Obama Stands By Daschle, 'Absolutely'
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama repeated his support on Monday for Thomas A. Daschle, whose failure to pay more than $146,000 in back taxes until last month has raised concerns about his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
During a White House photo op, Obama was asked whether he still stands by Daschle. "Absolutely," Obama said. He was joined by the Vermont governor, Jim Douglas, a Republican.
Daschle sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee apologizing for the mistake, saying he was "deeply embarrassed" by his tax oversight. The committee plans to meet with Daschle later on Monday.
Posted at 1:21 PM ET on Feb 2, 2009
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