Report: Reed among candidates to replace Defense Chief Gates


Obama administration officials are considering U.S. Sen. Jack Reed as possible replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to report by Bloomberg.

Gates has previously said he plans to retire sometime this year.

Reed, who is in his third term and doesn’t face re-election until 2014, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He said he doesn’t think he’ll get the nod.

“I’m working hard to be a good senator from Rhode Island, and that is my sole focus, and I hope to be able to focus on that for the remainder of my term.  I think there are many worthy candidates and the president will find one, and I will not be that one,” Reed told POLITICO.

Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, are also among the candidates to succeed Gates.

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