Inevitably, the first choice after the president is one of those closest to him, especially Vice President Dick Cheney (“When he’s willing to come out”), Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (“He actually listens to the question you ask and tries to answer it, even if it’s not the answer you want to hear”), or Secretary of State Colin Powell (“Because of the issues he’s dealing with”).
Also nominated: Democratic presidential contenders Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. Until recently, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s hat was also in this ring, engendering the impertinent question of whether Gov. Dean “makes political news or mental health news.” Sen. Edwards dropped out of the race last week.
Others who rate mentions as newsmakers are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. Then there is the still sought-after former first lady and now Democratic senator from New York, Hillary Clinton (“Of course”).
2003 Most Likely to Make News: Vice President Cheney, Secretary Powell, Secretary Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.