Conrad: President’s Speech “Very Helpful”, Failure Not An Option

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September 10, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND)–Budget chairman, and member of the gang of Six–is a noted public option skeptic, and has always been on hand to pour cold water on House health care reform proposals, which, he says, fail to lower the growth in the cost of health care. But even he was impressed with last night’s speech.

“I think the speech was very helpful because the President was very clear, he wants to reach across the party divide, to work together, to achieve a result that’s critically important for the country,” Conrad said. “You know really, here, failure is not an option.”

Needless to say, winning the approval of both Ben Nelson AND Kent Conrad is no small feat.

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