Tom Daschle Withdraws His Nomination


Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle on Tuesday withdrew his nomination to oversee the Health and Human Services Department, just a few hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew.

Both had controversies with taxes and cited distractions over that as their reasons for withdrawing.

In a White House statement, President Barack Obama said he accepted Daschle's withdrawal "with sadness and regret." "Now we must move forward," Obama added. A day earlier, Obama had said he "absolutely" stood by Daschle.

Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. He later paid $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest.

Daschle, in a separate statement, said he would have not been able to operate "with the full faith of Congress and the American people."

"I am not that leader, and will not be a distraction" to Obama's agenda, he said.

Daschle also was facing questions about potential conflicts of interests related to the speaking fees he accepted from health care interests.

Daschle also provided advice to health insurers and hospitals through his post-Senate work at a law firm.

The withdrawal comes after Republicans and major newspapers questioned Obama's decision to stick with Daschle.

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said Obama was "losing credibility" with his statements in support of Daschle. "Part of leadership is recognizing when there has been a mistake made and responding quickly," the Republican said.

In an editorial, The New York Times described Daschle's ability to move "cozily between government and industry" as a cloud over any role he might play in changing the nation's health care system.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Does any one on here know the difference between the words, there and their, apparently not. I have never saw so many miss used words in all my life. Hell no wonder we need a "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND PROGRAM" Ace it requires a question mark after a question and miss used is actually spelled misused. Also please replace saw with seen. I guess the should've left you behind as well!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    The "one" knew they had these tax issues when he forwarded theirs names for these posts. He simply thought he had the political muscle to push the cronies through without too much trouble. The phony "messiah" is finding out that his political muscles have shrunk and are still deflating fast. His airhead Nancy authored wasteful spending plan is revealing his lack of credibility as well. Only the true mindless sheep will still be following this hustler at the midterm elections.
  • by Disgusted Location: Nc on Feb 4, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    To Alpha Female. You must be joking! Obamah ferreting out these crooks? He should have had this checked out BEFORE he asked them to take office. HE did not cathc them at their dirty work, some one else did! Now he's the one with mud on his face. He has been surrounded by crooks, thugs, and racists every since his bid for the Whitehouse. When AMERICA has finally fallen into a severe depression maybe they will wise up and pitch him and his cronies out on their tin ear!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 4, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    It is not about the safety of the american citizens or the well being of the United States. It is about the politicians and what they want first. If they want something and need more money to get it, no problem, because they work with the government. They care about the well being of themselves, not their nation. They have been out there to lie to you and trick you into something that will fatten up their bank account. Will we ever be able to live in a United States nation and a North Carolina that is run by people who are honest with a high level of integrity? I hate to say this but I doubt it. The politicians have come together to ruin this once great nation that may be third world in a few years. Hopefully, by the time it even gets worse, I hope I have enough money for me and my family to get out of the U.S. and live forever in a better country, somewhere like the U.K. or Australia, who is still doing well.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    President Obama is showing no favoritism... he is cleaning his own cabinet.. This man didn't help his brother, his aunt.... so the tax cheaters in Washington don't stand a chance. What President Obama is doing is not a "mistake".... but some of you are still to blind to see. ...Nice job cutting the light on the roaches Mr.President. ...This is change!
  • by Joe Location: Raleigh on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Seriously, the president has to find out why so many prominent government officials have tax problems, and keep their job.
  • by MOM on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    I agree let's check BO's tax records...
  • by here Location: here on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    People our government is run by crooks. The only reason Daschle is paying now is because he got caught. Is anyone in Washington doing what they are supposed to do? I thought these people have these positions in government because they cared and wanted to make things better for all people. You know public service. How are you doing the public any service by breaking the law (the ones they write) and not paying your fair share of taxes? Rediculous!! Sad, sorry people. And these are the ones running this once great country. Sorry to be so negative but unfortunately it is reality. Sucks don't it?
  • by Geez on Feb 4, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    You're on the money "Disgusted!" These people are not saviors, just political crooks....
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Another one bites the dust! how many more to go??? ALL our government employees in Washington that supposedly "represent" the people should be investigated and held accountable. We, the "little insignificant people" sure are! Limit their terms to 2 years each. The longer they stay the more corrupt they become.

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