In The Crosshairs

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$ DEMOCRATS WON'T PUT UP A FIGHT
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Moderate
Norman Mineta
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY
The former Congressman and Clinton Commerce Secretary is Bush's token Democrat. He's liberal but pragmatic

Colin Powell
SECRETARY OF STATE
Moderate and cautious on foreign issues, an advocate for children and minorities at home, he could be the Cabinet's social conscience

Christine Todd Whitman
EPA ADMINISTRATOR
She has had some success protecting public land and cleaning the water, but puts business interests first. The moderate face of Bush environmentalism

Condoleezza Rice*
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
A Republican ever since President Carter mishandled Afghanistan, Rice is conservative on foreign policy issues, moderate on domestic concerns

Rod Paige
EDUCATION SECRETARY
Like his new boss, he believes in accountability, local control and charter schools. Unlike Bush, he's cautious about school vouchers

Mel Martinez
HOUSING SECRETARY
As a Florida county chairman, Martinez cut property taxes and helped low-income families find housing. He axed the fire chief for not diversifying his staff

Ann Veneman
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY
A strong consumer advocate, Veneman spent her term as California's agriculture secretary stressing free trade

Paul O'Neill
TREASURY SECRETARY
Open-minded and pragmatic, Alcoa's former chairman is not a devout supply-sider. He once supported higher gas taxes, and has good relations with labor

Conservative
Anthony Principi
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
A Vietnam vet and acting VA Secretary in the first Bush Administration, Principi wants to strengthen veterans' benefits

Donald Evans
COMMERCE SECRETARY
Evans is practical and down to earth. The oil executive will be pro-business. Dems are worried he'll repay all those contributors

Donald Rumsfeld
DEFENSE SECRETARY
Cheney's mentor, he will push hard for missile defense. Will he always see eye to eye with that hero over at the State Department?

Spencer Abraham
ENERGY SECRETARY
He has no energy experience, but he did sponsor a bill to abolish the department. Also opposed tougher fuel-efficiency standards for SUVs

Tommy Thompson
SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Wisconsin's pro-life Governor passed strong welfare reform but matched it with better child care and health insurance for poor families

Gale Norton
INTERIOR SECRETARY
A fierce critic of Clinton's drive to protect national monuments, she has called for new drilling in Alaska. The conservative face of Bush environmentalism

Linda Chavez
LABOR SECRETARY
She has criticized minimum-wage hikes, bilingual education, affirmative action and many labor rules. Unions and civil-rights groups are taking aim

John Ashcroft
ATTORNEY GENERAL
He led the fight against a respected black nominee to the federal bench. He's staunchly pro-life. That honorary degree from Bob Jones University isn't going to help