White House: Mass. Vote Won't Change Anything

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 07:29 PM

By David A. Patten

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sought to downplay the impact a loss in the hard-fought Massachusetts senatorial campaign might have on the administration on Tuesday.

Understandably, Gibbs handled a barrage of questions from the media about the election.

"I don't believe there's an entirely new agenda behind some door" if Democrats lose the 60th vote in the Senate due to a Scott Brown victory, Gibbs said.

"Regardless of what happens in Massachusetts, we face a set of circumstances that have to be addressed and have to be dealt with," Gibbs told reporters. "We still have to work hard to make the promise of affordable, accessible health care for millions of Americans a reality."

Gibbs conceded "there's a tremendous amount of upset and anger in this country about where we are economically."

One reporter suggested the political blowback in Massachusetts might indicate the administration was out of step with the American people.

Gibbs replied: "I think, according to any reasonable measure, the answer to that is, of course not."

He added that the president would place a call to the winner, and offer his congratulations, once the outcome is known.

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