Conway: Search for SecState Expanding
And might add Jon Huntsman to the list
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2016 12:29 PM CST
Mitt Romney talks with reporters after eating dinner with President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico. "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt for Romney, on Sunday at Trump Tower. "I think you've all seen the list before that already existed. I think there'll be additional interviews with other candidates for secretary of state and other Cabinet positions, and deputy Cabinet positions as well." That reveal syncs up with what Mike Pence earlier told Meet the Press: "With regard to secretary of state, we've been winnowing the list, but it might grow a little bit." The AP floats a potential addition, citing an anonymous transition source: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

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