Valerie Jarrett: Obama is “committed to the public option”

We wanted some clarity from the White House on the public option — and we got some.

I’ll take Valerie Jarrett on the record stating strong support for the public option over anonymous “administration officials” who are leaking tidbits to Politico and CNN claiming Obama is siding with Olympia Snowe. From DailyKosTV:
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Jed notes:

It doesn’t get much clearer than that. Jarrett not only defended and reaffirmed President Obama’s support for the public option, but said “we’re going to keep pushing until they very last moment” for it. In fact, those may be the strongest words yet from the White House during the end game. At least to my ears, they are very reassuring.

If Jarrett has Obama’s ear on this, I’ll feel a lot better. And, if Jarrett is accurate, someone over at the White House needs to shut down the anonymous officials who are undermining Obama.


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