Monday, December 1, 2008

Lugar: Obama making 'excellent selections'

Richard Lugar showed his support for Barack Obama's approach to foreign policy weeks before this year's election.  Now with just fifty days until Obama takes office, the Indiana Republican is once again showing his approval. Lugar appears to be quite comfortable with the future national security team. Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, here's Lugar's vote of confidence for Obama's new team.
Stephanopoulos:  "..we expect to hear tomorrow in Chicago -- the appointment, of course, of Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state; Robert Gates expected to stay on at the Pentagon; General Jim Jones, the former commandant of the Marine Corps, supreme commander of NATO, will be national security adviser; and Dr. Susan Rice likely to come on as U.N. ambassador."

"Senator Lugar, as a Republican, as the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, how do you assess that team?"
Lugar:  "I think they're excellent selections.  I think it will be a strong team. I would just say, as an individual, I look forward to working with each one of them. Bipartisan support of this team really is of the essence right now."
Read the full transcript of Stephanopoulos' interview with Richard Lugar and Jack Reed here. Or watch the full interview here (video).

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