In a wide-ranging interview that will air Sunday night on the CBS program, “60 Minutes,” President-elect Barack Obama said he would choose at least one Republican for a position in his cabinet but declined to hint at who he had in mind.
“Will there be Republicans?” asked Steve Kroft, the “60 Minutes” interviewer. “Yes,” Mr. Obama replied. But when pressed, the president-elect would not name the G.O.P leaders he is considering nor did he tip his cards about which cabinet office he saw as a good fit for a member of the opposing party.
Mr. Obama, however, seemed receptive to the idea of surrounding himself with a so-called “team of rivals” — a notion that has taken on greater significance as speculation swirls about whether he would possibly pick Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his secretary of state.
f he did choose such a group for his cabinet, Mr. Obama would be following in the footsteps of another Illinois politician who ascended to the presidency, Abraham Lincoln. In the interview, Mr. Obama, who has been reading about the Lincoln White House, suggested he had an affinity for 16th president’s approach.
“There is a wisdom there and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful,” Mr. Obama said.