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Clinton Prepares For Tough Questions

Cabinet Shuffle, Democratic Fund-Raising Abuses On Agenda

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Nov. 8) -- After ducking some uncomfortable questions in the campaign's final days, President Bill Clinton is set to talk today about his Cabinet shuffle, his second-term legislative agenda and questionable campaign fund-raising by the Democrats.

The president also is expected to announce that North Carolina investment banker Erskine Bowles will succeed outgoing Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.

Questions on all those topics are expected at Clinton's first post-election news conference, set for 3 p.m. EST. CNN will provide live coverage of the question-and-answer session, Clinton's first full-blown news conference in nearly five months.

Clinton has delayed the start of his Hawaii vacation to work on naming a new chief of staff and assembling a new cabinet. So far, six of 14 cabinet members have either resigned or announced their plans to do so. Panetta plans to leave to return to his home state, California.

So far, these are the cabinet members who are leaving:

  • Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
  • Defense Secretary William Perry.
  • Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
  • Transportation Secretary Federico Pena.
  • Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary.
  • Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor.

In addition, there are also reports that Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros will leave.

In the spirit of the bipartisanship he spoke about election night, Clinton may name one or more Republicans to a cabinet spot or other high-level post in his second administration.

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