By the Numbers: Confirmation hearings
January 24th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
2 years ago

By the Numbers: Confirmation hearings

(CNN) - Cabinet reshuffling is common practice as a president begins a second term, and getting those new nominations confirmed quickly is a priority after the inauguration.

President Barack Obama has new candidates for three top positions pending before the Senate. They include the top jobs at the Pentagon, the State Department and the Treasury.

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  1. Wilson

    Kerry stating that he will "implement Obama's vision for the world," is a very scary statement. A world fitting Obama's vision will not be a very nice place.

    January 24, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Randy

    Amazing, if any of them from round 1 would had any sand, complainer and chump wouldnt have to do this again
    better luck this time

    January 24, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. CBP

    Here's hoping the Senate can do the job. After listening to some of the members it is very clear that they are the ultimate decision makers and know more than anyone coming to testify. We witnessed a hearing where some Senators were far too partisan and whose egos were all too apparent. There were statements made which were not only based on their personal views but they were out to put all the blame on the shoulders of the Secretary of State. Their lack of support for the security budget for the State Department is never mentioned. Their lack of understanding of the scope of the Secretary and the absolutely fast-paced changes occurring throughout the world was way too evident.

    There is no one in the Senate or House who can understand what is happening and how the whole issue will be investigated. The conclusions of Admiral Mullen and his committee were not accepted because the Senators did not want to believe the conclusion,. Their egos are far to big. They are looking for that one appearance that will make people stand up and support their next aspirations. This committee did not give anyone a secure feeling because many of them did not have the information which would back their statements. Senators Johnson and Paul just are not capable of listening to anyone else but themselves. Senators McCain and Graham are never satisfied by any answers and they have added Senator Ayotte to their group now that Senator Lieberman who does not agree with their assessments this time, has retired. They are correct all the time. This is not the temperament we need in the Senate.

    January 24, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F

    It was pointed out to me today, that the republicans do not care who attacked our our people in Benghazi, they are only trying to discredit our president, and the future president, Hillary. Remember when Bush's incompetence for overlooking the warnings of 9-11-2001, led to that great disaster, and most Americans wanted to get those who did the planning and caused the deaths of Americans. What a crappy party the GOP has become.

    January 24, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If these Washington insiders spent as much time focusing on the American people's needs instead of drilling down on who gets what job we would see real progress in this country. I don't remember John McCain drilling down on Sarah Palin or any other Republican before they decided she was qualified to be the 2nd in command.

    January 24, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Len

    CBP: You are totally correct.

    January 24, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. rs

    Wilson
    Kerry stating that he will "implement Obama's vision for the world," is a very scary statement. A world fitting Obama's vision will not be a very nice place.
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    As opposed to the GOP who NEVER met a war they didn't like (or have their kids fight in).

    January 24, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. CBP

    Just watched Senator Ron Johnson ask a question to John Kerry. Once again Senator Johnson has shown us that he really does try to get people scratching their heads. Yesterday his questions for Sec. Clinton were asked just to try to rile the Secretary. He got more than he bargained for and showed just how little he knows about how the State Department works and just how enormous this job is. He did not seem to know that Mrs. Clinton did know Ambassador Stevens and that she does want to know what happened and how to make sure that this does not ever occur again. He implied that she was turning on the tears so she would not have to testify. Obviously he does not know her nor did he care to learn about her.

    Today he tried to get John Kerry to tell us all how different he is from Secretary Clinton. He did not fall for that trap. A good diplomat would never do that but Sen. Johnson does not appear to understand what diplomacy is all about.

    Give it a rest Sen. Johnson. It is time to listen and learn before you ask any more questions.

    January 24, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Hopefully there will be a quick up or down vote on the nominees. I dislike the Senate taking its time and getting bogged down with anon-talking filabuster over a nominee. If there are really problems, let them come out in committee and on the floor during debate.

    January 24, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Getoverit

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx
    I don’t remember John McCain drilling down on Sarah Palin or any other Republican before they decided she was qualified to be the 2nd in command.
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    That's because the MSM did it for him.

    January 24, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. 2020

    Wilson, it is even more scary when you live in the past, where were you when Bush Cheney invaded Iraq? After 1T dollars in debt, 4000 Americans dead, what do we have, NOTHING but pain and suffering.

    January 24, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |