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October 22nd, 2008
08:35 AM ET

The next Cabinet?

Who would Obama name to his cabinet? Colin Powell? Warren Buffett?

Who might McCain appoint? Joe Lieberman? Mitt Romney? Todd Palin?

Some people are already looking past the election, and wondering who the candidates will choose to lead their government.

So we wondered – who do you think they should choose for cabinet posts, and for the Supreme Court for that matter? The next president is expected to nominate at least three justices.

The presidency is bigger than any one man. Cabinet members will shape the direction that an Obama or McCain administration will take.

Who do you think the candidates should choose for the court, and for some of the cabinet positions below? 

Supreme Court Justices expected to leave soonest:
John Paul Stevens
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Anthony McLeod Kennedy

Cabinet Posts:
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense
Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Susan in NC

    Sen. Obama will select the "best of the best" and Sen. McCain will choose "the best of the worst". Obama/Biden for America! Happy Voting!

    October 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Karen

    I think he should pick for two of those positions:

    Secretary of State---–Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of Defense--- Collin Powell

    I just feel Hillary should be in that position or close to it.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  3. Lisa L, Tucson Az

    Obama'a first pick should be David Gergen as one of his advisors.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  4. MIKE LAKE WORTH FLORIDA

    Under the McCain\Palin administration, since I can see America from my back yard I could be Secretary of the Interior. SWEET!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  5. John Galt

    HILLARY surely must be there somewhere...a high profile position where she can shine and be prepped to be president in the future ticket. secretary of state would make sense.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  6. EJ (USA)

    I can be Secretary of Education. Does one have to have been a teacher to do that?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  7. G Myers ( canada )

    Although not likely to accept, Hilary Clinton for Secretary of State
    Would bring a sense of familiararity and class to the position to assist U.S. standing in the world

    October 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  8. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Back in early June my post that Clinton would get Health was published in the CNN BLOGS.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  9. Salil Joshi

    Hello Anderson,

    FIrst a confession. I am leaning towards Obama. But i am not sure how could he select Warren Buffett knowing his interests in many companies like GE and others? Isn't it a conflict of interest to have Secretary of the Treasury deeply invested in Wall Street firms?

    Love your show and love each one of your pannel. (Not just Mr. Gergen).

    Cheers,
    Salil Joshi
    Dallas TX

    October 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  10. K. DeShields

    Secretary of State: Susan Rice
    Secretary of the Treasury: Ron Paul
    Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel
    Attorney General: Janet Napoliteano
    Secretary of the Interior: Al Gore
    Secretary of Agriculture: Ricahrd Lugar
    Secretary of Commerce: Margot Dorfman
    Secretary of Labor: John Edwards
    Secretary of Health and Human Services: Hillary Clinton
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Shanna Smith
    Secretary of Transportation: Jesse Jackson Jr.
    Secretary of Energy: Bill Richardson
    Secretary of Education: Cris Dodd
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs: John Murtha
    Secretary of Homeland Security: Lee Hamilton

    Supreme Court Justices:

    Judith Ann Wilson Rogers
    Arthur Randoph
    William Curtis Bryson

    October 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Dana, Michigan

    Anderson,
    To think that Todd Palin would be on a McCain cabinet is a national security issue. Those subjects like Colin Powell, and others Obama has been associating with these last 2 years will all be good cabinet members. I think that President Obama will have a very diverse cabinet, I truly believe he sits in the center of most issues than anyone believes, by his up bringing which is similiar to my own, there are no colors in his eyes or parties.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  12. Christopher

    I believe that Barrack Obama is the next American president. However, what are his plans for the people. The cabinet issue should be based on the fact that is very solid, promising and fulfilling.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  13. Larry

    Should be interesting to see how many get thru the vetting process, including obama.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  14. JANET GLAZIER,THOMSON,IL.

    Barack Obama has already surrounded himself with outstanding knowledgeable people,that is why he has the lead and proves that he has the best understanding of what Americans need.He has proved himself the best candidate for President of the United States!

    October 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  15. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    I would make a safe wager that Obama appoints Valerie Jarrett, a close personal friend of both Barack and Michelle's, to Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Afterall, it was Jarrett who has helped the non-profit University of Chicago hospital turn huge profiits and expand its services along the North Shore. That's where you'll find a more upscale, well-insured patient. As for their Medicaid patients, they have directed them to Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital and other area hospitals.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
  16. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Huckabee as taxation minister. A simplified, fair taxation system is ESSENTIAL for economic recovery.
    Raising taxes through sales and NOT payroll is simpler and more fair.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm |
  17. Phil

    Most importantly, I'd like to see the next president select a number of Cabinet members from the other party. Get the best thinking from people who will ask the most questions of each other, and help actually do something to help unite the country...instead of just talking about it.

    I believe that Obama might be more open to this suggestion than would McCain.

    Abraham Lincoln put some of his most important enemies in his Cabinet and had additional successes from that.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:50 am |
  18. Jenny Rome Ga

    Hillary for health and human services
    ColinPowell sec of state or defense

    October 22, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  19. nerakami, Miami

    Because of Obama's demonstration throughout this election to seek advice from only the brightest... irregardless of which political party they belong to, gives me tremendous hope that he will choose the best and brightest to be a part of his administration....

    God knows, with the extreme challenges we now face... we are going to need the most intelligent American minds to chart our course in the coming years.

    October 22, 2008 at 10:00 am |
  20. Mike Bruno

    Obama will appoint those with a large measure of diversity. NOT!
    There is a litmus test for Obama.
    He will appoint Socialist, Liberal waccos to the cabinet positions and choose Partial Birth Abortion biased Supreme Court Justices.
    (Oama's own words not mine)
    I often wonder why our leaders have the ability to make moral decisions but choose not to.
    For some reason only the extremely wealthy, out of touch with America Hateraid drinkers wear the title of Democratic US Senator.
    Reid, Kennedy, Kerry-----
    Lets take America Back: Term limits for Congress!

    October 22, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  21. mika

    To be honest, i personally do not care one bit... i mean seriously, McCain and Obama are both fake. They both will continue the same rain of insanity of Bush. Our economy is already dead, our $ is in the dumpster, and our foreign policy is crap! We just gain more enemies, and lose more friends. First it started with Kosovo this year, we isolated Serbia (the strongest and more democratic state in the balkans), now we're isolating Russia, a SUPER POWER... I mean really whats next? WE NEED to mind our own business! We NEED to take care of our own people, the money that was sent as aid to Georgia could of been useful here, in this country, it could have helped AMERICAN families, it could of helped fix our infrastructure. But no, we just create more trouble, we support the "Kosovar's" who support terrorist groups like the KLA who then aid Islamic terrorists, a mafia state that exports 80% of drugs off to west... its just insane! We butchered our relationship with Georgia that in the end it might create a war, after all every world war began in the balkans... only time will tell if things will change... i dont trust Obama or McCain. We all screwed up this year, Ron Paul was the man for the job. But the MEDIA (CNN, MSNBC, FOX) ignored him, the only honest man in Washington. GOOD GOING GUYS!

    October 22, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  22. Vince B.

    I don't think Obama will take many good senators out of the Senate (where they are needed) to fill his cabinet. But, I think he will pick the brightest people he knows:

    Secretary of State: Collin Powel
    National Security Advisor: Richard Danzig
    Secretary of the Treasury: Gary Gensler
    Secretary of Defense: Anthony Zinni
    Attorney General: Jeffrey Toobin? Just kidding... Artur Davis
    Secretary of the Interior: ?
    Secretary of Agriculture: ?
    Secretary of Commerce: Daniel Tarullo
    Secretary of Labor:
    Secretary of Health and Human Services: John Edwards
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:
    Secretary of Transportation: ?
    Secretary of Energy: ?
    Secretary of Education: ?
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Max Cleland
    Secretary of Homeland Security: Chuck Hagel
    Press Secretary: Bill Burton
    **Chief Technology Officer (CTO):** Lawrence Lessig

    October 22, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Obama has so many great choices, but I'd put Hillary Clinton at the top of any list along. As for John McCain and his lack of judgement he would probably put Mickey Mouse or a Moose in his cabinet.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  24. Kyle Rush

    For an Obama cabinet:

    Secretary of State – Bill Richardson
    Secretary of the Treasury – Warren Buffet

    October 22, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  25. Vince B.

    I believe a Barack Obama presidency would promote intelligence and positive change over like-minded ideology which is what we've seen in the previous 8 years of the Bush administration and possibly, what we could see if John McCain becomes our president.

    October 22, 2008 at 8:59 am |