White House ducks questions on C-SPAN letter

The Obama administration is focused on finishing healthcare negotiations and not whether they should be televised, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Gibbs ducked questions about the political news network C-SPAN's letter to House and Senate leaders in both parties, requesting that remaining healthcare talks be televised, as President Barack Obama had advocated during his campaign for office.

"I have not seen that letter," Gibbs said of the letter, which was widely reported by news outlets on Tuesday.

Refusing to respond directly to reporters' questions on whether or not negotiations should be televised, Gibbs told reporters at his daily briefing that information about the bills and their drafting has been robust, and that the president is anxious to finish work on the issue.

"I think the president is anxious to get the differences worked out and the bills to both houses so they can pass them," Gibbs said.

"I don't think there's anyone who would say there hasn't been a thorough, robust debate on healthcare," he added. "I do not believe the American people have lacked for information on what's in these bills."

House leaders will huddle with Obama at the White House this afternoon to discuss healthcare and other issues.

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