[R-G] Obama says would include Republicans in cabinet
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Thu Oct 30 11:35:52 MDT 2008
Obama says would include Republicans in cabinet
Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:14am EDT
SUNRISE, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama
said on Wednesday he would include Republicans in his Cabinet if he
wins the election.
Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, also said he had "some
pretty good ideas" about people he might tap for senior government
jobs, though he emphasized he is focused for now on the final days of
the campaign and takes nothing for granted.
"There is a transition process -- that I'm not paying attention to on
a day-to-day basis -- but that has been set up," Obama told ABC News
in an interview.
Obama said he "absolutely" considered it important to have Republicans
in the Cabinet but he sidestepped a question on whether he would ask
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in his job. There has been
speculation that either Obama or his Republican rival, John McCain,
might ask Gates to stay on.
"I'm not going to get into details," Obama said, but he added that
national security policy, in particular, should be nonpartisan.
Other people mentioned as possible defense secretary picks in an Obama
administration include former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and Sen.
Chuck Hagel, a Republican senator from Nebraska.
Some analysts have speculated that during the transition period
between November 4 and January 20, when a successor to President
George W. Bush will take office, the new president-elect would move
quickly to fill key jobs such as Treasury Secretary, Defense Secretary
and Secretary of State.
Some public policy experts see a need for early announcements on such
appointments in light of the global financial crisis and the Iraq and
"I am not going to jump the gun on this," Obama said but he gave
credit to the Bush administration for its offer to make government
resources available to both candidates to begin the vetting process
(Reporting by Caren Bohan; editing by Todd Eastham)
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