Today’s Q’s for O’s WH — 4/1/10

Apr 1, 2010 5:00pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports:

Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton spoke with reporters on Air Force One en route to Maine this afternoon.

Yunji de Nies: How much of it [the President health care reform speech in Maine], though, is a calculation for the midterms?  I mean, how much is he doing this to lay the groundwork for somebody who might be in a tough reelection fight?
MR. BILL BURTON:  Well, I would say that this is a lot more about the policy than it is about the politics.  The President didn’t get into this because he thought it would be the politically popular thing to do.  I mean, if you look at the polling over the course of the last year, obviously that wasn’t what guided his decision to go about this.

But — so I would say that this is really about making sure the American people know what they have at stake here and what they get out of this law.

de Nies:   Wasn’t that supposed to be done before it was passed?

MR. BURTON:  Like I said, we went through a long process where there was a pretty contentious back-and-forth between the proponents of the bill and the opponents of that bill.  Well, now that bill is law, and we have to make sure that we get in there and we dispel some of the rumors and some of the myths about it, and underscore some of the benefits the American people are getting out of it.

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