December 6th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama to name secretary of veterans affairs Sunday

(CNN) - A source in the Obama transition reveals President-elect Barack Obama will announce his choice for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sunday at a news conference scheduled on Pearl Harbor Day and intended to highlight the service of veterans and current service members.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    I think the perfect choice would be, a previous Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former Senator, Max Cleland. Such a patriot, such a dedicated American, President-elect Obama couldn't go wrong with such a nomination. Max Cleland would be the perfect advocate for the Veterans and those returning from our present engagements. This is an extremely important nomination for President-elect Obama and I pray he finds the right nominee for such an important post.

    December 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Barbara

    Sure hope it isn't "songbird mccain" – he's voted against every veteran's benefit for a long time now. Bet he votes himself a pay raise in the senate next month.

    December 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. James

    Veterans are truely going to find out who really has always supported them in the next four years. Anyone actually interested in who had the real record of supporting veterans and their issues could have easily researched and found out that Obama has a better voting record on supporting veterans than McCain. McCain's lip support was only lip service and photo ops. It's nice to shake someone's hand and say thank you. But it's even better when you make sure they have adequate health care and benefits.

    December 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Vanessa

    My guess? Tammy Duckworth. I worked on her campaign in DuPage county as a volunteer, and she is an astounding person. I would be quite surprised, if it is not Major Duckworth, who heads Veteran's Affairs in Illinois presently. She would be a stellar choice.

    December 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Ted van Tol

    Barack is doeing just as he told us before.
    He is a man of his word and he is proving
    that every day.
    I am from the Netherlands but he is my
    president too, because his policy of change wil effect our country an
    whole Europe intensively.
    80% of the Dutch people are aproving his Presidency and
    that's the highest number all over the world.
    We know what a great and historic President he will be.

    May he and his family be safe.

    December 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Charles Sullivan

    How about Saxby Chambliss?

    December 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Godluvr

    Andrea Mitchell, does one of your spies already know who it is? Please, please tell me!!!!

    December 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. ChicagoSuz

    I'm guessing Tammy Duckworth or Max Cleland.

    Longshot... John McCain

    December 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Clinton Supporter

    I have an idea – appoint that woman whose legs were blown off in Iraq. She's looking for a job, and women would forget all about the Facebook episode – wouldn't they??

    December 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Jaye

    Hopefully it's someone who really cares about our veterans and our current military men and women.
    Our military men and women have, and are, being treated horribly by the same people that sent them to war....and it's a complete disgrace.
    Bush and Cheney send them to war to be killed and mamed and offer no real care when they return home. Shameful!!!

    December 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    I know he is too busy to ask my opinion but I would absolutly pick Max Cleland of Georgia. Not only does he understand veterans and their issues but he was cheated out of his position in the Senate by that lying SOB Saxby Chambliss. I so wish Martin had won. Oh well. You can't win them all.

    December 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Ray Fisher

    I hope his pick is a wise one, perferrably a disabled veteran as my preference is for Tammy Duckworth. She exudes the spirit of the disabled veteran and has paid a long painful and life-long price for freedom. All gave some, some gave all and Tammy Duckworth will continue to give in perpetuity!!!

    December 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Lila Mach

    I bet it will be Chuck Hagel! Good man for the job.

    December 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Franky

    "A source in the Obama transition reveals President-elect Barack Obama will announce his choice for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sunday at a news conference scheduled on Pearl Harbor Day and intended to highlight the service of veterans and current service members."

    Now that I really like...a lot.

    December 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. reginald smith fairfax va

    i hope its tammy duckwoth i thinks thats her name or max cleland . they are injured veterans who know what it means to suffer !!!!!! as veterans . they will be simpathetic to alll veterans . and their hardships. a walter reed episode will not happen under their watch.

    December 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. mary, VA

    This must be John Kerry for Sec. of Veterans affairs,
    That will be great !

    December 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. BerndK

    Why not raeching beyond the party-boundaries an ask John McCain?

    December 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. james in s.c.

    i say he pick tammy ducksworth???

    December 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. mark musselman

    Jim Webb?
    With Tim Kane as Senator?

    December 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. lee

    He should get fired

    December 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. earle,woodstock,vt

    I hope he asked US House Rep. John Murtha from Pennsylvania,and that this proud Vietnam War "Amputee" Hero accepted. It will be good for our veteran's health/moral to see one of their own running the show for a change.

    December 6, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Joel Rosenberg

    This was "the full story"?!

    This appointment is part of a vitally important reform. To elevate veterans' affairs to a cabinet-level department and to appoint a qualified person committed to treating the members of our armed forces with the respect they deserve and the social services they need represents a major change in the way presidential administrations do business. Here, finally, is an administration committed to "support[ing] our troops."

    It therefore deserves more than a single sentence of reportage, especially when "the full story" was promised. Who are the candidates for head of this department? What are the goals of the planned department? What is the public response to its creation?

    December 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Chad

    I wonder if Favreau will be photographed with a cardboard cutout of the new secretary of veterans affairs bent over the mini-bar??

    December 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Gee

    Change we can believe in, really?

    December 6, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Gee

    McCleland of Georgia would be a great pick.

    December 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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