November 7th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
14 years ago

List emerges for Cabinet posts

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Current Defense Secretary Robert Gates is likely to stay at the post, a source tells CNN."](CNN) - Barack Obama is considering a mix of Washington insiders and high-profile business executives to head various cabinet positions, one source involved in the cabinet gathering process told CNN.

For Secretary of State, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is high on the list. Also on the list is Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, a former presidential candidate who endorsed Barack Obama early in the Democratic primary season. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke are also interested in the job.

For Secretary of Defense, there are indications current Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay at the post "for a certain period." Gates, the former CIA Director under the first President Bush, has been praised by members of both parties for his leadership at the Pentagon over the last two years. Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a former United States Army Captain and a member of the Armed Services Committee, is acting as the go-between with Gates.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who also served as that state's attorney general, is said to be a "very real possibility" for U.S. attorney general. Napolitano, who also endorsed Obama early in the primary process, was named earlier this week to the Obama transition team.  She's also served as a U.S. attorney from Arizona.

For Secretary of Commerce, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Time Warner Chairman Dick Parsons, prominent Chicago Businesswoman Penny Pritzker, and University of California economist Laura Tyson are all under consideration.

One problem: the Obama administration wants a diverse cabinet, and that means everything is still up for grabs.

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soundoff (396 Responses)
  1. Nancy, KS

    I have seen some 'that"s for "than"s and many more misspells.
    WE can do mispells, BUT YOU, NEED GET YOURS CORRECT!
    you are startint to annoy me now.
    Not you Gloria.

    November 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Matt


    November 7, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Stan Merritt, Chicago IL

    It would be the honor of any democrat, or conservative for that matter-to serve the next president.

    This will be the first true presidency of the new millenium. And everyone is looking how they can be a part of it.

    Not to look behind, but there is one thing I wanted to say in regards to the way the O Team made long term decisions from the very beginning.

    In the last 2 weeks they put money into places they knew, they weren't gonna get.

    I asked myself why. They realized how his team is thinking about 2012! This campaign team from Chicago will go down in history as better than anyone prior. I see this happening.


    November 7, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    We finally have the proof that Richardson (Judas) backed Obama because he was told he would get a position on Obama's administration. The truth finally comes out.

    November 7, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Rabih

    No Hillary?

    November 7, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. karen raleigh

    He will choose men and women who will WORK not just diddle daddle–watch c-span!!!! Let us be optimistic and we will turn this nightmare economy around.

    November 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. katiec

    Know with President Obama's intelligence, stability and ability to grasp what is needed for our country, he will make the right
    decision with who helps him lead us. He will pick the best
    suited for whatever field.
    No buddies of his fathers, no unqualified friends and no
    playing politics.
    Feel safe with the country in his hands.

    November 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Dave, Central Illinois

    Amazing how the Obama zombies are still spewing their hate on these forums. So, 57million of us who voted for McCain don't deserve any say in our government? Well, I gotta feeling that we pay a majority of the taxes so how about we take those back and let you enlightened Obamites figure out who you will mooch off of then.

    November 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Red, Red WHINE!!

    I'm pretty impressed with the diversity of the team he has on this list, even if I have reservations against some of the specific names (Kerry in particular)

    November 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Colin Powell said he was not seeking a position. My bet is he will likely serve in an advisory position. He is retired, after all!

    November 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Michael

    Why are we listening to unnamed sources for this information? It is speculation when there is no face to support the story. I believe that our President-elect will make choices that will help him lead us. I guess the press needs "stories" when news is not available.

    November 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Sybil

    I understand the need for experienced people here, but there needs to be some strong experienced dem leaders left in Congress.

    November 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. EW

    Let's hope tha CNN is full of it again. He promised bipartisanship and this list isn't even close to that mark.

    November 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Independent Citizen - VA

    Matt November 7th, 2008 12:49 pm ET


    Colin Powell as Sec. of Defense (after the Gates transition period), Chuck Hagel as National Security Advisor, HRC as a newly created position to help get the Healthcare Reform underway (perhaps "National Health Czar"), Kerry or Richardson would do well as Sec of State, and just for giggles....Bill Clinton as Attny General!!

    November 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. JJ

    Yeah, Put that crook Chris Dodd as Secretary of State. I expected Hussein to put him as Secretary of the Treasury where he can really make more money, illegally. Crooked Democrats get promoted and never pay for their crimes.

    Democrats suck.

    November 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. This joke bombed

    Ayers for Secretary of Education?


    November 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Erin

    @shawn brown:

    Actually most feminists are violently opposed to Palin. Try again.

    November 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    How about Dennis Kucinich for Attorney General?

    November 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Michael, Houston Texas

    I don't like Kerry either, bad decision President Obama. Someone made a point for President Obama not to take all the Senior Dems out of the Senate, he will need them for sure. To answer someone's else's question about General Powell, remember that at this stage, he is just appointing his Secretary positions, I see General Powell in an advisary position i.e National Security Advisor or even as a top advisor i.e how Rove was with Bush. I will still like to see Presidnet Obama reach across party lines and bring in some Republicans as well in his administration, it will show the American people that he is more interested in America than the DNC.

    November 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. KC

    Chris Dodd!!! Are you kidding me? This guy is part of the reason we have the financial crisis that we have now........also, this isn't very non-partisan. I guess we can see how the winds are going to blow. Well, I'm going to have to get ready to see my wallet raped and the national security flushed down the toilet.....not to mention our men/women in uniform stripped down to nothing. God help us...please.

    November 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Wally©

    I'm sure he will surround himself with the best TEAM possible !!!

    The economy is tanking and with that the social fabric...

    It's gonna take more than just a collection of the brightest...

    November 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. girl

    Have you all forgotten how things work in D.C? Have you all forgotten about the seperation of powers that we have here in the U.S? Have you all forgotten what you learned in 4th grade? Remember our government consists of what we call a system of checks and balances containing an Executive Branch , the Judicial Branch, and the Legislative Branch (which I must add that the Democrats have the majority in this). The Legislative branch is in charge of making the budget, controlls all the money, makes the laws, etc. So next time you start to complain about what a horrible President Bush has been or how awful the economy is, just remeber that little piece of information that you learned so long ago! No one person has complete power... not even the President!

    November 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. SN

    Please reconsider Kerry for State.

    November 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Jim - Tampa

    If Obama does as good a job at putting together his cabinet as he did his election team... the country will do fine.

    Another subject: I read where the conservatives say they lost the election because the republicans were to moderate. can they all do us a favor, including us old republicans who voted Obama and just change the name of the party to the Christian Conservatives so there would be a little truth in advertising... then maybe us moderates and libertarians can go back to the party and build something that doesn't want to hate everything.

    November 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Vari Scudi

    Personally, I think Richard Lugar would be a good adviser from across the aisle.

    November 7, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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