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09 Sep

Obama, Interview Before Health Speech

Obama said that the speech would give “a lot of clarity” but would not offer any details.

On the morning of a major address to Congress on health care, President Obama admitted that he had made some mistakes in the reform debate.

“I, out of an effort to give Congress the ability to do their thing and not step on their toes, probably left too much ambiguity out there, which allowed then opponents of reform to come in and to fill up the airwaves with a lot of nonsense,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

Referencing rumors about health care for illegal immigrants, “death panels” or a “government takeover,” he added, “Moving things through Congress is always a messy process. We’ve got five committees with jurisdiction. That means there are five different bills. I think the public wasn’t clear exactly what was what.”

Pressed on his remarks, Obama said that the speech would give “a lot of clarity” but would not offer any details: “I want everybody to tune in.”

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