Former Secretary of Education and drug czar Bill Bennett is close to signing an agreement to join CNN as a political analyst, replacing the departing Robert Novak, reported Saturday. CNN declined comment on the report. Earlier this year, Bennett touched off an uproar when he declared on his daily radio talk show on Salem Radio Network: "I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country." Previously, Bennett had been a commentator for the Fox News Channel.