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McCain Endorses Joe Lieberman for Defense Secretary

3:14 PM, Jan 19, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Bill Kristol suggested yesterday that Joe Lieberman would be an appropriate pick for Secretary of Defense. Today, John McCain endorsed the idea. Politico reports:

Sen. John McCain has the perfect next job for his friend Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who announced Wednesday he won’t run for re-election to the Senate next year: Secretary of Defense.

McCain, who nearly chose Lieberman to be his running mate on the GOP ticket in 2008, called on President Barack Obama to consider the Pentagon post for the retiring senator.

“You know it’s funny you mention it,” McCain said in a phone interview with CNN when asked if Obama ought to consider the move. “I really hope that the president would consider him. I hadn’t thought about it but I sure hope, whatever happens, he will play a major role on national security issues.”

McCain said Lieberman would be qualified for the job, calling his colleague “one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues.”

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