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Boxer Hopes to See Nunn in Clinton Cabinet

 On a recent visit to campus, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer suggested Sen. Trent Lott will be a lot "friendlier to work with" than former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

But Lott, she conceded, will still be "a hard-ball conservative, very right-wing."

Boxer, spoke before a standing-room-only crowd at the Institute for Governmental Studies on Halloween.

The liberal California Democrat surprised many when asked who she'd most like to see head up President Clinton's second-term cabinet. Boxer could muster only one name: Sam Nunn, the conservative Georgia democrat who is retiring from the Senate.

"People always ask 'What were your surprises in the Senate?' One of the surprises was what a good friend I became with Sam Nunn."

"I think he is extremely bright, reasonable and... I think that he would lead us in a good direction if he were to be, for example, secretary of state or defense secretary," Boxer said.

She added she has no intention of ever vying for a cabinet post herself -- unless her re-election bid in 1998 fails.

Journalism student Jon Garcia contributed to this report.


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