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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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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that people are realizing that there ARE people in otehr parties that have expertise and to really only stick to your party is kind of giving us a bad deal. we should be able to benefit from someone who has the best experience and who can really held make good decisions and to say tha you won't pick someone based on their party affiliation - that would be a travesty to our system. i can't wait to see what the end result will be with whomever gets elected.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
ARGH, damnit SUGAR GIVE ME "preview" on comments! First sentence SHOULD HAVE READ: I think one thing that has to happen in America is for people to be united behind something BESIDES ...BESIDES!!! fear, or shared horror over something like terrorist attacks.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
I think one thing that has to happen in America is for people to be united behind something like fear, or shared horror over something like terrorist attacks. And one of the best ways to try to do that is to bring together a government of talented minds on both sides of the political divide to resolve issues that resonate with the entire spectrum of voters is a challenge made only more difficult by the divisive nature of politics, especially these past 20 years or so. As I have said in past posts, America is a very large country to have only 2 really active, viable, "votable" parties (Independents being a shadow, really, which is unfortunate in many respects). There is something WRONG when a candidate stands and then is summarily blamed for the party-most-like-him not getting elected due to bleedoff. Is it not unfortunate that in one of the largest countries in the world, a diverse people are pigeonholed into TWO political camps, then set at each other like rabid hounds? Perhaps that serves the two parties that be, but it does not serve the people. A strong, intelligent, experienced government of the best minds from both sides would be a nice start towards normalising politics in the USA and bringing about policies that more accurately bridge the breadth of viewpoints in the USA without consistently alienating one or the other. But I still say Palin anywhere near the President's chair is just unthinkable, I'd trust Jon Stewart to run the country before I trusted that person. :P
stephley stephley 8 years
Wouldn't they have to make her the nominee? They officially nominated her at the convention, she accepted. Just as if anything happened to him if he became president, I think she'd step in now too.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
livvy-- I think not. But I mean, I guess why wouldn't they, isn't that the point. I think McCain has a tradition of doing stuff like this, and he's moved away from it. I don't think it's going to be enough of an appeal to moderates to get over the fact that Palin is now half his ticket. Too little too late, McCain, you just screwed this one up too much to make me think you're interested in appealing to the middle.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
If "change" is McCain's campaign slogan it's funny how he waited until now to unleash it. I was just thinking...if McCain (god forbid) died while on the campaign trail do you think the GOP would make Palin their Presidential nominee?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
pop: :rotfl:
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I think McCain should choose Hillary as Secretary of Defense, so she can be there to take that super-scary phone call.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I guess we are viewing the pit bull moniker differently; I don't view it as her saying she will attack those outside her party.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I never said that Obama and Biden haven't worked with Republicans. I don't think anyone has. And how is being a maverick who wants to change Washington at odds with bringing on someone who is a tough Washington outsider?
stephley stephley 8 years
And Obama and Biden have worked with Republicans - it's whether you're paying attention to the other side and actively working to integrate with them that matters. Saying I'm a maverick who wants to bring change to Washington then bringing on a self-proclaimed pit bull definitely opens you up to suspicion.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And McCain has a history of working with a lot of Democrats other than Lieberman, as well.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
99.9% of the people involved in federal government at that level don't do it for the money anyway. Most of them have more than enough money and/or could make A LOT more money in the private sector.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Did you see that part where he was going to ask them to work for $1. It was on CNN.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Stephley- haha that is the first thing I thought! Whoa really impressive sticking Lieberman in there. It's a great idea though, the first glimpse of the old McCain in a while.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree, this is a great idea, no matter who is in office. Ona side note, this is what Richard Nixon did. I know that doesn't add to the conversation, but it's an intersting aside.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
No, Jude C... I think I've legitimately realized the error of my ways. While Sake Bomber Sunday is a good time... it tastes like crap AND makes me feel like crap. Next time I'll stick to just beer.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Agreed Jude & YY. Love your avatar, YY!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well I don't think this should be any surprise to anyone on either side. Both candidates have a history of working across party lines. In the past we may have seen one or two members of the opposite party serving in an administration however I believe that a McCain or Obama administration will take the next leap in evolution to include at least a few. Although I have a few strong points of disagreement with the McCain Proposal for our country I really don't think that a McCain administration will be half as bad as it's made out to be and visa versa an Obama administration will not be half as bad as it is being made out to be. I am voting for Sen. Obama but if Sen. McCain wins it certainly won't be the end of the world to say the least.
stephley stephley 8 years
Lieberman - and he'd get mad when people didn't celebrate the choice.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ugh. So true, YY. Not until next Sunday, anyway, right, mondaymoos? ;)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Agreed, Jude C. I'd really like to have something productive to add, but I can barely think over the pounding of my head. No more Sake Bomber Sundays.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
yes jude youre right but after the bushies actually FIRING people based on their politics i guess we have entered a new era where people have to state the obvious. "As president I will actually follow the law and tell the truth".
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's good that he said that, but at the same time, it's a bit sad that anyone would have to say that. It seems like clear common sense to me not to choose one's Cabinet based on partisanship and cronyism. :ponder:
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
im impressed talk about making history come november
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