February 12th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
13 years ago

BREAKING: Gregg withdraws


Sen. Judd Gregg is the second person to withdraw from consideration for the post of Commerce Secretary in the Obama administration. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire released a statement Thursday withdrawing from consideration to be President Obama's Commerce Secretary.

Full statement follows:

“I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.

“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals. This will certainly be a goal of mine.

“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period. In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Hate A Liberal

    Wish I would wake up and hear that Comrade Obama was resigning ! This communist liberal has been in office 3 weeks and has moved this county sadly more to the moon bat left than it ever has been...well maybe since Carter. All you pot smoking left overs from the 60's, Dems, and moon bat liberals will someday be sorry. As preacher Wright so informed comrad Obama....."Chickens comin home too roost"

    February 12, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Anthony

    that is an awful picture

    February 12, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. PC

    arithmetic is liberal February 12th, 2009 5:58 pm ET
    I challenge ANY Republican on here to give me a working definition of socialism.
    OK, buddy - socialism is NOT why our forefathers came to America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They organized and rebelled AGAINST big government (aka a "monarchy") - and THAT IS WHY THEY WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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