Washington Daybook: Wooing Business

President Obama addresses about 100 chief executive officers at the Business Roundtable today, seeking to win backing for his plan to avert the fiscal cliff.

The president also said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that he’s in favor of choosing a business leader for his economic team in his second term — if talented executives can be convinced to take on the daunting Senate confirmation process.

One Wall Street leader who won’t be signing up is Laurence D. Fink, who said he’ll keep his job as head of BlackRock Inc., spurning a possible role in Obama administration.

Speaking of business leaders, former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt, now CEO of Kalorama Partners, and Frank Hatheway, chief economist at NASDAQ OMX, speak at a Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness discussion on role of proxy advisory firms today.

Moody’s Investor’s Services Managing Director Mark LaMonte speaks at American Institute for Certified Public Accountants conference on the SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

And while Obama is considering replacements for his cabinet, it’s not too soon to think about who will replace him in 2016. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed in latest ABC News/Washington Post poll out today say they’d back a run by Hillary Clinton to succeed Obama, compared to 37 percent opposed.

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