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There is some interest in political maneuvering going on surrounding the possible appointment of a Republican senator to democratic president Obama's cabinet.
It's a story of Wheeling and dealing and trying to make everyone happy all it wants chief political correspondent Carl Cameron lays it all out force.
New Hampshire senator Judd Gregg is so popular fellow Republicans jokingly threatened to block his potential nomination is commerce secretary.
To prevent the GOP brain drain.
For years and influential member of the GOP leadership -- the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee a respected expert on tax policy and the economy.
Insiders say his work on the financial bailout with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was part of what sparked Obama administration talks about tapping -- for commerce.
Some think Greg's over qualified wonder why he'd take the job.
But Democrats and Republicans in DC and New Hampshire saints and all but done deal because of a political agreement between Greg and New Hampshire's democratic governor John Lynch to keep his seat in Republican hands for the next two years.
When Greg would have been up for reelection.
Which issued a statement today saying quote senator Gregg has said he would not resign his seat in the US senate if it changed the balance in the Senate.
Based on my discussions it's clear the White House and Senate Leadership understand this as well.
If president Obama does nominate senator -- disservice commerce secretary.
I will name a replacement who will put the people of New Hampshire first and represent New Hampshire effectively in the US senate.
That's heated -- acceptance of the job because of the Democrat were appointed to fill his seat Democrats would be one seat from the magic filibuster proof majority of sixty.
With the possibility that -- reach sixty if the recount in Minnesota results and comedian Al Franken ousting Republican Norm Coleman.
Senator Gregg issued a statement today reiterating his conditions that his New Hampshire senate seat not landed democratic hands quote.
The Senate Leadership both democratic and Republican and the governor understand his concern and I appreciate their consideration of this position.
The White House praised Greg but after controversy overshadowed how the president's former seat was filled by Roland -- steered clear of how great seat might be filled.
As it relates to picking senators in states that.
The new senators I think you can rest reasonably assured.
That this administration.
Has had nothing and wants nothing to do -- That going forward.
The most logical pick is Bonnie Newman a moderate New Hampshire Republican who backed Democrat which -- reelection.
She served in the Reagan Commerce Department and was -- chief of staff when he was in the house.
At the Statehouse in Concord, New Hampshire and here at the capitol in Washington insiders say that all the arrangements have now been made at the White House just a few moments ago.
An official said an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday right.
Carl let's take a live look at the US senate floor we're awaiting any moment now there you see Vermont senator Patrick Leahy speaking any moment now they're going to be voting.
A confirmation vote on attorney general designate Eric Holder.
A what's the latest on this but Leahy the chairman of the Judiciary Committee during hearings that took place couple weeks ago holder faced a lot of criticism largely.
Because of his support for pardons and clemency is during the Clinton administration that included some Puerto Rican terrorists.
Guilty of some fatal bombings a lot of Republicans particularly thought that as the nation's top law enforcement officials someone who showed judgment in.
Offering clemency to terrorists might not make a pretty good law enforcement official but.
Most of those objections have been dropped and once the vote is taken in a matter of minutes it is widely expected that mr.
holder will be the next century ago.
Many Republicans voting against this are there will be some but not perhaps as many a number of them who had voiced opposition committee have begun to suggest that.
Well they're going to let the nomination go forward.
But there's going to be some notebooks OK -- when we get that vote you'll see here on special.
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