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McCain Pledges to Appoint Democrats in a Cabinet of Rivals

It looks like McCain and Obama have at least one thing in common: they both see the value in grabbing the best person for the job, regardless of party. Taking a page from Lincoln's Cabinet of Rivals, McCain said on Face the Nation yesterday that he would definitely be putting Democrats in cabinet posts. He said, "I don't know how many, but I can tell you, with all due respect to previous administrations, it is not going to be a single ... 'Well we have a Democrat now.' It's going to be the best people in America."

The challenges of the modern times take all the Ds and Rs a president can get his hands on. McCain said, "So many of these problems we face — for example, energy independence, what's partisan about that? And I'll tell you, some of them, I'll ask to work for a dollar a year." Uh-oh Michael Bloomberg — I think he's talking about you.

Think the all mixed up answer to government hasn't happened since Lincoln? Nope. William Cohen, a former Republican senator served as Clinton's defense secretary, and Democrat Norm Mineta was transportation secretary under President Bush. Schwarzenegger has already said he'd think about serving under Obama if asked — who would McCain pull in for his cabinet?


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