Campaign Promises

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Cabinet RepublicanGrade
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The Promise: "Often stated promise to appoint a Republican to his Cabinet, otherwise stated as "appoint a cabinet of the talents, irrespective of party labels." At one point, Obama stated that he "absolutely" considered it important to have Republicans in the Cabinet."
When/Where: Throughout campaign.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE49T05X20081030
Status:Obama retained Robert Gates as Defense Secretary. On 12/18/08, he added Congressman Ray Lahood (R-IL) as his pick to be Transportation Secretary, a nomination that was confirmed. On 02/03/09, he picked Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) to be his Commerce Secretary. Although that appointment didn't pan out, the intent was there.

This promise was fulfilled.
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