Judd greg withdraws from Obama’s camp

President Barack Obama is nearing a big victory in Congress on his $790 billion stimulus package, but the fight for the plan set back his attempts at bipartisanship as his Republican choice for commerce secretary withdrew his nomination Thursday.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives,” Gregg said in a statement. “I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.” He added: “As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

“Bottom line,” he concluded, “this is simply a bridge too far for me.”

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