November 7th, 2008
11:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Kerry, other Dems jockeying for positions

Senior Democrats say Sen. John Kerry is gunning to be the next secretary of state.
Senior Democrats say Sen. John Kerry is gunning to be the next secretary of state.

(CNN) - To the victor belong the spoils, and after eight years out of the White House, Democrats want to be spoiled with high-profile jobs.

"For every senior job, there is probably 10 qualified people, and it's hard to be the person to tell the nine that they are not the number one pick," said former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

Senior Democrats say Sen. John Kerry is jockeying to be secretary of state - and has a good case after endorsing President-elect Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

But some Democrats worry he can veer off message, just like Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John Kerry
soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. OBAMA BACKER

    Letter to Clinton and McCain supporter:
    After all the name calling and low down politics we have made it to this day. Finally we have our new President and it is Barack Obama. No more rev , ayes, our bitter gate. No more fist jabs, birth certificates, or celebraties. No more liberal socialist claims. We are down to the policies and vision for moving this country forward. However, before we go to the mature, thoughtful, meaningful, and rusults driven way of conducting our White house let me leave all of the Clinton and McCain supporters with one final thougth.
    naa nana naa na naa nana naa na naa nana naa na

    November 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Jeez

    Huyck, huyck, you're so funny Kevin.

    November 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. proud american

    Hillary, would be great
    so would Senator Hagel and Gov Richardson

    November 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. johnrj08

    Barack Obama could fill his cabinet with conservative Republicans and some people here would still be calling him a socialist who pals around with terrorists. Why? Because they just can't accept that a black man could ever be a decent president. Some ugly stuff going on here. Despite what happened in Grant Park last Tuesday night, this country still has a long, long way to go.

    November 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Paul

    Please no Kerry and no Clinton. Let's change Washington for real this time. Oh, and feel free to dump Joe Biden anytime.

    November 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Even Steven

    Hey "American Loses"

    NEWSFLASH: Russia hasn't been a communist country for 18 years. If anything Russia has become an expert in the exercise of bandit capitalism. There are more billionaires living in Moscow and its suburbs than is ANY OTHER city on earth, and the city itself has some of the highest real estate values in the world: more expensive than NYC and San Fran.

    I guess you're just another example of the failed American public education system that Obama's administration needs to reform so badly.

    November 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. ukb

    I think collin powell would be the best fit for Sec. of state. by doing that obama can make another history of unique bipartisanship attitude which will ultimately reflects not the party but the country is our first consideration.

    November 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Kerry??? Hagel??? This crap gets more and more scary!! Why don't the dems just dump us all over the edge? We're almost there at this rate! Gee, what a great guy this freak is!

    November 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. laura

    Kevin November 7th, 2008 12:14 pm ET

    I wouldn't be surprised if Obama picked Rev. Wright.
    ____________________________

    geeee Kevin, so much for letting go.

    Bitterness is not going to help the country ... ' my friend ' ;-p

    November 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Matt

    Also, "Wake UP America," HILLARY DOES NOT WANT A POSITION IN THE CABINET. She has said as much. She wants to continue doing her work as a Senator.

    INFORM YOURSELF.

    November 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. abc

    Kerry is good senator but not qualified to be Secretary of States, i agree he will veer off at times, not what we need. Maybe some some soon-to-be-chosen veterans can do 1 year while incorporate and train new talents for the jobs for the last 3 years. we need experience at a time like this but new talents are necessary to bring more change to our country.
    people with hate, it's bad for your health and nothing will change because of hate, you know.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. DAVID

    SO FAR I AM GLAD WHO OBAMA PICKED...MOSTLY CLINTON PEOPLE WHO WORKED WITH PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND HILLARY CLINTON SMART PEOPLE

    RAHM EMANUEL – GREAT CHOICE! PERFECT CHOICE ACTUALLY.

    HOWEVER I AM NOT SURE ABOUT AXELROD IT IS LIKE HAVING ROVE IN BUSH'S ADMINISTRATION TOO CLOSE TO KEEP SLIME BALLS LIKE THAT WHO HAS TO PAY BACK PEOPLE

    SPECIALLY WITH AXELROD AND HIS TIES TO BIG MONEY OIL COMPANY EXCELON CORP WHO THEY HAVE TO PAY BACK
    WE DO NOT WANT INSIDERS LOBBYING FOR ENERGY BILL LIKE DICK CHENEY'S ENERGY BILL WHICH OBAMA WAS FORCED TO SUPPORT BECAUSE OF HIS TIES TO EXCELON...IT WOULD BE SMART TO KEEP THEM OUT
    WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER HALIBURTON

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Dont blame me

    Pull as many of those left wing wakos out of the senate as you want Obama, and just maybe the country will get something done.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. David Goldman

    HOW ABOUT SOME HISTORY ON ITALIAN INGENUITY, just 4 pat.

    ITALIANS responsible or invented;

    THE ROMAN EMPIRE- NO THAT WAS AN ALBANIAN KING.

    SPAGHETTI- NO THAT WAS THE CHINESE.

    TOMATO SAUCE- NO THAT WAS THE MYNAS.

    THE MAFIA – YES

    HEAPS OF TRASH THAT COVER A WHOLE CITY- YES.

    HEY, TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. anonymous

    Candy in W. Virginia – typical stupid comment. These important appointments are not a tit or tat situation!

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Frank G

    ALL OF YOU:
    GET A LIFE – GO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO AN ORGANIZATION OF YOUR CHOOSING THAT NEEDS HELP; WORK WITH UNDER EDUCATED YOUTHS; HELP ELDERLY IN NEED AND STOP ALREADY WITH YOUR COMMENTARY. REDIRECT YOUR RESPECTIVE ENERGIES INTO SOMETHING USEFUL IF YOU TRULY WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING USEFUL TO AMERICANS RATHER THAN ALL THIS COMMENTARY. THE ELECTION IS OVER.

    November 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Dem in NE

    I'd like to see Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and Bill Richardson as Secretary of State.

    I wish Edwards hadn't screwed up – he would've been great for Attorney General. He obviously still qualified, but personally has too much baggage. Maybe 10 or 15 yrs down the road.

    John Kerry probably deserves something since he helped introduce the world to Obama, but not sure what.

    November 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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