‘The third Reagan term that we never got’

Philip Rucker and David Nakamura report on the jockeying among Republicans hoping to be part of a Mitt Romney administration:

Asked to describe the kind of team Romney would build, one Republican close to the transition planning said it would be “the third Reagan term that we never got.” Other supporters said they are looking for clues as to whether Romney would cater to the ideological right or more to the center, with evidence pointing to both.

A list of contenders below the jump. 

* Mike Leavitt, a former Utah governor and secretary of Health and Human Services and the head of Romney's transition team, is a likely chief of staff.

* Richard S. Williamson, a top foreign policy official in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and a senior policy adviser to Romney, is in the mix for a number of foreign policy posts, including perhaps national security adviser.

* John R. Bolton, a Romney campaign surrogate who served as Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations.

* Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Romney’s sparring partner in practice debates, is likely to be a top candidate to head the Treasury Department.

* R. Glenn Hubbard, the dean of Columbia Business School, is another Treasury Department contender

* Former Missouri senator Jim Talent is considered the most likely pick for defense secretary.

* Dan Senor, chief spokesman in the Bush administration for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, would almost certainly serve in a national security position. 

* Mitchell Reiss, the policy-planning chief under Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

* Elliott Abrams, a member of Bush’s National Security Council

* Alex Wong, the Romney campaign’s foreign policy director 

* Lanhee Chen, the campaign's policy director, could assume a senior position overseeing domestic policy in the White House. 

* Senior advisers Eric Fehrnstrom and Kevin Madden are considered likely contenders for press secretary.

Other names that come up but are not trusted by more hawkish Republicans: 

* Robert B. Zoellick, a George W. Bush administration official who recently stepped down as head of the World Bank, mentioned as a possible head of the State Department or the Treasury Department.

* Richard Haass, a policy-planning chief under Powell.

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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