Obama Talks To Richardson About State Job Too

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Foreign Policy, Richardson, The World

Truth be told, Richardson is more qualified for the job, but having Hillary in there would be the most beneficial for an Obama administration.

And let’s face it, I’d rather have Hillary as our face to the world right now than Bill Richardson.

The details…

CNN has learned that President-elect Barack Obama spoke with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Friday to discuss the post of Secretary of State.

A senior Democratic source tells CNN that Richardson’s name has always been on Obama’s list for that post. Obama has also gauged Sen. Hillary Clinton’s interest in the post if she were offered it. If Clinton does not express interest in the post, then Richardson and others would be candidates for the job.

Why Richardson too?

Well, Obama wants to make sure he has two names floating around out there just in case Hillary says no. In other words, she doesn’t get special treatment just because she’s Hillary Clinton.

More as it develops…

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8 Responses to “Obama Talks To Richardson About State Job Too”

  1. Susanna K. Says:

    Just curious: Why do you think Clinton would be better as our “face to the world”? I just don’t see enough of the deliberate diplomat in her to make a good Secretary of State. She’s too much the politician, the game-player, the letter of the law rather than the spirit type.

  2. Mr. Unite Us Says:

    Richardson is the most qualfied to be Secretary of State.
    Diplomacy is his passion.

    Clinton’s passion is health care.
    The best cabinet position for her Secreatary of Health & human services.

    Clinton’s most famous trip is her exagerrated the trip to Bosnia.

  3. mw Says:

    Judas is back.

  4. Marcel F. Williams Says:

    Picking Richardson would secure the Hispanic vote for Obama and the Democratic party.

    Hillary would just be a celebrity that would be more concerned about her own legacy that getting the job done.

    We need a secretary of state who is willing to talk to other nations even if they’re not our friends. Hillary said during the campaign that she thought that was a bad idea.

    Obama should chose Richardson.

  5. Publius Says:

    I am not at all sure that Hillary is a good choice from Obama’s perspective. As I posted on my blog, The Purple Center (http://thepurplecenter.blogspot.com/):

    “…[D]on’t get me wrong, Hillary is great. I voted for her in the New York primary. But try to remember the last time that State was held by a prominent politician, much less one who entertained Presidential ambitions and even ran against the President. It doesn’t happen because a President can live without worrying whether his senior foreign policy maker is really, really on the same team and is not working at polishing up her own image, the better to run for President again. Cabinet secretaries should be great people but also people the President can replace without a political backlash from the cabinet member’s political supporters.

    “Let’s face it; Hillary would not be able to help herself. If Obama wants to be able to sleep nights, he’d be well advised to look elsewhere.”

    What looks like a great move now could wind up resulting in paralyzing conflict within the administration, and it’s the country that will bear the consequences.

  6. Henry Irving Says:

    Clinton is a power player, but not a diplomat! She would make a great Attorney General, but a disaster as Secretary of State. She can tell others how it is, but diplomats need to be seen as people who listen too.

    Richardson is a diplomat. He is likeable and listens as well as being tough when it is important.

  7. Will Ciccone Says:

    Nice move by the Obama team. They are covering bases in case she says no. Though I dont like the Obama machine or whoever he picks I will just continue to write about whatever happens.

  8. billyboy Says:

    Bill is a traitor and doesn’s deserve the job. He has no loyalty. Obama owes one to hillary and he better pay up.

    His words are cheap – action matters.

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