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Daschle's Formal HHS Nomination Expected Tomorrow in Chicago

By Ceci Connolly
Even though folks have been addressing him as "Mr. Secretary" for a few weeks now, Thomas A. Daschle has not yet been formally nominated to take over the Department of Health and Human Services.

That's expected to change tomorrow morning in Chicago when sources say President-elect Barack Obama will make the not-so-surprising announcement.

The former senate majority leader was an early and loyal supporter of Obama, going so far as to hand off much of his political apparatus to Obama when the Illinois newcomer first entered the Senate. In accepting the HHS job offer, Daschle negotiated an unusually broad portfolio for himself: in addition to running the behemoth department, he will be the administration's point person on health care reform efforts.

Daschle has many friends on Capitol Hill, though former adversaries may raise questions in his confirmation proceedings about his work in the private sector and his wife Linda's lobbying activities. Daschle is not a registered lobbyist, but is a senior strategist at the law firm Alston & Bird, which has an array of health industry clients. Linda Daschle, a longtime lobbyist, has said she will set up her own niche firm focused solely on transportation going forward.

Health care is already emerging as a top tier issue for the Obama team. In his radio address last weekend, the soon-to-be-president said he hoped to include additional federal dollars for Medicaid and money for health information technology in the next stimulus package. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said today he wants to have the bill ready the first week of January.

Posted at 6:48 PM ET on Dec 10, 2008  | Category:  Cabinet
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As if Clinton, Podesta, Richardson etc. aren't "change" enough?

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2008 10:12 AM

ignoranceisbliss:

I wonder if The One would have been elected had he revealed this was the "change" he believes in?

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2008 9:46 AM

Another Washington Lobbyist Lifer, who can't get elected, so he gets appointed by a Liberal Extremist.

AMERICA DESERVES BETTER THAN DASCHLE.

Daschle must have been one of the many payoffs to the DNC for helping OBAMA buy the Presidency. Thats probably why Hot Rod thought that it was a good idea to sell Obama's Senate Seat. He probably didn't see much difference, in his feable Democrat mind.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | December 11, 2008 8:07 AM

The stench of corruption hangs low over the BO transition team, including Daschle and lobbyist wife. Spooging bailout dollars through the nimble hands of these old kleptocrats will bankrupt us all.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 10, 2008 11:37 PM

JRM2:

State law does NOT control in that regard. FEDERAL law in effect at the time controlled the definition of a "natural born" citizen (while I'm a big proponent of States' Rights, I'm also a member of the Federalist Society ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 9:30 PM

Obama is putting together a top tier team. So did George Bush - the secret will be in the team chemistry. .............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/12/04/obamas-team-chemistry-the-x-factor/

Posted by: glclark4750 | December 10, 2008 9:10 PM

maybe they are serious about fixing the availability of medical treatment... now had they nominated "Rod" or Rodham Clinton, I'd be saying the opposite.

Merry Eid Jake !

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 10, 2008 8:49 PM

Furthermore IF the state of Hawaii considers someone to be a natural born citizen for whatever reason then that is the law...states rights my friend, a republican ideal (yeah I know you are an independent)

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 8:00 PM

No I haven't. But that does not prove he is not a natural born citizen. I would need more than that to make my judgement.

That it akin to saying: "You happened to be in a one mile radius while a liquor store was being robbed therefore you are guilty of armed robbery."

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:58 PM

I do not believe the State of Hawaii is being accused of forgery; neither did the State of Hawaii verify that Obama was actually born in Honolulu. The Director of Health and Vital Statistics simply stated that the records the State has were kept in accordance with the law (which, at the time of his birth, allowed foreign-born citizens to be registered for a Hawaii birth certificate). Have you seen all of that?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:52 PM

"Well, there is some evidence that your "proof" is forged, and that his paternal grandmother stated she witnessed his birth in what is now Kenya.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:48 PM"
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I'd like to see your sources, because if it is true then we do have an issue here.


By the way, it is not "my" proof, it was put forth by the state of Hawaii.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:50 PM

JRM2:

As you know, I believe the Bush Administration HAS followed the Constitution.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:50 PM

I don't know either, which is why I asked the question too.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:49 PM

Why follow the constitution?, ask the members of the current administration. They would know.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:48 PM

Well, there is some evidence that your "proof" is forged, and that his paternal grandmother stated she witnessed his birth in what is now Kenya.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:48 PM

Is it against the constitution for Obama to formally nominate members of his administration before Jan. 20?

I'm asking you because I don't know the answer.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:47 PM

"I guess not. If a non "natural born" citizen can become President now, why not just swear him in tomorrow then? I mean, why follow the Constitution at all, right?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:42 PM "
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Come up with proof that he is not a natural born citizen.

The proof is that he IS a natural born citizen.

What a ridiculous waste of time, but, you do seem to have a lot of it being retired and all.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:45 PM

I guess not. If a non "natural born" citizen can become President now, why not just swear him in tomorrow then? I mean, why follow the Constitution at all, right?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:42 PM

it appears so, is there anything wrong with that?

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:36 PM

Does a President-Elect even "formally" nominate anyone before January 20th?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:23 PM

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