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CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
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[Withdrawing from Commerce Secretary post, Senator Judd GREGG - says he realized it was not a good fit.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Joe Johns and John King about Gregg, President Obama and the politics of the cabinet. [KING - says it is an embarrassment on both sides; comments on the political importance of the census issue and Gregg felt his influence would be undermined.] [JOHNS - says Gregg was getting pressure from Republicans and Obama was taking heat from the Congressional Black Caucus.] [GERGEN - says there are hotheads on both sides, but it comes back to the political culture in which Gregg was ostracized; states Obama needs a CEO at Commerce to oversee the spending.]

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