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February 11, 2010

Gregg to the Rescue on Health Care?

Politico reports that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) could broker a deal with the White House on health care, pointing out "it's clear already that Gregg's restless energy is drawing him back into the fray, and the New Hampshire conservative brings both a proven ability to swing Republican votes and a background in health care and deficit issues."

"Obama may feel burned already by Gregg, who famously accepted then gave back the president's nomination to be commerce secretary last year. And the changes Gregg will want are sure to aggravate the White House's already frayed relationship with the left. Yet the same qualities that first made Gregg attractive as a Cabinet nominee remain. He brings a record of bipartisan deal making and good personal ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). And getting Gregg on board makes it far easier for Maine's two moderate Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, to work with the White House."


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