Obama ready to be a one term president?

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

Published August 14, 2009 2:25PM (EDT)

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."

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.)

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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