Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice said Friday that she is eligible to serve in Democratic nominee Joe Bidens administration if he is elected and chooses her.
Rice said shes qualified to be Bidens secretary of state or defense in Bidens potential administration. “I can do that” when she was asked by an interviewer if she would be Bidens secretary of defense or state. Rice also suggested she would be willing to serve in another capacity.
However, in the interview, she stressed that its up to Biden.
“This is up to the next president of the United States and the Senate, if these are going to be Senate-confirmed positions. So lets just hold our horses here. Job one … is we got to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected,” Rice said in an interview, according to The Hill. “That is vital. And we need to flip the Senate. And then Joe Biden needs to decide what team he wants around him and in what constellation,” she said.
Rice added that she was in charge of former President Barack Obamas national security council and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Ted Kaufman, another one of Bidens advisors and a former senator, said that cabinet picks will rely on those with experience.
“I think this is about getting seasoned people that are really qualified to do the job. People with experience, people that are smart as hell and people that reflect America,” Kaufman said in a Politico interview. “A lot of this isnt about ideology or anything else. Its totally about what do you do” after President Donald Trumps administration, he said.