Some think former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle may be a dark horse to be Barack Obama’s vice presidential running mate. Most of the rest of the DC chattering class thinks that Daschle will be Obama’s White House chief of staff. Both fine jobs.
What he should do though is agree to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services and be given the authority and cabinet and policy preeminence to achieve fundamental health care reform.
I chaired an event with Tom Daschle and Obama economic adviser and entertainment media CEO Leo Hindery on Wednesday on the costs to American competitiveness from out of control health care cost increases. You can watch the entire program here — but above I did a four minute clip with Senator Daschle in which he punctuates the importance of this policy challenge.
— Steve Clemons