Skip to comments.Kerry Considering Biden, Armitage for Possible Cabinet
Posted on 10/22/2004 9:57:49 AM PDT by thegreatbeast
If John Kerry becomes President he will find himself on the horns of a dilemma - which close friend to ditch when he chooses a new Secretary of State.
According to today's Washington Post, Kerry would pick his national security team within a few weeks after winning the White House and two of his closest friends, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) or Richard Holbrooke reportedly want the job of running the State Department.
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Kerry might as well consider Helen Thomas - or my dog - as Press Secretary. Kerry's not going to win.
Biden is propped up by the mainstream press as a GOD, and is the main person they use when they want to criticize Bush about the daily issues at hand.
What a joke.
Kerry, don't forget Chirac for Sec of State
Kerry has to win, first.
I pray that doesn't happen. If Democrats manage to win this election by fraud, lying, and cheating, we'll never have another honest election again.
Isn't it funny how this is the only way they can win? Falsifying their image, cheating at the polls, lying on TV. Character assasination.
Kerry LOST already, And Hairplug Biden should resign.
Well, seeing how Kerry can't make a decision and stick to it, your dog is probably being seriously considered now that you have offered his services.
God help us if biden ever gets a cabinet position.
That Kerry is mentioning either of these two names is chilling.
Should he actually win, be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
And plan on LOTS of independent counsel investigations.
Kerry is hard up if he wants Biden.
Is Kerry's goose cooked?
Isn't this cart-before-the-horse, 'er, horseface time?
Not to be mean, but didn't Biden have a brain tumor or some such head malady a few years ago? He shouldn't go around saying that Bush is brain dead. Senator, heal thyself! (or ask sKerry-Deadwards to do it!)
I could handle (barely) a Vail Whitehouse, but I'll take up arms against a French Whitehouse!
Oh yeah...that's going to really get the vote out...BIDEN? He's better be looking over his shoulder....Barbara Bush is wanting to get ahold of him!!!
That's not a tumor....that's his hair!
Don't forget Christopher Reeve for surgeon General.
I think they need to win the election first.
That's right. There's no point in supposing what WOULD happen, because it won't. Kerry will be back in the Senate in January; he won't have to worry about choosing members for a cabinet.
Didn't Joe Biden get into a little trouble with plagerism? Sounds like the Clinton years all over again.
Yeah, that's what we need, Joe "Plagiarist" Biden running either the State or Defense Department.
Newsmax does not have to be excerpted:
Friday, Oct. 22, 2004 11 a.m. EDT
Kerry Considering Biden, Armitage for Possible Cabinet
If John Kerry becomes president, he will find himself on the horns of a dilemma: which close friend to ditch when he chooses a new secretary of state.
According to today's Washington Post, Kerry would pick his national security team within a few weeks of winning the White House, and two of his closest friends, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., and Richard Holbrooke reportedly want the job of running the State Department.
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Both men, the Post says, "are seasoned diplomats, ambitious and close friends and political advisers to Kerry."
Holbrooke, a U.N. ambassador under President Bill Clinton, was thought to be the front-runner, but since Biden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, helped to energize the faltering Kerry campaign by sharpening the focus on problems in Iraq, he's now in the running for the post.
Should Biden get the job if Kerry wins, sources say that Holbrooke might be consoled with a job as Kerry's special envoy to the Middle East, sources told the Post.
There is also a strong possibility that Kerry might sidestep offending Holbrooke or Biden by tapping a Republican for one of the top national security posts, preferably defense or state, sources told the Post.
Kerry already has stated he might tap John McCain for the Defense Department, but Washington insiders see that as posturing. McCain is liked but not trusted.
Mentioned as possible candidates were Sens. Chuck Hagel and Richard G. Lugar, as well as former senator Warren Rudman.
Moreover, Kerry reportedly discussed the job with Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the final days of the vice presidential search this summer, according to a Democrat familiar with that conversation. Richardson, however, says he is not interested in any Cabinet job.
"The Kerry campaign staff should concentrate on winning the election before speculating on Cabinet positions," Richardson told the Post.
A dark-horse candidate for secretary of defense, the Post reports, is Richard L. Armitage, Bush's second-in-command at the State Department.
Armitage is believed to be hostile to the Bush administration's Iraq policy and the source of criticism against Rumsfeld and Cheney in the Washington press corps.
According to the Post, among those possible candidates for top jobs in a Kerry administration are:
The three members of the Kerry transition team, Jim Johnson, who ran the vice presidential search team for Kerry; former labor secretary Alexis M. Herman; and David McKean, a longtime Kerry aide.
Johnson is considered a front-runner for Treasury secretary, along with Roger C. Altman, a top economic adviser to Kerry.
The Post says that former Treasury secretary Robert E. Rubin could probably have the job again if he wanted it, but many Democrats think he would be in line to succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Because Kerry has said he wants women, minorities and Republicans in top posts, Jeanne Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor and early Kerry backer, would almost certainly land a domestic post, perhaps the Department of Health and Human Services, a source close to Kerry said.
Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., is a possibility for homeland defense, as is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Possible candidates for attorney general are Dennis Archer, former mayor of Detroit, and Deval L. Patrick, both black, and Jamie Gorelick, the Sept. 11 commission member who herself helped author the rules that kept the FBI and the CIA from cooperating with each other before 9/11.
Possible replacements for Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge are Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chairman and co-chairman, respectively, of the Sept. 11 commission; former House member Tim Roemer, D-Ind., another member of the Sept. 11th commission; Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Among those pushing hard for a job are Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack , who could land at the Agriculture or Education Department, and Former Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, a likely pick for a top military post, campaign sources said.
There is, however, the little matter of the Nov. 2 election. If Kerry loses, he'll be spared the agony making all those tough decisions.
Talk about a government in waiting.
They want to come back and finish off the country they tried to destroy in the 60's and then again in the 90's.
Check this out:
Armitage. Kerry is desperately floating Republicans to seem like he would run a moderate foreign policy. This guy is such a desperate, lying SOB.
He probably has a FRENCH POODLE!!!!!!!!!!!!