December 2nd, 2008
02:36 PM ET
14 years ago

Richardson to be nominated as commerce secretary

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Richardson is Obama's choice for commerce secretary."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will nominate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to be Commerce Secretary at a news conference in Chicago Wednesday, a Democratic source tells CNN's Candy Crowley.

A former rival of Obama's for the the Democratic nomination, Richardson served as ambassador to the United Nations and the Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Patty Soffer


    This is turning into the ultimate dream team.


    December 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. JL

    A diverse and smart cabinet. Richardson is a smart Dept. of Commerce choice. This is a dream-team Obama is puting together. I am impressed at how each new cabinet pick springs new hope with most people.– Well, except some people on the blogs who seem to take out their life's frustrations by anonymously being mean and negative. -

    December 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    Pres-elect Obama most definitely had to reward Mr Richardson for his support during the campaign, but does this particular job in the cabinet sit well with Latino voters?

    Word in the media suggests that Mr Richardson wanted to be Secretary of State, can we say he's truly happy being the Commerce Secretary?

    December 2, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Lisa

    And what does the commerce of secretary do again?

    December 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Ia Guy


    Richardson, you SUCK.

    December 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. dr j

    I am a great grand mother,christian,prolifer and an obamacan. i know that bill richardson would have made an excellent vp and especially sof s however I do trust our prez and I too is excited about his pick . Ihope that bill rich will get a chance to read all of the nice things that you had to say about him. Your nice comments fit him just right.
    Lets pray people and rejoice!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. David

    Should have been Sec. of state but a good choice.

    December 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. mary

    Smart people do smart things two cheers for obama.OBAMA,OBAMA.YES WE DID.

    December 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Proud Latino

    He's done a terrible job as Governor and they put him in charge of Commerce?

    This is a huge mistake !

    December 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Lisa, MD

    Good for him, the latinos came through for the Democrats so they deserve it.

    December 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. jane s

    richardson's ok but......what happened to the idea that a republican would find a home in obama's cabinet: ? namely chuck hagel. many of usd will be disappointed should obama fail to find a place for hagel in his cabinet. time is running out.

    December 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Clarence, VA

    I'll tell you why Richardson wants to move back to uninviting DC. He gets to sit at the table of history. He gets to watch how Barack works his magic in trying to get the Dems and GOP to work together. He gets to watch the first minority president up close and personal. In other words, Richardson wants to be the second minority president. He's in training.

    December 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. jane s

    this was not a duplicate and i did not state that earlier.where did you ever manufacturer this ?

    December 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Ron of Baltimore

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE find a way for Gov Richardson, Sen Clinton, and President Clinton to get back in each others' good graces. The nation's best health could sure use that kind of collaborative team again. PLEASE!

    December 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Desert Storm Vet

    What does he know about commerce? What does government know about commerce? Apparently not much!

    December 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. California Girl

    Bill will be fabulous. He was my choice until he dropped out of the race.

    December 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Joel In Corona

    Change... through sameness.
    Another Clinton White House holdover? Change? Let me know when you are going to get around to doing something REALLY different.

    December 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Phil

    Hey Bill,

    How do the leftovers taste?

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Ann


    December 2, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. curtis in WI

    I am so impressed with President-elect Obama's selections so far. Okay, there are two one I am taking await and see attitude toward.

    I like Richardson alot but Commerce? I need to hear more a bout his qualifications in this area. I'd have put him at State.

    And did anyone else notice how much he is resembling the late Sebastian Cabot (TV's Mr. French) since the beard?

    December 2, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. CMG

    Gov. Richardson is a superb choice. However, I would have preferred him in the Secretary of State role.

    December 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    Funny that 78% of Americans approve of Obama's choices which indicates that some very sore losers haunt this site. Amazing how so many believe they are mind readers or motive determiners when they discuss apts. and decsions of PE Obama and those who have accepted.

    Sadly, it indicates that the writers are the one who are motivated by what they will get out of something rather than accept that people like those yesterday accepting Defense positions are doing it fir the good of the country. Why else would they give up mire lucrative, less stressful and more thankful jobs to jave to deal with the criticism and derision of bloggers and pundits who have not achieved any where near what they have!!

    December 2, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Godluvr

    TO: TJ Johnson and Griff:

    Little ones; do your parents know that you are tinkering with the machine with buttons and a tv screen again?

    Go back to bed boys, it's another bright and early school day tomorrow! They're having pizza for lunch!

    December 2, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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