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With the Obama Veepstakes poll now concluded and Gov. Bill Richardson as your chosen running mate (which was covered by the Santa Fe Reporter) it's time to take this a step further:

Who would you like to see in an Obama cabinet?

Thus far, Joe Biden won the Sec. of State poll and Michael Bloomberg won the Sec. of the Treasury poll (results below the fold). Today you can vote in the runoff on the next Secretary of Defense:

Here are the winners of previous rounds:

Vice President: Bill Richardson

Secretary of State: Joe Biden wins with 77% (162 of 210 votes) in the runoff against Chuck Hagel.

Secretaty of the Treasury: Michael Bloomberg wins with 55% (95 of 172 votes) in the runoff against Chris Dodd.

Here's the list of current cabinet positions and cabinet level administration offices that will be polled in the coming weeks:

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

White House Chief of Staff
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Director of the National Drug Control Policy
United States Trade Representative

Who will be included: a maximum of 15 candidates (max number of positions in Dkos polls), I'll try to make each round as diverse as possible, always keeping in mind competence and knowledge required for the respective position. Therefore, I'll include men and women, minorities, sitting and former elected officials, appointed officials, academics, people from the non-profit and private sectors, Obama as well as Clinton supporters, and, yes, also Republicans and Independents.

Results of yesterday's poll:

Total votes cast: 292

  1. Chuck Hagel 30% (88 votes)
  1. Jim Webb 23% (70 votes)
  1. Sam Nunn 14% (43 votes)
  1. Colin Powell 11% (34 votes)
  1. Jack Reed 4% (12 votes)
  1. Chuck Robb 3% (11 votes)
  1. Richard Danzig 2% (8 votes)
  1. Neil Abercrombie 2% (6 votes)
  1. Carl Levin 1% (5 votes)
  1. Lawrence Korn 1% (4 votes)
  1. Louis Caldera 1% (3 votes)
  1. Hillary Clinton 1% (3 votes)
  1. Loretta Sanchez 1% (3 votes)
  1. Sarah Sewall 0% (2 votes)

Togo West received no votes.

Today's candidates in the runoff for Secretary of Defense are (in alphabetical order, links lead to bio):

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) - Vietnam War Veteran, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Sen. Jim Webb (VA) - fmr. Sec. of the Navy, member of the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and Veterans Affairs Committees

Note:Anthony Zinni and Wesley Clark are not included in this poll because they are only eligible after they have been retired for at least 10 years. A candidate needs 50% or more to win, otherwise a run-off between the top two will be held the following day. Also: each candidate can only win one poll. Whoever wins today's poll will not be a candidate for any other position!

I would also like to ask you to nominate candidates for all cabinet positions not yet polled, for several of them I'm still well short of 15 candidates.

Enjoy voting!

Originally posted to Sven at My Silver State on Fri May 02, 2008 at 03:44 AM PDT.


Who should be Barack Obama's Secretary of Defense?

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