From NBC's Ken Strickland
Reacting to press reports that retiring GOP Rep. Ray LaHood is the likely nominee for Transportation secretary, John McCain today commended Obama "for once again reaching across the aisle." McCain called LaHood "one of our country's finest public servants. "
In a written statement, he said LaHood "has always fought for the best interests of our nation -- recognizing that bipartisan compromises often provide the best solutions to the problems facing our country."
"Our nation's transportation system faces some of the most pressing challenges of our time -- from modernizing our federal air traffic control system, resolving the funding crisis facing our nation's aging infrastructure, and promoting a safe, efficient and accessible transportation system that meets our nation's needs. Ray LaHood's experience will be critical to forging reasonable solutions to these challenges and I trust that he will be quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate."