November 23rd, 2008
11:56 AM ET
13 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. Fire Hillary

    Waste of talent! Should go to Foggy Bottom! I'm with you Margo!

    November 23, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Turn Republican

    He's a betrayer. He betrayed Hillary and thought he'll get a chair next to Obama. Wrong he was not in Obama's mind. The person in Obama’s mind was the cheater John Edward.

    November 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Ray Fisher

    I'd still rather see Bill as Sec. of State in his expertise but realize that politics and the Clintons in general trump common sense!!! I just hope Hillary doesn't come under more fake sniper fire or watch too many John Wayne movies. As a New Mexican, I of course am partial to Bill, not only as the governor of our state but as a person. New Mexico is a big little state, big in land area with a little population and we routinely see our elected officials in everyday locales and just shoot the bull with them. Bill is one of our good ole boys whom everyone likes not only here but around the world. By simply chatting with him, he disarms with his humor, wit and wisdom. His self-deprecating humor was evident in his campaign ads as he is just like that on a daily basis. We are always proud of Bill whether freeing our hostages or sharing a Coke and a smile. He will do America proud anyway he serves!!!

    November 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Susan

    Obama is picking an excellent cabinet!! We hope to hear very soon that HIllary Clinton is the Secretary of State.

    Good going Obama!!

    November 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Rachel

    Bill Richardson loyal? thats laughable. People talk about the Clintons Obama better watch his back with Richardson

    November 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. sandra Bierman

    Obama so far has used intelligent selection for his political choices - very sound. I also hope he selects Hilary for Sec. of State. What a learned and capable team he is putting together!

    November 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. carment

    J.C., I suspect the multitude of Americans who have lost their jobs, or have to work 3 and 4 jobs to meet their bills, probably feel that the Secretary of Comerce is a darned sight as important as the Secretary of State right now.

    November 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. deedee

    I love Bill Richardson. He's done a fantastic job as governor of New Mexico. I hope too he moves up the ladder. I believe he is a man that can do anything he puts his mind too!

    November 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. jesuino leduino rosa

    good choice , is time to get the spanishes we they deserve.

    November 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Sammy Y

    is this Obamas Administration, or a Clinton Administration ?

    November 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Nope

    Disgraceful....Richardson is more experienced for the SOS job and fits Obama's policy better than Clinton.

    November 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Obama is building a cabinet of the best and brightest minds no matter if they are Democrat or Republican, or former rival candidates.

    We need people who can get the necessary work done and done well.

    This work may take a long time to complete as it didn't happen overnight so we must be patient. Have faith, Team Obama is very disciplined as seen during the campaign. This is the sign of change to come.

    November 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. arzai

    John Edwards would be the ideal Secretary of State

    November 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. jill

    what position is for Al Gore ?

    November 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Pamma

    What does he know about Commerce? He has been in the PUBLIC sector TOO long.

    November 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Joe - STL

    Richardson's diplomatic skills are just what is needed to help stabilize commerce, esp. with foreign countries. A good pick, IMO.

    November 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. john

    as for being loyal look what he did to clinton he is not loyal, he did a poor job as energy sec, and he would be terrible as president. but he fits right in with the mess obama is about to make.

    November 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Ben

    Now that "Status Quo" we can believe in........

    November 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Ben in NM

    The headline on your homepage says "Richardson tipped for Cabinet" - don't you mean "tapped"?

    November 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Archie H.

    Could this be termed the gathering of the nuts? (democrat style, All those who need paid off )

    November 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Jeffrey

    Anyone in government who has the power to stop illegal immigration and who fails to do so is a traitor.

    November 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. There IS hope for the future>>>

    Some people are questioning the word Change. It's going to take time and just because Obama is vetting/picking former Clinton people (along with Hillary herself) does not mean there will be no change. Change is what will happen on 01.20.2009 when the current admin. is OUT! THAT IS THE REAL CHANGE!

    November 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. CCT

    Richardson already has the job of Brutus...knifed the Clintons in the back after all they had done for him. He could have not endorsed either Obama or Clinton and looked like the Hispanic gentleman he thinks he is. Obama would have still come courting. So, the lowly job of SOC is what he deserves.

    November 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Helen K

    To my Children, Grand Children, and Great Grand Children:

    It's a beautiful thing! In all my long life and its been long one–I have never seen a any thing like this election!!!! All those thousands and millions of people standing for hours in line to vote and then gathering for hours to see the outcome. I'm so glad that I was able to witness this.

    For the younger generation who helped this happen I thank you and also for the older ones who had faith. Maybe all those companies who left the U.S. to make millions for themselves while their fellow men suffered and lost so much will have to make it up to them. The whole world was watching this happen and they are just as happy as we are. I hope you all remember this election –I don't know if there will ever be an other like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love to all PEACE FOR ALL

    November 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. CAROLE

    I am just ecstatic that Bill Richardson is getting an extremely good post and nothing less.

    I am an African-American, but felt that Bill Richardson showing his loyalty early deserves to be in an extremely good post all the long.

    **The Hillary Clinton I thought I knew, would have made me happy. I just hope the one who exposed her 'sour grapes', attention hogging and power hungry personality can be contained. I belive what is smart about Hillary as SOS, she is great for the job, but NOW her PUMAs will see the real story now.

    November 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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