Choice to Head VA Coming Sunday in Chicago
By Philip Rucker
President-elect Barack Obama will announce his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs tomorrow at a news conference in Chicago, according to a Democratic source. Obama also plans to use the news conference to commemorate the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
It was unclear this afternoon who Obama would announce as his choice for secretary of veterans affairs. Other sources said the leading candidates were Rick Noriega, a Texas state representative who served in the Texas Army National Guard and ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate this year, and Marshall Carter, a decorated Vietnam veteran and banker who is chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Group.
Several others have been under consideration for the post, including Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq veteran who leads the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; former senator Max Cleland of Georgia, a disabled Vietnam veteran who was secretary of veterans affairs under President Jimmy Carter; and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, an Iraq veteran.
The news conference is set for 2 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow, during which the president-elect will also highlight the contributions of those who have served the nation in the military, Obama aides say.
Posted at 4:05 PM ET on Dec 6, 2008
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