Gibbs Denies That White House Is Giving Up On Bipartisanship

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August 19, 2009 7:27 am
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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the administration is “absolutely not” giving up on efforts to come up with a bipartisan health care reform bill.

Gibbs took questions this morning about chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s comments that Republicans are bent on defeating reform efforts.

“Our goal is to get this done in a bipartisan way,” Gibbs said. “There are several more weeks to go in potential negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. I don’t know why we would short circuit any of that now.”

He added that President Obama would do whatever it takes to get a bipartisan bill.

“He would get in a rocket and fly to the moon if that’s what it would take to get everyone together,” he said.

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