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Robert Gibbs exchange about Arkansas

From today's briefing:

QUESTION: Robert, back to Arkansas for just a second. A senior White House official called reporters last night and said after the results were known, "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet in a pointless exercise." Is it the official word from the White House on the results of the Arkansas primary?

MR. GIBBS: I don't think that the President would necessarily agree with that characterization made by somebody here. I think we would certainly agree that we are likely to have very close elections in very many places throughout the country in November. And while the President might not have agreed with the exact characterization, I think that whether or not that money might have been better spent in the fall on closer elections between somebody -- between people who cared about an agenda that benefited working families and those that didn't, that money might come in more handy then.

QUESTION: I assume the President now would want to reach out to those who were supporting Bill Halter and say, please get behind Blanche Lincoln, she's going to be our nominee. Is that the way to reach out to Halter's supporters, by accusing them of flushing money down the toilet?

MR. GIBBS: Well, I think that everybody that supported one of the Democrats will have an obligation to now, as the President would, and has, in races that the nominee he has supported hasn't won, now support the Democratic nominee.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 9, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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