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. Kevin

    Good Pick!!!

    All these people around Obama are very good picks. It is going to be amazing to see a Goverment ran by smart people instead of friends....We have to get out these mess and Obama is willing to sit down and listen to others.

    November 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |




    November 23, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Aliou

    What about Africans? None yet!!!

    November 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Huck

    All the residents of New Mexico should rejoice because we now rid ourselves of a Governor who cared little about our state. He gave tax rebates that he knew the state couldn't afford just to deliver the state for Democrats. Throughout his tenure as our governor, he has done nothing but prove he wanted to use this as a stepping stone to either the presidency or a significant cabinet post. Best of luck and goodbye to Bill Richardson!!

    November 23, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. mark from new york

    for those who hate obama. i want to remind you that he will be your president. so deal with it.

    November 23, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. ET from Omaha

    The clinton people just forced OBAMA to choose her as SOS with the media help just to block the way to Bill Richardson.
    Even though she is well qualified for the job and I have no problem with that I think it's sort of a revenge from Bill and Hillary for not getting his support during the primary.

    November 23, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. mark from new york

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

    November 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. IndyVoter

    To all who are dissapointed w/Commerce Sect'y for Richardson:

    This is a great position to have! Out of 60 million people in the USA, President-Elect Obama is choosing Richardson to be 1 of less than 20 people to run the agency tasked with making sure that business and commerce are growing and healthy in this country. This is especially important now with the economy the way it is! Our economy is going nowhere but up and Richardson will be a very big part of it. This appointment will be a positive force for Hispanics too, especially those who have small businesses or who would like to start one.

    Look at the good side of things instead of having a prideful and/or entitlement attitude. Richardson will be a fine Commerce Secretary.

    November 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Wisest one of All

    Looks like the racist empty suit hussein nobama has picked another business as usual/politicians as usual D. C. insider. The only change that moron nobama is going to give the U. S. is that he is going change us from the worthless bush administration to the catastrophic nobama administration. Proven fact!

    November 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Kara

    Being a PUMA, I am thrilled!!! I knew that Richardson was a turncoat and he is getting his just reward!!! What a lame man he is. SOC is a joke job. Used only for "political payback"!! It is STILL gonna be a Clinton Administration!!

    November 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Luther Powell

    So, after Judas "Bill's" betrayal of the Clinton's, Secretary of Commerce is all he gets. Joe Biden didn't endorse either Hillary or Barack but still got the VP slot. Hillary ripped into Barack mercilessly and still gets SOS. The moral of the tale is "be true to your friends".

    November 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Kara

    to prove my point about SOC being a joke job....without using google can any of you name who the current SOC is???? LMAO EXAAACTLY!!!!!

    November 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Andreea MD

    I hoped in change like everybody else.The big problems was with our goverment( coruption, personal interest, old people who doesnt know why they are in the congress, Clinton dinasty , etc.And hey we are after two years of fighting to elect Obama with big hope for 21 century, istorical moment for entire world, Clinton administration is back all that old patern.Where are those genial business people of America who knows to handle business.Do we need politicens like Pelosi or Clinton .Guys wake up now there are not money for politiciens.Dont worry about poor Clinton future he took care with his fondation .

    November 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Maggie SC

    I am republican but I am all for Bill Richardson getting position ofd Commerce Sec. I had liked him best of all the nomonies for the candicacy and may have voted for him but at least he will have some power in this position. Obama is doing something right.

    November 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Sleepless in NC

    To Aliou

    2 words Eric Holder...DUHHHH

    November 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Clinton Supporter

    Dear Mitch (the very first commenter):

    Yes, the PUMAs ARE thrilled. This is nothing more, and fortunately, nothing less, than a return of the Clinton Administration, complete with a real live Clinton.

    Now, I'm delighted that Obama never did have any young, fresh-faced inexperienced people in his pocket to call on in order to make "Change" a reality. He sure did fool you people! By now he's probably moved to right of Hillary, right on over to George.

    I conclude that "change" refers to a reintroduction of good manners. I'm all for that.

    Nowadays I'm enjoying the "no drama" image he's trying to build. This from the guy who parted the Red Sea, accepted the nomination in a football stadium complete with Roman columns!

    "No drama?" Give me a break!

    November 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. John

    Isn't it amazing how much change looks like the same old game? I thought Clinton was term limited? Well at least his team will carry on.

    November 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Anna, ATL

    For all the unwavering support of our President-Elect, there sure doesnt seem a lot of confidence in his choices.

    And the Clintons have always enjoyed international popularity...even with the WAR in Bosnia! How 'bout that?

    Hamas laughed at Jimmy Carter when they met last Spring. Our foes don't respect our Democracy, people.
    They are all about control!
    Their condition of women in some of these countries is living testament to that.

    Well, Hillary is ready, and a LIVING TESTAMENT of the beauty of our Democracy.

    November 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. John

    To Aliou-

    What about Africans??? He is the president of the United States, not Africa. If you mean African-Americans, is he not himself an African-American. Last I checked, the next Attorney General is also going to be an African-American. Let's not make this about race too.

    November 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. JB

    Hillary should have been president. Obama basically bashed the Clintons all through the primaries and now he is basically creating a Clinton cabinet. What a fraud.

    November 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Tracy, IL

    I really love how everyone has this crystal ball that allows them to know what decisions Obama makes are good and which are bad. All I can say is if you have the solution to our problems, it is your PATRIOTIC DUTY to apply for a job in the new administration. Otherwise, why don't you give him about 100 days to start governing before you begin your talk of doom and gloom or begin your talk of greatest president ever????

    To the person who said what about Africans?? Look up the guy who Obama offered Attorney General- last time I checked he is black.

    To those who think Bill Clinton should be given a cabinet position: learn your basics of government before speaking. Due to every single cabinet member being on the list of presidential succession, anyone who is not qualified to be president or would violate the Constitution by becoming president, CANNOT be on the cabinet. Bill Clinton already served his two terms. This goes for Arnold, too (not natural born)!!!!

    November 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Kara

    list of Cabinet positions in order of importance and visibility:

    Secretary of State
    Secretary of Defense
    Secretary of Treasury
    Attorney General
    Secretary of Homeland Security
    Secretary of The Interior
    Secretary of Agriculture
    Secretary of Commerce ( lol the Traitors job)
    *Secretary of Labor
    *Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Secretary of HUD
    Secretary of Transportation
    *Secretary of Energy
    Secretary of Education
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs

    *denotes cabinet position that could outrank the importance of SOC, in these times.

    LMAO So Richardson gambled and lost it seems!

    November 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Anna, ATL

    And when I say Hillary is the best choice, I of course mean for SOS.
    Obama knows what he is doing.

    And my first post popped up twice.
    Batting .1000 today. sorry

    Oh, someone said no African-Americans so far chosen?
    Not true. Eric Holder, his choice for Atty General, is African-American.

    I am proud of Obama; he is truly proving himself his own man.

    Thank you for recognizing the gift and potential of Hillary.

    November 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. CD

    Richardson should've gotten the position of State. Sooner or later, Mr Obama is going to start acting like the leader of his party instead of holding the door and catering to the Clintons. Last week when she started hesitating about the State job, he should've named Richardson. He's looking weak.

    November 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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