Obama was considering who will be on his transition team long before Tuesday’s election declared him the nation’s leader, and several Republicans were on the short list.
Obama is thinking about bringing GOP Sens. Chuck Hagel and Dick Lugar on board, according to sources close to the president-elect.
Hagel, R-Nebraska, is a Vietnam War veteran and fierce critic of the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.
Lugar, R-Indiana, is minority leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and worked with Obama last year to expand a program aimed at destroying weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union.
Also, the sources say Obama is considering adding Robert Gates — President Bush’s defense secretary — to his national security team.
Obama on Wednesday met with key advisers and began making decisions about his transition team.
Joe Biden, the vice president-elect, said a “sense of excitement” surrounds the transition.
“Yesterday we really did, five of us in a room, seven of us in a room, really actually [begin] to put together a government,” Biden said Thursday [...]