By and  on February 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama tapped Sen. Judd Gregg as his nominee for commerce secretary on Tuesday, putting a third-term Republican senator with a strong pro-trade record in the thick of the administration’s efforts to turn around the economy.

While introducing his putative commerce secretary, Obama stressed the importance of the Commerce Department’s role in an economic recovery and signaled Gregg’s experiences as a businessman, New Hampshire state official, congressman and governor of New Hampshire gave him a great understanding of what keeps the U.S. economy running and helps it function better.

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