Barack's Team Stacked With Bill's People

Obama's policy group boasts more than a few Clinton heavy hitters
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 1:39 PM CDT
Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a fundraiser in Portland, Ore., Friday, Sept. 7, 2007.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Belying the rebel image that his campaign has sculpted out of his relative lack of political experience, the formidable team surrounding Barack Obama is full of Democratic policy veterans. Oddly enough, given the identity of his his main rival, many of them are pulled from the top ranks of the Clinton administration, the Chicago Tribune reports.

These include Anthony Lake, Clinton's first national security adviser, Eric Holder, former deputy attorney general, and Susan Rice, a protege of Madeleine Albright as assistant secretary of state. Obama currently has over 700 experts on foreign and domestic policy on his roster, a number election experts say is highly unusual for the primary season.