January 31st, 2010
11:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Health care reform bill 'inside the 5-yard line,' Gibbs says

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs discussed the administration's push for health care reform Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs discussed the administration's push for health care reform Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

Washington (CNN) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Democrats are within striking distance of passing a health care reform bill notwithstanding Democrats’ loss of their filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate.

“We’re still inside the five-yard line,” Gibbs said Sunday on State of the Union when asked to assess Democrats’ progress on health care reform, the domestic agenda item that was President Obama’s top priority last year along with getting the struggling economy back on track.

Gibbs was reacting to an earlier assessment on the same subject provided by another top Obama aide before Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, pulled off an upset win earlier this month in a special election to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.

“We’re way deep in the red zone,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King late last year on State of the Union. “We’re right on the one-yard line,” Axelrod added.

Despite the setback in Massachusetts, Gibbs said Sunday that a bill could still be passed.
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Filed under: Congress • Health care • Robert Gibbs • State of the Union
January 31st, 2010
09:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Crowley to take over State of the Union anchor chair

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CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley is the new anchor of State of the Union, the network announced Sunday. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Washington (CNN) - Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will anchor CNN's Sunday political program, the network announced on State of the Union.

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Filed under: CNN • Popular Posts • State of the Union
January 31st, 2010
09:57 AM ET
January 31st, 2010
08:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Newest senator hires GOP vet

(CNN) – Senator-elect Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, has turned to political veteran Gail Gitcho to oversee his communications operation.

Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley earlier this month for the right to serve the remaining three years of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s, D-Massachusetts, term.

Gitcho, currently press secretary at the Republican National Committee, has ties to the Massachusetts GOP. She worked on former Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. She also worked on Sen. John McCain’s, R-Arizona, 2008 presidential campaign and for Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Florida, on Capitol Hill.


Filed under: RNC • Scott Brown
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