Obama ready to be a one term president?

Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to lose in 2012 if it means passing healthcare reform


Alex Koppelman
August 14, 2009 6:25PM (UTC)

The fight over healthcare will probably take up quite a bit of the administration's political capital, but according to one Democratic congressman, President Obama won't give it up.

Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, told a local radio station recently about a conversation the two men had back in February. Boswell says the president told him "he's willing to be a one-term president if that's what it takes to get healthcare and energy reform."

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Boswell quoted Obama as saying, "I'm not going to kick the can down the road .... If it makes me a one-term president, I'm going to, we're going to take it on because the country is in need of us taking this on."

(Hat-tip to Political Wire.)


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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