On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" this morning, incoming White House chief of staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., responded to GOP gripes that his appointment flies in the face of President-elect Obama’s pledge to be bipartisan, civil and centrist.
"President Obama is very clear, as you look at his career, both in the state senate, U.S. Senate, and the campaign, that we have to govern in a bipartisan fashion," Emanuel said. "And if you look at the way his campaign is run and also the ideas, he has always said that we have to be bipartisan."
Emanuel continued: "The challenges are big enough that there’s going to be an ability for people of both parties, as well as independents, to contribute ideas to help meet the challenges on health care, energy, tax reform, education.
"So that is the tone. That is the policy. And that is exactly how we’re going to go forward."