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President Obama named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday.

"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," Obama said at the announcement made near the White House.

"Gary knows the American dream. He's lived it. And that's why he shares my commitment to do whatever it takes to keep it alive in our time," he added. Read full article »

CNN's Ed Henry, Ed Hornick and Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report.

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