Emanuel says health reform on its 'last leg'

The healthcare debate that's ensnared Washington for months is in its final stages, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel argued this weekend.

Emanuel, who has been a key Obama administration figure in crafting the healthcare reform push, rejected the idea that President Barack Obama had been stretched too thin between healthcare and other issues.

"Not at all," Emanuel told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview to air Sunday when asked if the president had been stretched too far on healthcare.

"We're in the final stages of getting a comprehensive bill finally passed and onto the president's desk," Emanuel said. "We're on the last leg of the legislative process."

The House, in which Emanuel served for several terms and ascended to a leadership position, is set for a landmark vote as soon as Sunday afternoon on healthcare reform legislation.

The chief of staff has been working with lawmakers over the course of the healthcare debate, and his boss, the president, will trek down to Capitol Hill on Saturday afternoon for a pep talk with Democratic lawmakers, who are struggling to put together the votes for health reform.

Emanuel had been said to be eyeing a return to the House one day to fulfill a goal of becoming speaker, though he said that he had no plans to leave his chief of staff job, and that his goal of becoming speaker was in the past.

No, that's gone," Emanuel told CBS when asked if he'd still like to be speaker one day. "Things happen in life and, you know, I'll set other goals for myself."