Bush Cabinet

August 7, 2000

Now that the Republican Convention is over and we are waiting until the beginning of the Democratic Convention, I thought I would tend to some unfinished business. In a previous commentary, I talked about George Bush's running mate, Dick Cheney. Today I would like to talk about his cabinet.

No one knows who George W. Bush would pick for his cabinet, but there are some educated guesses. This guessing game helps voters flesh out what a Bush administration might look like. Here are some of my guesses for various cabinet offices.

I believe it's quite possible that he will tap Colin Powell for the State Department or Defense Department. If Colin Powell takes one of those offices, many believe that Indiana Senator Dick Lugar would take the other. He is a ex-Navy officer who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Bush's National Security Adviser would most likely be Condoleezza Rice since she already leads the governor's international adviser team and delivered a speech at the Republican Convention last Tuesday night.

His attorney general would probably be former Senator John Danforth. Danforth was on the short list for vice-president. He was once Missouri's attorney general. I believe George W. Bush will tap him for this office.

I believe he will ask Elizabeth Dole to head up the Department of Health and Human Services. If she declines, some have suggested that post might go to Governor Tommy Thompson or Tennessee Senator Bill Frist. The Department of Education might be headed by Texas reformer Tom Luce or possibly by Lamar Alexander who has already served in that capacity in President Bush's cabinet.

Well, I could go on, but you can begin to get a better idea of who might be in George W. Bush's cabinet. When Al Gore announces his vice president, we will look at his nominee and begin to make educated guesses about who would be in his cabinet.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.