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Giuliani's Lessons From Lincoln--and the 1980s Too

By Juliet Eilperin
HOOKSETT, N.H.--When it comes to picking role models for his future defense and foreign policy advisers, GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani sounds nostalgic for the 1980s.

In a town hall meeting Wednesday night at American Legion Post 37, a questioner asked Giuliani whom he would select for his secretaries of defense and state should he win the general election. While Giuliani demurred from naming possible Cabinet nominees, he offered a few examples of ones he admired from the past. Notably absent from his list: President Bush's current foreign policy and defense team.

"George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger," he said, referring to Ronald Reagan's secretaries of state and defense. "Those would be two good models."

After pausing for a moment he mentioned two other Republican former secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell. Then he urged the audience to read "Team of Rivals," historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's account of President Lincoln's relations with his cabinet, which he said offered an interesting way of selecting members of a new administration.

"Abraham Lincoln basically selected all of his opponents to be in his cabinet," he said, adding quickly, "All of his Republican opponents."

No word from the Giuliani camp on whether the candidate has put out feelers to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Mike Huckabee about joining a future Giuliani cabinet. Probably not, though, since the former New York mayor emphasized that when it comes to assembling a new administration, "You think about that after you're nominated, and then after you're elected."

By Washington Post editors  |  January 3, 2008; 10:32 AM ET
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"After pausing for a moment he mentioned two other Republican former secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell."

Does he mean the same Henry Kissinger that doesn't back candidates in a primary? The same Henry Kissinger that has endorsed John McCain?

Posted by: donttreadonme | January 3, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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