Below are two excerpts from CNBC's exclusive interview with Sen. Obama with CNBC Chief Washington correspondent John Harwood. Full unofficial transcript will be released today at 8 PM ET. The interview was conducted today in Charlotte, NC.
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John HARWOOD: You've been briefed on this plan the Treasury is putting forward, working out with Congress. How confident are you that this is going to work?
Sen. OBAMA: Number one, I think we have to have oversight. I don't think it can be a blank check. We can set up a system where there's an independent overseer, maybe the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Democrats and the Republicans each appoint somebody to oversee the system. But we have to makesure that this is--there's some accountability mechanism in it.
HARWOOD: Would you consider having (Treasury Secretary Henry M.) Paulson stay on?
Sen. OBAMA: I would certainly want to make sure that Paulson was involved in the transition. That doesn't necessarily mean that he'd end up being the secretary Treasury, but I think it's important for us to make sure that those who are currently in charge when it comes to the financial crisis and defense and intelligence, that they are deeply involved in the transition process.
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