Obama’s short list includes Napolitano, Powell and others

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is on Barack Obama’s short list for U.S. Attorney General along with former assistant U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder while Colin Powell could be picked for U.S. Defense Secretary, U.S. Secretary of State — a job he held under President Bush — or U.S Education Secretary.

Powell was a late endorsee of Obama over U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Phoenix Business Journal – by Mike Sunnucks

That is according to a list of possible Obama cabinets circulating in Washington and state capitals and obtained by the Phoenix Business Journal.

U.S Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., also is on the attorney general short list with Napolitano and Holder. Holder was Obama’s senior legal advisor during the campaign and served in the U.S. Justice Department under former president Clinton. Napolitano was an early Obama backer in the presidential race

Obama is putting together his White House and cabinet teams and has short lists for numerous key positions including:

• U.S. Treasury Secretary: New York Federal Reserve Bank president Timothy Geithner, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, former Clinton Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, and economist and former Clinton advisor Laura D’Andrea Tyson

• Defense Secretary: current Secretary Robert Gates, former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, Powell, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., former deputy defense secretary John Hamre

• Homeland Security Secretary: former congressman and 9/11 commission member Tim Roemer, New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly, Richard Clarke, the former U.S. anti-terrorism chief, and former FEMA director James Lee Witt

• Secretary of State: U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., diplomat Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Sen Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., former senator Sam Nunn and Powell

United Nations ambassador: Caroline Kennedy and former U.S. assistant secretary of state Susan Rice.

Susan Rice is also a possible National Security Advisor to Obama along with James Steinberg who served as deputy security advisor to Clinton.

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