If Elected, Obama Would Want McCain to Play Role of ‘Loyal Opposition’

By Dotcomabc

Aug 2, 2008 12:50pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:  Sen. Barack Obama received an intriguing question during his town hall in Titusville, Fla.: What role would he have Sen. John McCain — and Sen. Joe Lieberman — play in his administration if he is elected?

The presumptive Democratic nominee first joked that he was being set up to get in trouble, but then answered, “Sen. McCain, I would have him serve in the role of loyal opposition, in the minority.”

Obama said that there is an important function to the role in his mind: “It’s important to have an opposition that is keeping you on your toes and giving you a hard time and calling you out if you’re not doing what you say you’re going to do.”

The Illinois Senator did not comment on the role Lieberman would play in an Obama administration.

With 93 days left until the election, Obama fought back criticisms earlier in the day that he was being too presumptuous about his presidential prospects.

“If I was presumptuous or taking this for granted, I wouldn’t be working this hard this week. I’m beat,” he said, laughing, “So obviously we think that we’re in a tight race. And we think that this is going to be a close race all the way through.”

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