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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

As I flew across the country yesterday from Seattle, I saw the cities and farmlands of America below me. And I thought of all those businesses, small and large, that are struggling, struggling to meet payroll, struggling to provide benefits to their employees, wondering about their future and viability as companies.

Most of all, I thought about all those families in those communities who are hurting and worried about their future.

Mr. President, I know you hear their concerns.

The American people and I fully support you and have confidence in your bold strategies to turn our economy around, to rejuvenate the health of American businesses, to preserve and create good family-wage jobs, to restore our country to an era of lasting prosperity.

You eloquently outlined your strategies last night on how America will rebuild, recover, and emerge stronger than ever before.

Working with the professionals at the Department of Commerce, I'm committed to making the department an active and integral partner in advancing your economic policies and restoring the American dream to all Americans.

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