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Politics Biden tamps down idea of nominating Warren, Sanders for Cabinet jobs

21:40  25 november  2020
21:40  25 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Warren and Sanders were two of Biden 's biggest Democratic primary rivals – pictured here at one of the debates last year. Progressive Democrats have been holding out for some of their biggest stars to get roles within Biden 's Cabinet to force a more progressive agenda.

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday tamped down the possibility of nominating Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to Cabinet positions, and instead suggested he would like too keep them in the Senate to push forward his progressive agenda.

Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar with fellow presidential candidate Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. © Sean Rayford, Getty Images Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar with fellow presidential candidate Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C.

During an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, the reporter asked Biden if he had talked to his former primary rivals about Cabinet roles.

"We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration, but there's nothing really off the table," the president-elect said.

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"One thing is really critical, taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made," he said. "I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and it's going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done."

Sanders has reportedly been vying for the labor secretary position. During an interview with CNN this month, Sanders said he would accept the nomination if Biden appointed him to that position.

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"If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would," Sanders said.

Progressives have also pushed for Warren to be nominated as Treasury secretary. However, Biden will appoint Janet Yellen, who is supported by both moderates and progressives.

Biden has announced several appointments to his administration this week, including Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of Homeland Security, who would be the first immigrant and first Latino to hold the post; Antony Blinken as secretary of state; Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and Avril Haines to lead the U.S. intelligence community.

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When asked whether he would nominate or select a Republican or "someone who voted for President Trump," Biden said yes.

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Scoop: Biden may keep Warren , Sanders out of Cabinet . The intrigue: An informal ban could also be an elegant way of tamping down campaigns to place progressive senators in top Between the lines: If strictly applied, an informal ban also would dash Cabinet hopes for senators from states with

For Sanders , “Not me, us” conveyed that he viewed himself as the voice and vessel of a mass movement. That’s not a realistic aspiration for Biden , but the slogan could Presidential nominees and campaign strategists have occasionally floated the idea of specifying a Cabinet during an election.

Biden's comments will likely draw the ire of progressives. Throughout the campaign, Biden often highlighted Republicans who supported his campaign like Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCain, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who gave brief remarks at the Democratic National Convention.

"I want this country to be united," Biden said. "The purpose of our administration is once again reunited. We can't keep this virial and political dialogue going. It has to end."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden tamps down idea of nominating Warren, Sanders for Cabinet jobs

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