Pentagon responds to 'Draft Gates' for President efforts
February 2nd, 2011
11:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Pentagon responds to 'Draft Gates' for President efforts

Washington (CNN) - Will a top member of the Obama administration try to take his boss' job in 2012?

If some people have their way, the answer would be, "Yes." But according to the Pentagon chief, the answer is, "No."

On Wednesday, a representative for Defense Secretary Robert Gates responded to an online movement to convince Gates to run for president in 2012.

"Secretary Gates is both amused and flattered by the website, but he will retire from government for good later this year," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said in a statement sent to CNN. "He has never run for any political office and has no intention of ever doing so. He looks forward to following the 2012 presidential campaign from his home in the Pacific northwest."

Some ardent Gates supporters want none of that kind of talk.

Their website - the one Morrell references - is www.draftgates2012.com.

It says, "And although Gates now says he will soon take leave of public life for good, it is our belief that his country is in need of his services still."

"Simply put, Bob Gates must run for president of the United States in the 2012 elections."

The site reasons that Gates, "embodies those principles that guided our Founding Fathers – the principles of statesmanship, integrity, pragmatism, diplomacy, and selfless service to fellow man. He stands out from his peers in his steadfast commitment to state and country, his pursuit of excellence, and willingness to do what is right and not just what is easy."

It adds: "Granted, he seems to have neither the ego nor the inclination to throw his hat in that particular ring. But that is precisely why our next president must be him."


Filed under: 2012 • Robert Gates
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I agree, Gates is an honorable and dedicated man, but I also see the desperation in the Republican party.

    February 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    [Will a top member of the Obama administration try to take his boss' job in 2012?]
    ====================
    This should not be the FIRST SENTENCE because in all of the rest, Gates states he has no intentions of running!!!

    Come on NOW!!! The SITE that's pushing this needed publicity, for whatever reason, and they just got it from CNN!!!

    How many people are going to visit the website now? Why would Gates run against President Obama knowing he would LOSE (and this is not meant to HATE)??? Gates says he is DONE so let him enjoy his retirement....JEEZ!!!

    February 2, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. You call yourself Patriot, We the people call you a lunatic

    Some of the principles that guided our founding fathers worked well in slave states, but not all the states. I would like to know which principles. By the way, did not all the GOP get the message that Mittens, the bold face liar, is the candidate chosen by the Kochs, billionaires, and foreign corporations?

    February 2, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. james Miller

    Why not cut out the middle man and draft the CEO of Raytheon and another defense contractor for VP.

    February 2, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Danny Cali

    I don't think so his too old now and he going to do same as John McCain and J.W.B.

    February 2, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    james Miller

    Why not cut out the middle man and draft the CEO of Raytheon and another defense contractor for VP.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    ABSOLUTELY!! RIGHT ON THE MONEY (no pun intended!)!!!!!!!

    In regards to Gates, someone said it earlier, it reeks of desperation from the Rethugs, and I like Gates.
    Keep the searchlights going GObP.

    February 2, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. PalmReader

    "Simply put, Bob Gates must run for president of the United States in the 2012 elections."

    Simply put, GOPers must run someone for President of the United States in the 2012 elections. The Republican Party has become so divided that the selection of who should run is fast becoming the most boring and inept process I have ever witnessed. Not one of those whose name has been brandied about by the media has the fortitude to even suggest that they want to be considered, let alone nominated, the Republican candidate. In Pawlenty, Romney, and Huckabee's case, they aren't even sure who it is they think has the better chance of a win - themselves, or Palin or Bachmann, so deep is their praise of the latter two. Fact is, these contenders who haven't yet been able to put a voice to their own ambitions aren't exactly showing leadership, or displaying a vote of confidence in their own abilities that might be construed as serious presidential run. Good grief, if Romney needs his wife to tell him to run, I doubt he is the man for the job.

    February 2, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Ed in Texas

    Oh my god no. He's one of the worst SECDEFs we've ever had. He has no vision and doesn't listen to his subordinates. I'm a convservative, but I won't vote for him. At least, I won't vote for him in the primaries. I'd vote to elect Snoopy over Obama.

    February 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    So, now the Brown Shirts of the GOP are trying to force folks to run for office?

    Proof positive the SS thinks the current crop of "contenders" is truly "impure"!

    February 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |