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Richardson does not rule out Obama post

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) delivers remarks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver on August 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) delivers remarks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver on August 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch) | License Photo

SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he has not ruled out serving in the Obama administration as secretary of state or another high post.

Richardson said in a news conference with New Mexico reporters that he hadn't spoken with President-elect Barack Obama since before Election Day and declined to say when the two would speak again.

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On election night, he told the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal: "I'm not looking for a job, I haven't had any conversations about a job -- but I'm not going to preclude anything."

NBC News reported that during a conference call with other Western states leaders, Richardson said nothing when asked whether he had been contacted about a job by the Obama camp.

Other positions he may be considered for include president of the World Bank, which helps developing countries reduce poverty; chairman of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. interior secretary, ambassador to China or special envoy to Latin America, the Journal reported.

Richardson, an early candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, emphasized foreign policy issues during his campaign.

He previously was a congressman, a U.N. ambassador and U.S. energy secretary.

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