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The 2016 election is approaching and it is pretty clear that the Democrats have a huge advantage going into this election, especially with rumors of Hillary R. Clinton's potential presidential run. It is time for fresh faces in Washington D.C. so we can actually create the change that the voters asked for in 2012. Support for the Democratic Party and their causes is growing and we have a real opportunity to change the culture of Washington D.C. in 2016 so that it works for we the people once again.

The people who will make the most change are those who will be advising the president on a daily basis: his or her cabinet secretaries.

Once a week, I will post a proposed cabinet position, you make your own suggestions, and we will take polls and vote to see who we agree should be on the 2016 Presidential cabinet. Have an alternative choice? Post it in the comment section or vote for the proposed secretaries in the poll. In the end, I will come up with the final Daily Kos approved Presidential Cabinet. I want this to be interactive and democratic, and have you, the Kos masses, create this proposed presidential cabinet. I will send the final version to the Democratic nominee for President so they know who we have in mind.

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Here is my pick for the Vice President. Please comment to post your picks and have people vote on them. Watch the nominees DNC Speech here.

Vice President:Julian Castro

A 38-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected on May 9, 2009, Mayor Castro handily won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. He became a household name after being selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In June 2012, he delivered the Keynote Address at the Texas State Democratic Convention. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum. In 2011, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio the nation’s top-performing local economy. Mayor Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort turned nonprofit that has galvanized thousands of San Antonians around a simple, but powerful vision for San Antonio — to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the nation. Under his leadership, the city in 2010 opened Café College, a one-stop center offering high-quality guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area. In its first year, Café College served more than 5,000 area students, spurring an expansion of the facility in 2011. Mayor Castro also has brought a sense of urgency to revitalizing the city’s urban core, including the underserved East Side of San Antonio, by initiating the “Decade of Downtown” and approving a series of incentives to encourage inner city investment. These efforts have spurred plans for the construction of more than 2,400 housing units in the center city by 2014. In March 2010, Mayor Castro joined executives from Google and Twitter in being named to the World Economic Forum`s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Mayor Castro also serves on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow, and has joined San Antonio business leaders for summits and official visits in England, India, Israel, and Mexico. After attracting the support of prominent local CEOs and seven area Chambers of Commerce, a 1/8-cent sales tax referendum, called Pre-K 4 SA, was passed by San Antonio voters in November 2012. In tandem with state and federal dollars, Pre-K 4 SA is expected to provide high quality, full-day pre-kindergarten to more than 22,000 San Antonio four-year-olds over the next eight years. Mayor Castro’s tireless advocacy to grow a more skilled workforce in the region by supporting early childhood education has generated local and national new coverage. Mayor Castro earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with honors and distinction in 1996 and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2000. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at that time in San Antonio history. Mayor Castro`s brother, Joaquin, serves in the United States Congress representing the 20th Congressional District of Texas.

Source:
http://www.mayorcastro.com/...

Assistant: Howard Dean

Governor Howard Dean, former DNC chairman, presidential candidate, six term governor and physician, currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. Gov. Dean also serves as chairman of the board of the Progressive Book Club, is a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.Gov. Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. He served as governor for 12 years — the second longest serving in the state. Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Gov. Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as governor of Vermont. He left office in Vermont to run for president in 2003, implementing innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Dean created and implemented the "50 State Strategy" and the development of 21st century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority. Before entering politics, Gov. Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vt.

Source:
http://www.ndi.org/...

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  •  Did you copy those bios from somewhere? (3+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, BvueDem, tmservo433

    You should credit them, if so.

    I see what you did there.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:41:25 PM PDT

  •  If Hillary runs with Dean, Castro, or Warren (1+ / 0-)
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    BvueDem

    she'll get my vote somewhat more enthusiastically.  She gets it begrudgingly with a generic VP.  I was less than happy with some of the things said by her and her surrogates about Obama in the 2008 primary.

    •  I hate to say it (1+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox

      but a Hillary/Dean or a Hillary/Warren ticket is a ticket to codgerdom. ALL are too old. But since Hillary will not be the candidate, it's moot.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:59:10 PM PDT

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      •  Meh, age is irrelevant. (0+ / 0-)

        Mental acuity is the important part, and all three of them are still on top of their mental game.  Old or not, none of them would be a Reagan.

        •  No, it is not irrelevant (0+ / 0-)

          You cannot run a grueling campaign or keep up the workload of the presidency on pure mental acuity.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:27:05 PM PDT

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          •  Depends on who it is (0+ / 0-)

            Satchel Page pitched 3 innings in the majors in his sixties (and maybe older, he lied about his age all the time)

            So, you never know what you're getting.

            Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

            by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:09:10 PM PDT

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            •  Yeah Jason Kidd is 40 still in the NBA, Go NYK (0+ / 0-)

              But hes a back up, and he doesnt start.

              And a baseball game is 9 innings, Page pitched a 1/3rd of a game, and someone had to come in and finish the job.

              Is that the analogy you wanted, that Hillary could start the job but would need to be replaced..... that Hillary wont be able to go the distance.

              .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

              by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:27:21 PM PDT

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              •  Not quite.. (0+ / 0-)

                Well, I don't count on Hillary wiffing a side.  

                Though we've had a 101 run a marathon:

                http://espn.go.com/...

                But if you want more fitting, non-athletes who performed late into life, then we have to remember the realities of both the office and what we are asking them to do.  I seriously doubt Hillary is going to be running any marathons, etc.  Should she pick a youthful VP if she gets the nom?  Yes, I think so.   But being in mid-60s right now isn't quite the same thing as being tied to a wheelchair unable to perform ;)

                Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

                by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:42:18 PM PDT

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                •  Americans dont elect presidents that old (0+ / 0-)

                  Reagan was the outlier.

                  Millennials are a larger and larger voting block.

                  .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

                  by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:38:22 PM PDT

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          •   Dems elect POTUS's in their 40's & 50's (0+ / 0-)

            GOP- 50's & 60's.

            the US only rarely elects someone as old as Reagan, and Hillary would be 70 in her first year, just like Reagan.

            .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

            by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:12:37 PM PDT

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        •  Look at history Dem Presidents are 40's & 50's (0+ / 0-)

          And except for Reagan the GOP hasnt had a President that old in a 100 years.

          .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:08:33 PM PDT

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    •  time for new blood (0+ / 0-)

      Almost every year since 1980, we've had someone in the Executive branch with the name "Bush" or "Clinton".

      I'm not a big fan of dynasties.

      Anyway, the reason I backed Obama in the primaries was because I had already lived through the first Clinton disaster and didn't want another (though oddly enough that's what we got anyway, since Obama turned out to be a Third Way Dem clone). So if Hillary runs in 2016, she won't get a dime from me.

  •  Actually, I reject the total premise of this diary (4+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, PatriciaVa, Gordon20024, DaNang65

    NOTHING about 2016 is "clear": whether Democrats have an advantage, whether Hillary will run, whether she would BE an advantage or a liability, especially what kind of Republican Party will we be running against in 2016. VICE president? We don't even have the remotest idea who a good presidential candidate would be yet.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:58:05 PM PDT

    •  Recall 2007, when many said Senator Clinton.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox

      ...had a 90% chance of winning the presidency.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:23:06 PM PDT

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      •  And they said she had a 100% chance (1+ / 0-)
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        Roger Fox

        of being the nominee. In fact, they said the race was between Hillary and Rudy and no one else had a chance.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:27:59 PM PDT

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        •  And they were fools... (0+ / 0-)

          ...simply by the presumption that a pro-gun control, pro-choice, pro-gay candidate could ever get anywhere remotely close to the GOP nomination, much less win it.

          However, the fact that someone loses does not mean where were also not a logical favorite. As far as the future, neither you nor I know who the Democratic nominee will not be in 2016. And at least one of us realizes that.

        •  in that, Obama gets my immense admiration (1+ / 0-)
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          Indeed the entire Party hierarchy thought that Hillary's coronation was a done deal---until Obama came along. Through purely masterful organizing, Obama managed to take on and beat BOTH parties' political machines---the Hillary/Dem machine and then the rightwing/GOP machine. That was something few people could have done.

          Sadly, Obama's governing skills are nowhere near his campaigning skills . . . .

          Which leads me to believe that Obama's best and most useful work will happen AFTER he leaves office, when he starts organizing for Dem candidates. What the party needs desperately is for Obama to repeat his previous feat----to take an unknown liberal from the fringes of the Dem Party and propel her/him to the top--but this time to do the same thing throughout the entire party, replacing completely the old ossified Eisenhower Republicans with new young progressive Democrats (that ACT LIKE DEMOCRATS). Do that, and we will dominate politics for the next generation.  Do it not, and we will continue to stumble in our current ineffectual codependence with the goppers.

        •  Bulls eye (0+ / 0-)

          .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:13:50 PM PDT

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      •  Nailed it (0+ / 0-)

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:13:30 PM PDT

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  •  Howard Dean as assistant.... of what? (0+ / 0-)

    I doubt Gov Dean would take any position whose title started with Assistant.

    And frankly it appears you thru Gov Dean in the Dairy to appease Progressives, Deaniacs, etc. And thats called pandering. Obvious pandering.

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:20:15 PM PDT

    •  Howard Dean (0+ / 0-)

      Having a true progressive in their to pander? My last pick was John Lewis for Senior Advisor. He is not progressive enough for you? He was literally almost killed standing up for Civil Rights. There will be a lot of progressives on the cabinet, so please do not say I am "pandering" to progressives when many of my picks will be liberal Democrats and "progressives". Thank you.

  •  Why not just have Dean back as DNC Chair? (1+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox

    I'd LOVE that to happen again.  In fact, Dean should be permanent DNC Chair.

    •  Yes. And the dairy says assistant... of what? (0+ / 0-)

      Like I said upthread, Gov Dean is not likely to take any job that starts with Assistant in the title.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:41:26 PM PDT

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  •  Howard Dean (0+ / 0-)

    Hearing that Dean should be the DNC chair instead. Any suggestions to fill the spot? Thanks!

    •  What spot is assistant? (0+ / 0-)

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:20:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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