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Obama / ABC Interview / Daschle / Economic Plan #920373

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 03, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The withdrawal of HHS Secretary nominee Tom Daschle over criticism of his unpaid taxes following the withdrawal of Nancy Killefer, chief performance officer nominee, also for tax issues noted. [In ABC interview, President OBAMA - says this has been an embarrassing day and the wrong message about responsibility has been sent.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; White House: Jake Tapper) What changed about the ability of Daschle and Killefer to weather the storm about taxes discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The Senate Republicans' offer of an alternative to Obama's economic stimulus plan noted. [In interview, OBAMA - comments on the package that came out of the House that balances the need for speed and long-term investment; states there are no earmarks in this bill; talks about specific provisions, the need to avoid trade wars, the issue of bipartisan support of the legislation, what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said about the plan.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The status of the economic stimulus bill in Congress updated.

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake

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