Biden Vetting GOP Candidates for Possible Cabinet Positions
One of Joe Biden’s top campaign mottos is “UNITY”, and he’s backing that up by considering several members of the GOP as possible Cabinet members for his potential administration. In his eagerness to unite a severely divided United States of America, critics fear that Biden is risking angering progressives with his choices, while the vetting process may not translate into more support from Republican voters.
Biden isn’t the first to reach across the aisle to fill his Cabinet in the name of bipartisanship. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama have all done the same. But that tradition died with Donald Trump, and liberal Democrats are already warning that a Republican pick, even a moderate one, could sow distrust within the party before Biden even takes office.
The names released on Tuesday include former Ohio governor John Kasich, who also spoke on behalf of Biden at the Democratic National Convention in August, which drew criticism from his fellow Republicans. Kasich has shown himself to be more open-minded and liberal than his GOP colleagues, but his voting history on abortion is causing outrage among Democratic voters.
"What does a Republican “moderate” mean these days, though? Under Kasich, half of Ohio’s abortion clinics closed. In his 2015 budget, Kasich proposed cutting Medicaid coverage for low-income pregnant women." Great piece by @NifMuhammad https://t.co/1r00RWpoHp
— Samuel Black (@potter_black) October 20, 2020
Other notable Republicans who have adapted the “Never Trump” stance who are also being considered: Meg Whitman, the CEO of Quibi and former CEO of eBay, Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker, former Sen. Jeff Flake, and former Rep. Charlie Dent, who resigned from Congress in 2018 and became a lobbyist.
Biden’s attempts to reach across the aisle during a contentious election is just the latest in a series of steps Biden has taken to extend an olive branch to the other side. His campaign regularly holds calls with a group of officials who have endorsed him, including Republicans. After giving multiple GOP supporters prime speaking slots at his August convention, he tapped others for roles on his transition team, including Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Republican Sen. John McCain.