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Fmr. Rep. Norman Mineta New Nominee for Commerce Secy.

Aired June 29, 2000 - 9:58 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: There is a void to fill in the Clinton cabinet. Kelly Wallace, live from the White House, update on this story now,

Kelly, good morning. What is happening?

KELLY WALLACE, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, good morning, Bill.

CNN has learned that President Clinton will nominate former Democratic Congressman Norman Mineta of California, who resigned from the House in 1995, to replace Commerce Secretary William Daley. The president is expected to make this announcement here at the White House a little bit later this morning.

You may recall that Secretary Daley announced that he was leaving his post so that he could head up Al Gore's campaign, Democratic campaign for the White House, Mr. Daley said he would be leaving his post as of July 15. Now, Daley, apparently, had recommended that his deputy, Robert Mallett, succeed him. But White House officials tell CNN's John King that the White House wanted a more high-profile candidate and someone who was more assured of getting confirmed in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Kelly Wallace, CNN, reporting live from the White House.

HEMMER: All right, Kelly, thank you.

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