Obama Unveils Security Team Starring Clinton, Gates

Security not a partisan issue, president-elect declares
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2008 10:31 AM CST
President-elect Barack Obama stands with Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, at a news conference in Chicago today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama officially announced his national-security team today, a group including primary rival Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and Bush holdover Robert Gates as defense secretary, the AP reports. “One of the dangers in a White House, is that you get wrapped up in group-think,” Obama said, explaining his potentially clashing picks. “So I am going to be welcoming a vigorous debate.”

Rounding out the team are Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, expected to bring immigration expertise as homeland security secretary; ex-diplomat and general Jim Jones as national security adviser; Eric Holder as Attorney General; and Susan Rice as UN ambassador, which Obama is elevating to a cabinet-level position. “This team is what we need to make a new beginning for American national security,” Obama said.