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Pres elect Obama continues to fill out his leadership team with vanquished rivals from the primary campaign.
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson becomes the third former presidential candidate to take a job with the man who defeated him.
Course not a Major Garrett reports on the Obama pick for commerce secretary.
Another -- an appointment from president elect Obama another throwback to Clinton Era.
Obama name -- New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as his nominee to head the Commerce Department -- bill will be an unyielding advocate for American business.
An American jobs.
And -- world.
In the Clinton administration Richardson served as ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary he won the governorship in 2002.
He ran for the presidency this year but dropped out after -- dismal showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Richardson then watch the Super Bowl with the former president as Hillary Clinton sought his endorsement.
Richardson backed mr.
Obama's short time later.
Infuriating camp Clinton mystery Richardson now -- -- cabinet that will also include the -- Senator Clinton as secretary of state job Richardson avidly sought.
The governor addressed that off the top.
There are some who speak of a team of rivals.
But I've never seen it that way.
But rivals implies something harder edged and less forgiving.
Speaking of forgiveness Richardson will need some for his handling of the theft of data rich computer hard drives from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Richardson as energy secretary named -- -- as a suspect in the crime -- was cleared won a settlement from the government and Richardson also later apologized.
In senate testimony in the case West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd who ripped into Richardson.
You would never again.
Others you know -- -- city -- any office to which you might be appointed.
It's -- You squandered.
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Obama introduced Richardson by himself to highlight his first Latino cabinet appointment.
Latino voters played a vital role the president -- victories in New Mexico Nevada Colorado and Florida.
Still if confirmed Richardson will leave the department with the smallest budget of all the cabinet level agencies about eight billion dollars.
And half of that is devoted to weather forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The new president denied however that Richardson's post amounted to consolation prize.
Is pretty good job.
If its member of my key economic team.
That is going to be dealing would be more significant issue that America faces right now and that is how to we put people back to work and rejuvenate the economy.
Possibly but Richardson's most immediate tasks are -- is overseeing the conversion from analog to digital TV on February 18 and preparing for the census in 2010.
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