WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama
considers Tom Daschle's tax troubles to be a "very serious"
matter. But the president's spokesman says Daschle remains the
right person to lead the Health and Human Services Department.
Daschle expressed remorse on Monday about failing to pay more
than $120,000 in back taxes. And Obama says he "absolutely"
stands by him.
But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that Daschle
had made a "serious mistake" that he then fixed. Gibbs said the
White House is "not insensitive" to the news of the unpaid taxes
by a potential Cabinet secretary.
Gibbs said that if Daschle is confirmed he will closely follow
the ethical guidelines and rules of the administration.