Officials: NH's Gregg on List to be Obama's Commerce Secretary

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ There's word that President Barack Obama is
considering Sen. Judd Gregg to be commerce secretary.

That from officials both in Washington and New Hampshire.

Senior Democrats say the New Hampshire Republican is among those at the top of a list of potential nominees being considered for the crucial Cabinet post. But they also say no announcement is imminent.

Gregg was the Republican party's chief negotiator for the $700-billion bailout of the financial industry approved by Congress last year. That alone would make for a tough re-election bid in a state that has no state income tax and a motto of ``Live Free or Die.''

Obama's first pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out because of a grand jury probe of how state
contracts were issued to political donors.

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