October 1st, 2010
01:21 PM ET
12 years ago

A career ally keeps 'Daschle Inc.' steady

Editor's note: Before joining CNN, Senior Political Editor Mark Preston spent six years as a staff writer for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, writing stories on powerful lawmakers and key staffers such as Pete Rouse. Rouse, whom President Obama named his interim chief of staff Friday, is low-key but very well respected for his knowledge of the legislative process and straightforward approach when working with Republicans. This story, which appeared in Roll Call in 2004, is from one of the few interviews Rouse has given on the record. Although this article was written six years ago, it still provides readers with an inside look into one of the most powerful people in government.

Pete Rouse is no stranger to tough battles as Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) top aide. He was part of the team that catapulted Daschle into his leadership post in 1994 and four years later helped negotiate the terms of former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.

In recent years, he has had to navigate a flip-flopping Senate majority, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and an envelope full of anthrax opened in Daschle's office that exposed more than a dozen staffers to the potentially deadly spores.


Filed under: Pete Rouse • President Obama • Tom Daschle
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  1. Sniffit

    CNN should have Rick "Romper Room" Sanchez interview him if they can. That way he can maybe toss out a few more accusations of bigotry and imply that "the Jews own the media"...again. Bye bye 8-o'clock time slot for Ricky-poo. haha

    Don't know what I'm allluding to yet? Oh, you'll see...

    October 1, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think his secret of success, his magic, is that he has an amazing capacity to bring disparate people together and create a unity in a level of cooperation and chemistry that is remarkable

    Congratulations Mr. Rouse on your new position as WH Chief of Staff. You truly have your work cut-out for you. I hope to God that you realize the importance of your position, and what is at stake in helping the President push his agenda through.

    Godspeed to you sir and many blessings in this new endeavor.

    October 1, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. No more Ds

    Democrats have plugged in a series of economically unsustainable programs–including Obamacare. Don't vote for these guys.

    Note: Democrats that run for office are also 'rich'. So please don't use that joke as a reason not to vote republican.

    October 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |