In America, there is a third prominent Republican in Barack Obama’s cabinet. The Democrat president has named senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary. Throughout his election campaign Obama stressed his wish to reach across party boundaries.
The President said: “Clearly, Judd and I don’t agree on every issue. Most notably, on who should have won the election. But we do agree on the urgent need to get American businesses and families back on their feet. We see eye to eye on conducting nation’s business in a responsible, transparent and accountable manner. And we know the only way to solve the great challenges of our time is to put aside stale ideology and petty partisanship and embrace what works.” Gregg joins two other Republicans in government – Ray LaHood at Transport and Robert Gates at Defence. The 61 year old New Hampshire senator has won respect from both sides of the political divide. He is known as a conservative on fiscal matters, and could play a key role in selling Obama’s economic rescue package, worth 625-billion euros, to sceptical members of his party in the senate.