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Planning For A Win: Presidential Cabinet Picks

by Padmananda Rama
Nov 6, 2012

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The election of a president brings high hopes for political supporters who could be appointed as potential Cabinet members. Already, there are a number of possibilities floating as picks of either President Obama or his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

The search to fill these high-profile Cabinet positions has already begun. As NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block explained Monday, while it may seem presumptuous, federal law requires the major-party nominees to begin planning before Election Day. Romney already has a transition team in place. President Obama also faces a number of expected Cabinet openings if he's re-elected.

So, who are the people who might face confirmation hearings and a lengthy vetting process?

On Tuesday's All Things Considered, NPR correspondents discuss who might fill these positions. Michele Kelemen looks at the dynamics of who is at the top of both candidates' choices for secretary of state. Tom Bowman discusses who might succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Carrie Johnson offers her insight on some potential replacements for Attorney General Eric Holder. And John Ydstie provides a few possibilities for Treasury secretary.

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