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Dems Circle the Wagons for Daschle

"The American people have high expectation for those of us who serve the public good," Daschle told reporters. "That is especially true when it comes to taxes." He described the errors -- for which more than $100,000 in back taxes was eventually paid -- as "inadvertent, but that's no excuse."

Daschle left the area without taking questions. His last words were almost wistful, given the media scrum that his nomination has become -- Daschle reiterated his commitment to helping the White House give Americans "lower cost, higher value insurance ... sometime soon."

Late Update: Here's the video of Daschle's apology: