Cornyn: ‘Of Course White House is Collecting Names’

By Gorman Gorman

Aug 7, 2009 3:29pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:

Earlier this week we reported on Sen. John Cornyn’s concerns about a new White House request that members of the public flag “fishy” claims about President Obama’s health care plans. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that fears about invasions of privacy are unfounded: “Nobody is collecting names,” Gibbs told ABC’s Jake Tapper. Back to Cornyn, who today issued a statement saying that he’s not satisfied: “Of course the White House is collecting names. As I wrote to the President, it is inevitable. Anyone with access to the flag@whitehouse.gov account has access to the names and email addresses that are collected in that account,” Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “The question is not what the White House is doing, but how and why. How are they purging names and email addresses from this account to protect privacy? Why do they need the forwarded emails, names, and ‘casual conversations’ sent to them instead of just the arguments that they want to rebut?” Cornyn’s office also said the senator was submitting to the White House five claims he finds fishy — all of them claims made by members of the Obama administration. The press release cc'd flag@whitehouse.gov.
1: “The Obama Administration Said That The Stimulus Would Stop Unemployment From Going Above Eight Percent.” 2: ” The White House Said That The Stimulus Would Not Be A ‘Jolt’ Despite Claiming That Just Months Ago.” 3: “President Obama Claims He Will Cut The Deficit In Half, Despite The Deficit Climbing To A New Record.” 4. “President Obama Promises That Nobody Will Lose Coverage Despite The Fact That He Can’t Make That Promise.” 5: “President Obama Claims That He Won’t Raise Taxes, But His Advisers And Congressional Democrats Have Other Ideas.”

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