Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter today (Friday 1/25/2013) squashed the rumors that he’s in line to become the next Secretary of Energy. Thanks to the AP’s Robert Burns for getting Carter on the record on the issue:
Carter also disclosed that he will remain on the job as deputy defense secretary in President Barack Obama’s second term. He said Obama had called him after nominating Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, asking Carter to remain.
“I agreed to do that, and I’m enthusiastic about doing that,” he said, adding that he believes Hagel will be a good Pentagon chief.
Carter had been mentioned as a possible Obama choice for energy secretary.