Obama taps Sebelius for health secretary

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March 1, 2009 02:04

 
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A White House source says Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of health and human services. The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, says Obama will formally announce the nomination on Monday. Obama's first choice for HHS, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, withdrew after disclosing he had failed to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest. Sebelius, 60, was an early Obama supporter. She picked his presidential campaign over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the secretary of state. Sebelius worked tirelessly for Obama's bid and was a top surrogate to women's groups.


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