February 2, 2009 / 5:15 PM / 10 years ago

Obama says "absolutely" stands by Tom Daschle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama Monday underscored his support for health secretary-designate Tom Daschle, despite tax errors that prompted Daschle to pay $140,000 in back taxes.

During a meeting with Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, Obama was asked if he still supported Daschle.

“Absolutely,” Obama replied.

Reporting by Caren Bohan; Editing by Eric Walsh

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