February 12th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Democratic source: Gregg campaigned for the job

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Democratic source close to the Obama White House said Thursday that Judd Gregg "campaigned for the job" - that the New Hampshire senator had asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to approach the president about the Commerce post.

Gregg "sat with [Obama], said he wanted the job, knew his policies and erratically dropped out without warning," said the source, minutes after the Republican senator announced his withdrawal from consideration.

UPDATE: A Democratic source confirms to CNN that Harry Reid approached White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel about Gregg for Commerce Secretary.

And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday Gregg had initiated discussions over the position.

“Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda," said Gibbs in a statement.

"Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart”.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Steve

    This just shows how mean the Republicans are, President Obama is trying very hard to include all members of congress and they do something as low as this,,,I say NO MORE REPUBLICANS !! Gregg should be very ashame !!!

    February 12, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Obama MamaMan

    Do you have to have an ACLU card or a Obama poster on your car to get a comment posted here?

    February 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. PC

    It's a "Democratic source" - any more questions!

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Ritas

    Republicans just want to throw roadblocks, would never think of trying to work for the good of the country. Guess we are all going to be better off without him; afterall, he and his kind got us to this point in our economy.

    February 12, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Emilio

    Once a Greedy Ostentatious Obstructionist Party member, always a GOOPer. This man realized early that the Obama administration would not tolerate undermining the fundamwental objective of getting this country back from the brink of oblivion, consequently he had no alternative but to GOOP out.

    February 12, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. tee

    The rethugs made him an offer he couldn't refuse. He wimped out.
    GOOD RIDANCE!!!!!!!!!!! TO WEAK

    February 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Marty

    Weak candidate, couldn't take the pressure from the Reps. Good ridance to Greg. That is the best thing that could have happened to Obama. Choose Claire Mccaskill. she is very loyal.

    February 12, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Roi

    I am not so polite. Larry Wi must be disappointed McBUSH didn't get elected. Then his name calling might have subside. I think maybe the idiot is none other than Larry himself. The 10,000,000 more voters went for Obama. You and your right wing bigots lost. 70+ % of the voters want Obama to lead. Now let the people's choice have a chance. He certainly can't be anywhere near as bad as Bush and the last 8 years. Bush disgraced our nation and himself. He won't be missed. He was a joke in the rest of the world. Obama has done more in 3 weeks to help repair some of the damage Bush created.

    We can only hope he can repair more.

    February 12, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Of course, he did.... but his party wants him to tow the line... and HE IS! What is new.... forget him... and his repubs! *LOL* It's over, bozos, you lost... get over it.... we won!

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    Obama DOES NOT need the REpublicans! The people who voted for him could care less about bi partisanship. As soon as Obama and the Republicans face that fact.... THEN we will get something done!

    February 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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