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Cabinet nominee who apparently does not have tax issues and who Republican senators will surely law.
GOP stalwart Judd Gregg was formally introduced today as the new pick for commerce secretary.
After president Obama's first choice New Mexico democratic governor Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination due to a federal corruption investigation.
Correspondent Brian Wilson reports on the political maneuvering that led to today's announcement.
President Obama turned today to a Republican to run his Commerce Department senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire -- clearly job.
And I don't agree on every issue.
Most notably who should've won the election.
What we do agree.
On the urgent need to get American businesses and families back on their feet.
Greg once voted to eliminate the very department he -- chosen to run but on this day he was not interested in the partisan battles of the past.
This is is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other.
Is -- time to govern and govern well.
And therefore when the president asked me to join his administration and participate in trying to address the issues at this time.
I believe it was my obligation to say yes the nomination might not have occurred had not been for some Wheeling and dealing with -- Democrats are very close to obtaining a filibuster proof majority in the senate.
Greg told New Hampshire's democratic governor John Lynch he wouldn't take the job without assurances he would be replaced by another Republican.
And in fact governor lynch announced -- -- can.
-- to nominate bombing.
Newman is a Republican who served as Greg's congressional chief of staff back in the 1980s.
Newman once worked for presidents Reagan and bush 41.
But was also an art and an early supporter of Lynch's gubernatorial campaign.
I would probably describe myself as a reasonable.
Some of human rights -- call me a moderate to Republican.
And I think that would be true.
New Hampshire political observers predict that unlike Greg -- -- -- Democrats on many social issues.
I think you'll find her all the economic issues and the big issues of the day -- very similar to what judge would vote.
But I think it on some of other social issues where she's really blank slate in terms of Apollo record I think she'll be more more middle -- and job.
If confirmed and at this point that seems likely.
Greg would be a valuable ally when it comes to selling president Obama's economic policies to recalcitrant Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Back when he was chairman of the Senate Budget Committee was known as a fiscal conservative a guy who would say no.
Republicans are hoping the word is still in his vocabulary right.
Brian thanks -- --
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