November 13th, 2008
09:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Klain tapped for Biden's chief of staff

Ron Klain will be Vice-President-elect Joe Biden's chief of staff according to a Democratic source.
Ron Klain will be Vice-President-elect Joe Biden's chief of staff according to a Democratic source.

(CNN) – Ron Klain, former chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore, has agreed to serve in the same post under Vice President-elect Joe Biden, a Democratic source involved in the transition tells CNN.

Klain also served as general counsel of Gore's Florida recount effort, and was recently portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO movie about the event. Reached by CNN, Klain would not confirm or deny reports he had accepted the position, but the Democratic source said it was a "done deal."

Klain previously worked with Biden when he served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the early 1990's. At that time, Biden was chairman of the committee.

Klain is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.

– CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Martina Stewart contributed to this report

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    Change in policies, change in direction, change in vision, change in approach, change in diplomacy. You can get all that and it still be some of the same people. However, they have a different boss with a different agenda. You must have some people with knowledge of Washington, everybody can't be new. Having said that, the Clinton years for the most part was successful and it is nothing wrong with using what worked and leaving the rest. Even though some of the faces and names will be familiar, there is no question that Obama and Clinton are 2 different kind of leaders and will govern differently and will lead their team differently. Obama is on the right track, do start listening to all the negatives before he even has a chance to prove himself. Obama will do just fine if everybody will just stay in their own lane!

    November 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Helen

    Matt, Guess what! If you can call Barack Obama an idiot then you are a fool, stupid, double idiot bigot.

    November 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Bill, ca

    These republicans here in the blog are all idiots.

    They think Oabama should take McCain and goofy Palin into his administration.

    Hahah what a bunch of dummies.

    November 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Helen

    Gary, Shame on you. You need to go back to school so you can learn to spell. Also, let them teach you some grammer while you are at it will you!!

    November 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Chuck

    This is just TOO entertaining.

    November 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Simmy

    Wise choice! Keep up the good work Dems!

    November 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Laverne

    One last point to make, you will see a lot of Clinton folk as staffers, but there won't be as many in his cabinet so take a chill pill. People are just looking for a reason to criticize this man. Obama's mission is to get this country back on the right track and that mean by any means necessary. Please stop acting if this country is not in a horrible fix and it's going to take a lot to get us out of this mess. It is amazing how some of you idiots are blaming Obama more than Bush and his failed administration.

    November 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Why the haste. Allo obama to ge to office first. If he is unable to deliver you can blame him. Stop the racism.

    November 18, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
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