Christopher tipped for key position
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Monday 14 December 1992
Mr Clinton is predictably offering no clues, and no further big appointments are expected until Wednesday, after the economic 'summit' of 300-plus industry, financial and union leaders in Little Rock which opens today. But in a television interview Mr Christopher, a Los Angeles lawyer who was Deputy Secretary of State in the Carter administration, conspicuously failed to rule himself out of contention. Earlier he had been seen as a front-runner for the Chief of Staff job.
The other most-touted candidates for State Department are the current Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell and the New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.
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