Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China
December 18th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is planning to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China, a Democratic official told CNN.

The Montana Democrat is retiring from Congress.

A longtime Baucus friend and confidante speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN's John King the Senator informed him directly that the China appointment was true.

A spokesman for Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and a close friend of Baucus, confirmed to CNN's Paul Steinhauser that Hatch told the Washington Post that Baucus is the ambassadorial pick.

Baucus had no comment when asked about the appointment.

Filed under: Max Baucus • Obama administration
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. www.kazurisana.com

    One of the best appointments the president has ever done. Sen Baucus is a man of genuine integrity. He is bound to serve this country with humility and commitment.

    December 18, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. W

    Baggers are sure to look for an excuse to whine about this too.

    December 18, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Billy Shears

    When asked why him, Obama said "Just Baucus"

    December 18, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Erick Holmes

    Only question I've got is, is he qualified for this or is he being picked for some stupid reason.

    December 18, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. the_dude

    Send him over there so he will stop talking smack about obamacare

    December 18, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Jesus

    The bad air in China probably would cut his life expectancy by a few years.

    December 18, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Cass Blaine

    So what qualifications does this guy have? Other than being a democrat who needs a job.

    December 18, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. jamie

    anyone still care what obama thinks?

    December 18, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. icstupidppl

    Max Baucus has been one of the most corrupt politician in Congress for years. He's accepted millions in contribution from insurance and health care lobby groups ( most of any senator), while being key architect of the healthcare reform law. Anyone see this as a conflict of interest? People like this would be fired working anywhere else yet in the government they are given gift appointments.

    December 18, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. JohnRJohnson

    China ia good place for Max. Anyplace but Congress.

    December 18, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Chris

    Good, that is one more Obama clone out of the Senate and a good place for the Senator, overseas. Thank god. These Obama clones that are up for reelection better start applying for other jobs after taking us to the cleaners regarding Obama care, voting against the vets, raising our taxes, and for having the biggest fool over the Senate.

    December 18, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Freedom Storm

    Well. An Obamaphite is leaving the country. One down ............................

    December 18, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Edward

    Very cushy job.

    December 18, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. TNT

    There's an Obamacare vote payoff.

    December 18, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. 21k

    yeah, keep sending your party's senators to cabinet and other posts. the gop will soon gain the upper hand in the senate and all but eliminate the government. real smart.

    December 18, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Jason

    President Obama ends the year in negative territory on his overall job performance, as well as on measures of honesty and leadership
    (Fox News)

    December 18, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. jewoodbur

    Oh Goody..Another slot to be fulled by anyone but another liberal! You go, Montana! And why would the Senator retire unless he knew his re-election was doomed. So BHO rewards an ally...

    December 18, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. flordel

    China needs a new US ambassador. US needs to represent the whole USA.

    December 18, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. ok

    t-bags will find something to complain about or their autism will force them to insanely offtopic.


    December 18, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. JMan

    If you hire a weak man to be ambassador to the second most powerful nation on Earth, than they'll walk all over you

    December 18, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. VladBudapest

    What are the credentials for such an important appointment of this donkey?....and the answer is: He will do and say anything Obama commands.

    December 18, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. srcactus

    Heh heh, The Corn husker kickback has becme the China Syndrome

    December 18, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. are122

    I was hoping he'd send Harry Reid to China.

    December 18, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. One Down

    One down, 49 to go. This is one of the few things Obama has done I like. Send them all to China.

    December 18, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Blindchange

    More political payoff

    December 18, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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