Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) “tells CNN he believes his good friend Joe Lieberman would make a good defense secretary for President Obama, calling him ‘one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues.’”
McCain was answering a question from CNN in a telephone interview about whether the president should consider picking Lieberman for the post, since Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants to leave this year.
"You know its funny you mention it," responded McCain, "I really hope that the president would consider him. I hadn’t thought about it but I sure hope, whatever happens, he will play a major role on national security issues," said McCain.
McCain noted his sadness that Lieberman, his close friend, will be leaving the Senate after his term is completed:
With sadness in his voice, the Arizona Republican called Lieberman "the most decent man that I have ever known in the Senate. He lives his religion and is the most generous spirit."
"He’s not going to go into retirement, he just wants to do other things, and I’ll miss him every single day," said McCain.
McCain said that Lieberman told him that he is "tired" after 40 years in public service, and admitted that "he knew he had a tough re-election fight" had he chosen to run for a fifth Senate term.