Sebelius, Podesta, Bredesen said under consideration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several names are being floated as President Barack Obama considers his latest choice for health secretary.

One person said to be near the top of the list is Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius signed on early with the Obama campaign, backing his candidacy over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination and now secretary of state.

Other candidates, including former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, remain in the mix. A senior administration official says a decision is not imminent.

Whoever gets the nod would be Obama's second choice for the slot. Former Sen. Tom Daschle had to withdraw his name amid an admission he had not paid all his taxes since leaving Congress as a Democratic leader.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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