John Edwards Carries a List of Possible Cabinet Appointees
by RJEvans, Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 03:04:37 PM EDT
It is never too early to talk about Cabinet appointees. Right?
Apparently John Edwards does not think so and apparently carries a list of possible Cabinet appointees, which may or may not include Republicans and Independents.
Not so bad. But may I remind John Edwards, he needs to win the nomination first and at this momement in time, it is not looking good, except in Iowa where he has a fighting chance.
"I want to be ready for when I get sworn in," the former North Carolina senator said between campaigns stops as he dug into a travel bag for the list.
"I might have it with me," Edwards told The Associated Press. "I wouldn't show it to you, but I could have it with me."
He didn't hand over the list, nor did he commit to putting Republicans in his Cabinet.
"No, because the test for me is not whether they're Democratic or Republican. The test is how competent they are and whether they're the best person for the job, and to make a decision about who's best to choose you have to spend time talking to them," said the 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate.
Would he name a Republican vice presidential nominee?
"I don't think so because my view about Cabinet positions is different than the vice presidency," Edwards said. "I think the vice president needs to be someone who shares my vision for the country and that's much more likely, obviously, to be a Democrat."
Edwards didn't go as far as rival Bill Richardson, who has said that as the Democratic nominee he would give voters a preview of his Cabinet before Election Day.
"It would have independents, Republicans and Democrats. Don't worry, I won't overdo the Republicans," Richardson told a Democratic audience in July.
So, for fun (apart from the fact it is also insane), here is my partial list of Cabinet appointees.
President: Hillary Clinton
Vice President: Evan Bayh/Mark Warner
Secretary of State: Richard Holbrooke
Secretary of the Treasury: Indra K. Nooyi
Secretary of Defense: Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Homeland Security: Raymond Kelly
Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Energy: Shirley Ann Jackson
Secretary of Labor: John Edwards (more of sympathy than competence)