Daschle Withdraws Nomination for HHS Job

Daschle Withdraws Nomination for HHS Job

Craig Brown

AP is reporting:

WASHINGTON - Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.

That's according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.

Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal "with sadness and regret."

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Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.

He said he's withdrawing because he's not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction.

 Tom Daschle

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