NBC News: Tom Daschle Withdraws
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 07:49:54 AM EST
More as we hear it...
Update [2009-2-3 12:57:57 by Todd Beeton]:Andrea Mitchell on her conversation with Tom Daschle this morning:
"I read The New York Times this morning and I realized I can't pass health care if I am too much of a distraction. And when I saw what Republicans were saying and read The New York Times I called the president this morning."
I assume he's referring to the article Obamas Pledge to Reform Ethics Faces an Early Test. I applaud Daschle for putting the new president's reputation and the future of healthcare reform ahead of his own ambitions.
Update [2009-2-3 12:59:33 by Jonathan Singer]: A statement from the President:
"Tom made a mistake, which he has openly acknowledged. He has not excused it, nor do I. But that mistake, and this decision, cannot diminish the many contributions Tom has made to this country, from his years in the military to his decades of public service. Now we much move forward, with our plan to lift this economy and put people back to work."