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OFF THE PLATE: NOVEMBER 2008

Hillary: Not the only Secretary of State contender.

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(Nov. 14, 2008)—Rumor has it one former Democratic presidential primary candidate tops the list to serve as Secretary of State.

Makes sense. Afterall, we're all expecting President-elect Obama to appoint Hillary to his administration. Given the Clintons (yes, I refer to them as a package deal) are experienced in working with global leaders, it seems like an intuitive fit for the New York Senator to work where she can diplomatically affect foreign policy.

But despite what the headlines might read, Obama's decision is far from final. Reports show other names are on the list.

John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee is one of them. So is former Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who once served as a UN ambassador in President Bill Clinton's administration. Both Nunn and Richardson are Democrats.

Also on the list is the Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, whose name has come up as a likely candidate for Secretary of State whether it was for an Obama or McCain administration. Hagel has shown a leaning toward Nixonian antics, which would make him the ideal State Department leader in a liberal administration.

"Essentially, Chuck Hagel has reinforced over and over again that America needs to balance between stewardship of its core interests on the one hand, and on the other help to responsibly expand when it can prosperity, stability, democratic norms and self-determination," said Steve Clemons of The Washington Note on Oct. 15, 2008, just days before the 2008 Presidential Election.

So while Hillary's name makes headlines as we speak, it would behoove us to not get too excited (if we are in fact supporting this decision) until Obama officially announces who will serve in his cabinet.

But what's a media circus without a rumor?

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