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President Obama Picks former Gov. Gary Locke as Commerce Nominee

President Barack Obama named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession. Video by AP

That's what he did by establishing favorable markets abroad, where Washington state's businesses could sell their products. That's what he did by unleashing powerful partnerships between state and local governments, between labor and business, all with an eye towards prosperity and progress for all those in his state who had dreams of their own.

So Gary will be a trusted voice in my cabinet, a tireless advocate for our economic competitiveness, and an influential ambassador for American industry who will help us do everything we can, especially now, to promote our industry around the world.

I'm grateful he's agreed to leave one Washington for another. I'm looking forward to having him on my team as we continue the work of turning our economy around and bringing about a stronger, more prosperous future for all Americans.

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to -- to introduce to you an outstanding public servant, somebody I'm certain will be a great secretary of commerce, Gary Locke.


LOCKE: Thank you very much, Mr. President. I'm truly humbled and honored to be asked to join your economic team and to serve as secretary of commerce.

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