December 8th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama still to fill key positions, possibly with Republicans

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President-elect Barack Obama still has some key staffing decisions to make."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's team has pledged to appoint Republicans to his administration, but so far, just one Republican is set to hold a leading Cabinet post.

Obama last week announced that he wants Defense Secretary Robert Gates to stay on board for at least another year.

Asked if Gates meets the requirement for a Republican on the Cabinet, Obama said he didn't "check his voter registration."

"What I was most concerned with was whether or not they can serve the interests of the American people," Obama said.

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  1. Meh

    Good grief. Some people will never be happy. I'm an Independent, leaning Dem, and I think he's picked a very good cabinet so far! I'm not going to keep score of who is an [R] or who is a [D]...they just need to be highly qualified and have the US's best interests at heart. If it works, who cares how they vote or whose cabinet they were in previously!
    I think he knows what he is doing.

    December 8, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Cristine C.

    For those of you that are saying "where's the change with him hiring former Clinton cabinet members?", do you have any ability to think beyond what you see others saying? Did it occur to you that the change comes from Barack himself and not from the members of his cabinet? BARACK is the one that will be making the changes! Duh!!

    December 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. BM

    This president-elect has not been sworn in yet and you nuts are already criticizing him. You have only yorselves to blame for thinking old white men have all the answers. Obama is smarter than you think.

    December 8, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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