- The qualification that is uppermost in his mind is private-sector experience: “My focus is going to be on the economy, getting us strong again. So having people who have actually run things in the private sector or have been actively involved in the private sector will be of real interest to me.”
- Romney also said he would empower his Cabinet more than Obama has. “I do not look to bring someone in to run an agency and say, ‘Hey, go do a good job, and let me know how it goes.’ I look, instead, to come in and say, ‘Here is what I want to have done. These are the things I believe need to be done in this agency, and I’m the guy that got elected, not you. So, it is my goals, not your goals, that are first and foremost.”
- Romney said he expects that his Cabinet will have “a representative form of diversity that mirrors our society at large,” including women, African-Americans and Hispanics.
So let’s look at a few names:
- Former Utah Governor and Bush EPA chief Mike Leavitt for Chief of Staff
- PR Governor Luis Fortuño as possible Interior or Commerce
- OH Senator Rob Portman for Treasury
- Former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty for Education
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for Health and Human Services
- VA Governor Bob McDonnell or former PA Governor Ed Rendell (D)
- Former MO Senator Jim Talent for Secretary of Defense
- Former CT Senator Joseph Lieberman (D/I) as Secretary of State
All of this is speculation, of course.