters. "Change" & "Hope" are empty words.

    November 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Clinton Fringer

    why do some people hate obama. he will be your president. so deal with it

    Probably the same reason people hate Bush, yet they didn't feel they needed to deal with it........

    If I was Obama I wouldn't turn my back on Richardson. Once a backstabber always a backstabber.

    November 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. geb md

    It has the gratest conduct with Birichardson to be the secretary of comerce..wiishing you great job

    November 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Jeffery

    This is a great position for Judas! There is no way that a back stabber could have been the Secretary of State. Great job Obama. I voted for you, but you have to keep this back stabber at bay. 🙂

    November 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. DOC

    Quite frankly, regarding Mr. Richardson's education, political offices held, and personal record of accomplishments, he would have made a far better Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton.

    Ms. Clinton sat on the boards of Wal-Mart and several other corporations which one would think would have a greater appeal to serve as commerce secretary.

    Me thinks the wheel was a bit squeaky...

    November 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Aida

    Poor choice. But, this turncoat weaseled his way in to Obama's circle. Mexican-Americans do NOT see him as one of our own. He will turn on anyone to advance his personal agenda.Sad.

    November 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. MONA


    November 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    I think the got used for the Latino vote and then gets a slap in the face when Hillary gets nominated for the position he wanted. Politics is a very strange bedfellow. Doesn't matter who you vote for, everyone is a puppet. I just thank God that I don't have to live my life like that.

    November 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Maggie from Virginia

    People are so silly. "where's the change, he's picking all Clinton people". If Obama is half as good as Clinton, he will be way better than Bush 1 & 2.

    November 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Andreea MD

    Hello ! I will like your onest , logical answer.Forget about being Republican or Democrat.Think about America about your needs.We know Mitt Romney who is himThis guy is brilliant in business and he sense America s economy and he thought that will be good to be president.His election was run with his money.He knew to administrate his money and if makes sense to go further.On another hand Hillary Clinton big politician with big money ( dontations) spent everything and finally she was in minus millions and millionsIf you remember everybody advice her to stop her campaign.Because she is ambitions and determineted for Americas cause like she said she had continued her campaign.And of course she was next to Obama to get her money back mostrly of time.Now my question is who is better for America in this financial crisis a Politician who spennd another people money or a smart business people who knows to make money and who knows to administrate money properly?

    November 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. caryn

    He'd have really kicked butt as Sec of State... too bad Obama chose Hill for that one. I highly recommend picking up Richardson's book. He's chalked full of experience, and I'm a Republican!

    November 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. jack

    Richardson would have been the better choice for SOS. Hillary should have been the Health, Education Welfare secretary . At least one goal was accomplished, getting her out of the Senate.

    November 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. amorew

    I believe Obama made a big mistake by selecting Hillary. she is not qualified for this position.

    November 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Hall for Obama

    Jack: "Obama ran as a candidate of change yet all he has done so far is name all of the same old players from the Clinton administration to his adminstration. I was hoping that he would bring some fresh faces to Washington when he kept talking about change."

    Bush will be gone, Jan, 21. 2008. That is change. I hope you can get over this in a manly way. Change is coming! If he pick every one on the Clinton team it will be change from what it is now. We are going to hell in a hand bag fast.

    November 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Saad in Sierra Leone

    A US government that is made up of individuals with the reguired international recognition and credibility and a multilateral approach to solving the pressing global problems. That by itself is change (from the recent past) worthy of commendation. I only hope and pray that these former rivals in the DNC primaries have by now dropped the curtain on that phase of their lives and will step up to the challenge to work as a team.

    November 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. JNC, California

    Socialism What? Thank you.....Some people are just natural born Haters, no matter what happens!!! In their eyes everything that is wrong with this country is the Pres. Elect's fault.. They need to get over it and try and be positive and help put this country back together, but that would be too much like right!!! YES WE CAN!!

    November 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Rosa

    Way to go Bill!

    November 24, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
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