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   Obama still must fill key positions, possibly with Republicans

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12/8/2008 4:00 pm

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CNN

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Entered 12/8/2008, Updated 12/8/2008

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(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama's team has pledged to appoint Republicans to his administration, but so far, just one Republican is set to hold a leading Cabinet post. Obama last week announced that he wants Defense Secretary Robert Gates to stay on board for at least another year. Asked if Gates meets the requirement for a Republican on the Cabinet, Obama said he didn't "check his voter registration." "What I was most concerned with was whether or not they can serve the interests of the American people," Obama said. Gates has said he has not registered with a political party, but considers himself a Republican. John Podesta, co-chairman of the transition team, has said there will be "multiple Republicans" in the incoming administration.


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