December 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Salazar Obama's choice for interior

Salazar is a senator from Colorado.

Salazar is a senator from Colorado.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is set to tap Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado as his nominee for secretary of the interior, two transition officials told CNN Monday.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Bad move. He's been trying to lock up the Roan Plateau and oil shalefrom energy development for years. He is no moderate.

    December 15, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Brian

    He would... get ready for the reign of the far left environmentalist wackos. It would be funny if it didn't cause so many problems.

    December 15, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. james

    I love Obama but i believe he is trying to hard to please too many people. his best surrogate during this whole process was Sen. Claire Mccaskill from missouri. She should have gotten first dibz on any cabinet position. His second best surrogate was Dr. Susan Rice. She should have been Secretary of State, Hilllary should have been Attorney General. His third best was Sen Kerry. Where is he at? These three aforementioned were Obama's top three attack dogs during both the primaries and the general election, save sen Biden. Sen. Mccaskill was his first surrogate to attack Sen Mccain's age when the republicans and the media had Obama scared to bring up Sen Mccain's age, which opened up the floodgattes.

    December 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    Please Barack STOP taking all the good Senators. You are leaving this country open for a wholesale auction of Senate seats.
    There must be qualified people who are not currently in the US Senate. He is a great choice but PLEASE stop taking the Senators!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. Alistair


    Who care if he as hardly in African Americans on the cabinet as long as they're qualified.

    December 15, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. Casey

    I do wish he'd leave some of these great senators in their offices... so they can be incumbents at some point!

    What about people like John Hall (NY) or Ret. General Wesley Clark? I've been really disappointed that Clark's not been tapped for some purpose... he's been out of the picture since that whole "being a POW doesn't make you experienced to be President" which turned out was completely on the money...

    John Hall is Native American and his politics are those of Obama. He's also quite an activist in the environmental movement. He would have been good for this spot...

    go Obama Black Eagle! we can't wait 'til you are our president!

    December 15, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Matt

    @ Brian

    Yeah yeah, we should divide the country in half and our half can try to help the environment and you can live in the half full of car farts and oil slicks.

    December 15, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Phil

    Does this mean that there are now 2 mexicans in Obama's cabinet??

    December 15, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. tim

    The President elect still has a race to the White House. Will they indict
    before the 1st night? If the Gov. goes to trial and the Rezko tapes are
    released all these nominations will go with the wind and act like
    "Obama who"?

    December 15, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Hey Ule--the next Attorney General is black, as is the next head of EPA.
    Don't worry, unlike the current administration, there will be real diversity in the next one.

    The funny part are the posts saying Salazar is on the right, next to the posts saying he is way left. If you are not sure folks, do some research first.

    December 15, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    @ Watered Down.........Writing

    Obama said he's going to be bi-partisan so does it really make a difference?

    December 15, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @Ule...I could have sworn that the ATTY Gen was a black if it really makes a difference.

    December 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Morgan

    Ule – are you blind? Holder is a black man. Besides he's picked a lot of quality people. Unless you want all outsiders and are upset that he is picking people that have experience in Washington, it's hard to really argue.

    December 15, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    For some of you who say Salazar is way left...

    ...well after seeing what way right has done last 8 years I'll take way left.

    December 16, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Ramon

    Ok this is very suprising to me that Ken Salazar would laeve the Senate to become Sec. of the Interior. Everybody must really think that something special is going on in this adminstration becaue they are giving up some good seats to serve. I am also suprised that he would take a Seantor from a seat in a swing state.

    December 16, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  16. Anonymous

    candidate appointments should NOT be based on people that are their best surrugates... the last 8 years is perfect evidence of what happens when you only surround yourself with people that agree with you

    December 16, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  17. Armando

    I live in CO. I was somewhat happy with Salazar until he voted for the bailout. He's just another democratic puppet. He'll fit in good with Obama and his lack of economic understanding. 😦

    December 16, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  18. bsmith171

    can he read?

    December 16, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. Kona

    Oops, I forgot about the next head of the EPA, she's black too. That's 4 total (two men, two women), not including Obama and not including the white house staff (V. Jarret, the Social Secretary, etc.)

    By the way, I'd argue that this is most diverse Cabinet I've ever seen (South Asian, East Asian, Latino, Black, White, Gay Straight, Old, Young, Democrat, Republican... and most importantly QUALIFIED!!!)

    What's not to like?

    December 16, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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