From the Talking Points Memo (TPM):
Tom Daschle, former Majority leader of the House, has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary. That’s according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.
Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal “with sadness and regret.” Daschle has been battling for his nomination since it was disclosed he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.
He said he’s withdrawing because he’s not a leader who has the full faith of Congress and will be a distraction.
Matt Cooper of TPM has more informed commentary.
From MSNBC: Apparently the withdrawal caused by the NYT editorial this morning. Andrea Mitchell reporting on MSNBC that when she talked to Daschle this morning at 7:15 he was highly emotional.
MSNBC News (10:39 am PST): From Senator John Kerry has made a comment was that this is a ‘sad day for health care reform‘.
(crossposted from Polcampaign but new information breaking in this article.)