Points By Drew Pritt

A Possible John McCain Administration
June 13, 2008, 3:03 am
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Earlier this week, I showed what a possible Barack Obama Administration would look like. Now I will detail what I think a possible John McCain Administration will look like. Of course, as with the other article, it is just pure speculation. Also, I anticipate a McCain-Lieberman Administration, but that can be adjusted accordingly.

JOHN McCAIN – President & JOE LIEBERMAN – Vice President

 ED SCHAFER – Secretary of Agriculture

I don’t think there will be many holdovers from the Bush-Cheney Administration but Schafer is one I could envision. He’s a popular former Governor, is well-known and well-liked, and is competent. He also is well liked by Democrats. On October 31, 2007 Schafer was nominated by President Bush to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. His hearing was originally scheduled for January 30, 2008, but was moved to January 24 on the request of North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad so that Schafer could attend the State of the Union address as a cabinet member. he hearing was held on January 24; it was friendly, with Senators asking Gov. Schafer questions on various topics such as US beef exports to Japan and South Korea, the Department of Agriculture’s ability to deliver on programs passed by Congress, policy on sugar, and cotton prices. Schafer was in office just several days when a major scandal concerning cruelty and unsafe food erupted in the wake of an investigation of the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company by the Humane Society of the United States. In late February, Schafer was praised for his handling and frank response to Congress. In testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he took the position that there was no need for a ban on downed cattle in the food supply.

 MEG WHITMAN – Secretary of Commerce

Whitman was President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay from March 1998 to March 2008, when she stepped down from her role. She has been a director since March 1998, and continues to serve in that capacity. Ms. Whitman joined eBay when it was a small auction website with 30 employees and revenues of more than $4 million. With her expertise in brand building at top consumer companies, she helped this Internet pioneer evolve into an unmatched global ecommerce engine that continues to influence and reshape the way people trade, pay and communicate around the world. According to Forbes magazine, Whitman was worth an estimated $1.4 billion in 2007. Whitman was a supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008 and was on his “National Finance Team”. She was also listed as Finance co-chair of Romney’s campaign exploratory committee.

  CHUCK HAGEL – Secretary of Defense

Hagel is a retiring United States Senator from Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in 1996 and was reelected in 2002. After considering running in the 2008 Presidential election, Hagel announced on September 10, 2007 that he would retire from the Senate at the end of his present term and will not seek the Presidency. In 2000, he was a vocal supporter of McCain for President. He also has been very critical of the Bush-Cheney policy in Iraq. Hagel is a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the United States Army infantry, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E-5) from 1967–1968. While serving during the Vietnam War, he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. After returning from Vietnam, Hagel worked as a bartender and radio newscaster. After Reagan’s inauguration as President, Hagel was named deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration. In 1982, however, he resigned his post over a disagreement with V.A. Administrator Robert P. Nimmo, who was intent on cutting funding for V.A. programs, and who had referred to veterans groups as “greedy“, and to Agent Orange as not much worse than a “little teenage acne“.  Since his election to the Senate in 1996, Hagel has served as deputy whip for the Republican Caucus. He has been chair of both the Senate Global Climate Change Observer Group and the Senate Oversight Task Force. He serves as co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He also serves on the NATO Observer Group. Hagel is a member of four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Rules and Administration. In July 2007, Hagel was one of three Republican Senators who supported the legislation proposed by Democrats to require a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days. “This thing is really coming undone quickly, and [Prime Minister] Maliki’s government is weaker by the day. The police are corrupt, top to bottom. The oil problem is a huge problem. They still can’t get anything through the parliament — no hydrocarbon law, no de-Baathification law, no provincial elections.

  PAUL VALLAS – Secretary of Education

McCain is known for a maverick streak and the selection of Vallas would fit into that mold he has cast himself in. Vallas first gained fame as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). During his tenure from 1995 to 2001, he led an effort to reform the school system, and his work was cited by President Bill Clinton for raising test scores, improving relations with the teachers’ union, balancing the budget, and instituting several new programs included mandatory summer school, after school programs, and expanding alternative, charter, and magnet schools. The position of CEO of the CPS was created by Mayor Richard M. Daley after he successfully convinced the Illinois State Legislature to place CPS under mayoral control. Vallas had previously directed the budget arm of the Illinois State Legislature and served as budget director for Daley. Controversy plagued Vallas towards the end of his reign as CPS CEO. Following criticism from the mayor, and the election of a union president who ran on an anti-Vallas platform, Vallas resigned in 2001 and ran for Governor of Illinois as a Democrat. Vallas placed second in the Democratic primary, losing narrowly to now-Governor Rod Blagojevich while running ahead of former state Attorney General Roland Burris. Following the election, Vallas was appointed CEO of School District of Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, he presided over the nation’s largest experiment in privatized management of schools, with the management of over 40 schools turned over to outside for-profits, nonprofits, and universities beginning in Fall 2002.

  BUCK McKEON – Secretary of Energy

Currently a Congressman and author of the Republican Energy Plan, McKeon’s selection would shore up a key California supporter of McCain as well as a member of Congress who has spoken to this issue. McKeon was the one term mayor of Santa Clarita and member of the Santa Clarita City Council, a position he held until entering the House. McKeon is currently serving as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Linda Lingle  LINDA LINGLE – Secretary of Health & Human Services

Finishing her second term as the first Governor of Hawai’i from the Republican Party since the 1960’s, Lingle has been a leader on the issue of welfare reform and reforming government agencies and services. Prior to her gubernatorial administration, Lingle served as Maui County councilmember, chair of he Hawai’i Republican Party, and was Mayor of Maui, where she created the famous “MAUI MIRACLE”, denoting the economic recovery and revitalization of Maui. As Governor, Lingle has created a record surplus of $730 million, coming from athe budget’s previous deficit of $250 million. Many also credit her for leaving Hawaii with a very low unemployment rate. Like all governors, Lingle has signed a number of bills into law, including the Three Strikes Law and Sex Offender Registry Website Law. In education, she has attempted to divide the State Board of Education into seven local school boards, but failed. One of the more controversial issues Lingle has championed is the practice of sending prisoners to the mainland, as opposed to building a new prison in Hawaii.

  JOHN BOLTON – Homeland Security

Bolton served as the Permanent US Representative to the UN from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment, and resigned in December 2006 when his recess appointment would have ended.  Bolton is currently of counsel to the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, in their Washington D.C. office. He is also involved with a broad assortment of conservative think tanks and policy institutes, including the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Institute of East-West Dynamics, National Rifle Association, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and the Council for National Policy (CNP). Bolton was instrumental in derailing a 2001 biological weapons conference in Geneva convened to endorse a UN proposal to enforce the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.  He also pushed for reduced funding for the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program to halt the proliferation of nuclear materials. At the same time, he was involved in the implementation of the Proliferation Security Initiative, working with a number of countries to intercept the trafficking in weapons of mass destruction and in materials for use in building nuclear weapons. Following one such interception at sea, Libya made an agreement with the U.K. and the U.S. to dismantle its nuclear weapons industry.

  PAUL HELMKE – Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

Helmke is a former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a former president of The United States Conference of Mayors. In May 2006 Helmke was named President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Before accepting a position with the Brady Campaign, Helmke worked at his father’s law firm, Helmke Beams, LLP. In the wake of the Virginia Tech Massacre in April 2007, Helmke made many network appearances on such programs as the CBS Evening News and ABC World News, fielding questions on gun control.

  JON HUNTSMAN, Jr. – Secretary of Interior

Huntsman  is the Governor of the state of Utah, having won the office in the 2004 election, with with 57% of the vote over Democrat Scott Matheson Jr. He  is the son of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr. of Huntsman Corporation. Prior to his election, Huntsman served as a White House staff assistant in the Reagan Administration, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and as deputy United States trade representative in the George W. Bush Administration. In addition to his public service, Huntsman served as an executive for the Huntsman Corporation, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and Huntsman Family Holdings Company. He has presided over the strongest economy in the State’s history and has championed the largest increases in education funding in the State’s history while simultaneously providing the largest income tax cut and one of the most significant tax reform packages in the State’s history. Huntsman campaigned on paying for the expenses associated with the state’s explosive growth rates by expanding the economy. He continues to make this one of his top priorities. Huntsman has also spoken in favor of providing health insurance to all Utahns and to preserving the environment for future generations.

  RUDY GIULIANI – Attorney General

Giuliani was Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. Giuliani served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers. Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City, and was credited with initiating improvements in the city’s quality of life and with a reduction in crime Giuliani ran for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 United States Presidential election. After leading in national polls for much of 2007, his candidacy faltered late in that year and he did poorly in the early caucuses and primaries in 2008. He withdrew from the race on January 30, 2008 and endorsed John McCain.

  BUDDY ROEMER, Secretary of Labor

Buddy” Roemer, III is a former Governor of Louisiana, having served from 1988 to 1992. He was elected as a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party on March 11, 1991. Prior to becoming the Governor, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988. Roemer, as Governor, for a “Roemer Revolution,” promising to “scrub the budget,” overhaul the education system, reform campaign finance rules, and slash the state bureaucracy by “bricking up the top three floors of the Education Building.” Roemer entered the governor’s office facing a $1.3 billion deficit in the state budget. He called a special session of the legislature in which Roemer pushed an ambitious tax and fiscal reform program for state and local governments, promising to slash spending, abolish programs, and close state-run institutions. In 1995, Roemer attempted a comeback, running again for Governor, but faded in the days before the runoff as conservative state senator Mike Foster, who switched affiliation from Democrat to Republican during the campaign, peeled conservative votes away from him. He finished fourth, but only a few thousand votes short of a general election berth. Having failed at his political comeback, Roemer has in recent years spent his time in the financial world. He has taken part in various investments, most notably a retirement community near the campus of Louisiana State University. Roemer is currently supporting and is a spokesman for Senator John McCain for President of the United States. Roemer is currently President and CEO of Business First Bank part of the Shaw Group Inc. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  JOHN C. DANFORTH – Secretary of State

Danforth is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Republican United States Senator from Missouri. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest. In his first bid to run for public office at any level he was elected in 1968 at the age of 32 to be Missouri’s Attorney General. In 1976 Danforth ran to succeed retiring Senator Stuart Symington (D). He defeated former Governor Warren Hearnes (D) who had been appointed to the nomination after U.S. Congressman Jerry Litton (D), the original Senate nominee, died in a tragic airplane crash. In 1982, Danforth narrowly survived reelection against Lt. Governor Harriet Woods (D). In 1988 Danforth crushed popular Attorney General Jay Nixon, 68% to 32%.  In 1994, Danforth retired. In July 2000, Danforth’s name was leaked as being on the short list of potential vice presidential nominees for Republican candidate George W. Bush and many thought he would be picked as Bush’s running mate.  In 1999, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Danforth to lead an investigation into the FBI’s role in the 1993 Waco Siege. In September 2001, President Bush appointed Danforth a special envoy to Sudan. He brokered a peace deal that officially ended the civil war in the South between Sudan’s Islamic government and Christian-backed Sudanese rebels.  On July 1, 2004, Danforth was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, succeeding John Negroponte, who left the post after becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq in June. Danforth is currently a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to promote good governance around the world.

  MICHAEL STEELE – Secretary of Transportation

Steele’s selection would cap efforts he continued as Lt. Governor of Maryland in improving Baltimore Harbor, working with former U.S. Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, as well as his promotion of public transportation. is the chairman of GOPAC and a former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, having been elected on the same ticket as Governor Robert L. Ehrlich in 2002. He is the first African American to serve in a Maryland state-wide office and the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in the state since the position was created in 1970. At the time he was the highest-ranking elected African-American who is also a Republican in the United States. On October 25, 2005, Steele announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring senator Paul Sarbanes. On November 7, 2006, Steele lost the election to Democratic Congressman Ben Cardin. Steele said recently, “To provide immediate relief for America’s motorists, I have called on President Bush and Congress to enact an immediate moratorium on the federal gas tax – more than 18 cents per gallon – and an immediate moratorium on the 24 cents per gallon diesel tax. Moreover, Congress should approve legislation to suspend the tariff on ethanol imports. But those actions are designed to deal with our immediate crisis. Congress must roll up its sleeves and work to solve the underlying problem – our dependence on foreign sources of energy. To do that, I’ve called on Congress to double President Bush’s budget request for biomass and bio-refinery research, and create market and tax incentives for E85 fuels, hybrid technologies and alternative energy sources. Tax credits for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles need to be renewed and expanded. Additionally, we must increase fuel efficiency standards for automobiles – not just this year, but over the next several years.”

  ROB PORTMAN – Secretary of Treasury

Portman is an American lawyer who has served in two cabinet positions and as a member of Congress. Most recently, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to this appointment, Portman was the United States Trade Representative, a post carrying the rank of Ambassador. From 1993 to 2005, he was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, representing that state’s 2nd congressional district. In a recent New York Times Editorial, David Brooks wrote, “Portman is an Ohioan with the mind of a budget director and a mild temperament that is a credit to his Midwestern roots. His résumé is ideal: He directed legislative affairs for the first President Bush, served in Congress for more than a decade and managed the Office of Management and Budget under Bush the younger. He excelled in every role.” 

  KATHLEEN T. McFARLAND – Secretary of Veterans Affairs

McFarland has a reputation for taking complex national security issues and explaining them in plain English.  National radio talk show hosts and television news anchors seek out her ‘take’ on issues because, as one major news producer said, McFarland doesn’t have an axe to grind, she tells it like it is. She served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations. She spent seven years at the White House,  working her way up to become a key member of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council Staff.  After the Ford Administration, Ms. McFarland studied at Oxford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union.  After President Reagan’s election, she returned to Washington as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff.  In 1982 Ms. McFarland became the speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Cap Weinberger, and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In 2006, she was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since she lost her Senate bid, McFarland is now a national security commentator and columnist and appears frequently on television and radio news shows.





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Nice site. Theres some good information on here. Ill be checking back regularly.

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Comment by Jason Whitmen

JOE LIEBERMAN – Vice President — that would make a GREAT pick.

Comment by Irish Tigger

Lieberman for VP might not be a strong enough pick imho, I think Romney might be more suited if stated in terms of our economy and his experience in the IOC and then Massachusetts. He would also appeal to the right sector of the Republicans without really being “one of them”. Nice site, enjoyed the analyses on both ends of the spectrum.

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