A President Obama May Keep Gates As Secretary of Defense

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  1. KenH

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    Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates

    Sarah Baxter in Washington

    In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House.

    Obama’s top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obama’s desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents.

    After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing Republicans and independent voters who may be concerned that he lacks the experience to be trusted with America’s defence.

    Richard Danzig, an adviser to Obama on national security and a former navy secretary, said: “My personal position is Gates is a very good secretary of defence and would be an even better one in an Obama administration.”

    - rest at www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4232070.ece
     
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    I hope he is not just wooing votes but believes in eliminating party lines and giving this country the best person for the job. That would be a radical concept in government.
     

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