Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles “will reject any offer to be Treasury Secretary” and that the job “he absolutely wants is a chief negotiator, according to FOX Business Network (FBN) Senior Correspondent Charlie Gasparino. However, Gasparino reports that “the White House apparently still does not want him” in the role of fiscal cliff czar.
Excerpts from the report are below.
On whether Erskine Bowles will be a chief negotiator:
“This is what Bowles is telling friends...he will reject any offer to be Treasury Secretary. Now I will point out Hank Paulson said that too before being called by President Bush back in 2006 and taking the job. But the job that he absolutely wants is a chief negotiator. Hes described it as a czar of these fiscal cliff talks and here’s the rub, the White House apparently still does not want him. He’s offered and offered and offered, and they are rebuffing him.”