Barack Obama has often said that he would like to have Republicans serve in his Cabinet if elected President. I think that this is a very smart move — as the only way to get back to results-producing government is to win over enough dissident Republicans to generate a new, workable political equilibrium.
Obama has mentioned Schwarzenegger, Richard Lugar and Chuck Hagel as possibilities for a government he might run. At the same time, Bloomberg may decide to shock everyone with his own presidential run — and Hagel is the rumored frontrunner for that VP ticket.
Just to fill out a bit more of the travel picture on where leading presidential contenders (and vice presidential contenders) have been, I asked Senator Hagel for his travel details.
In this case, Hagel responded in the format I originally asked all of the candidates — which was to share the regions of the world he had visited and the frequency.
Here are the results:
Senator Chuck Hagel – International Travel
2004, twice in 2005
Asia (including South Asia and Southeast Asia; i.e. India/Pakistan)
twice in 2006
2004, 2005, twice in 2007
It is interesting to note that Senator Hagel made the time to go to Latin America — something missing in the profiles of Obama, Clinton, Romney, and Biden, although as First Lady, Hillary Clinton went to Latin America on numerous occasions.
— Steve Clemons