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Pres. Obama: ‘I Understand There Are Some Political Contests Going on Tonight’

White House correspondents Mike Viqueira (NBC), Ed Henry (FOX), Norah O'Donnell (CBS) and Jake Tapper (ABC) ahead of Pres. Obama news conference, March 6, 2012.

Pres. Obama began his first news conference of the year acknowledging that this not just any Tuesday, it’s Super Tuesday. “I understand there are some political contests going on tonight,” said Obama, bBut I thought I’d start the day off by taking a few questions which I’m sure will not be political in nature.”

After an opening statement on a new housing program, Obama began taking questions from:

1. Mike Viqueira, NBC News – Syria, Iran

2. Jake Tapper, ABC News – Israel/Iran

3. Jackie Calmes, New York Times – Iran

4. Ed Henry, Fox News – Israel/Iran, Gas prices. Obama: “Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into re-election, wants gas prices to go up higher? Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”

5. Aamer Madhani, USA Today – Limbaugh apology: “I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on his apology.”

6. Jessica Yellin, CNN – Limbaugh/Fluke, Women voters

7. Lori Montenegro, Telemundo – Latino voters

8. Norah O’Donnell, CBS News – Super Tuesday, Romney criticisms

9. Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times – G8 Summit moving from Chicago to Camp David

10. Unidentified – Nato Summit, Koran Burning

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Pres. Obama’s Healthcare News Conference


What Are You Watching?(survey)

> First question goes to Ben Feller of the AP. He asks about — wait for it — healthcare. How to pay for it, and the deadline to get it passed.

> Really long first answer. Second question goes to David Alexander of Reuters, again on healthcare – the August deadline.

> Third question from Chuck Todd of NBC. Cost of healthcare. And it must be balmy in the East Room as Chuck is looking shiny. Feller of the AP did too. Chuck gets a follow-up.

> Jake Tapper of ABC gets the fourth question. What will Americans have to give up with healthcare reform?

> Chip Reid of CBS gets question five. Taking politics out of healthcare reform.

> Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune gets question six and asks the President if he’s fulfiling his promise of transparency.

> Julianna Goldman (Mrs. David Shuster) of Bloomberg News gets question seven and asks whether Obama administration needs to take a harder line on Wall Street risk-takers.

> Question eight goes was supposed to go to Stephen Koff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma asks whether POTUS and Congress would abide by the same benefits in the public option.

> Koff then gets in a quick question ahead of Obama’s trip to Cleveland tomorrow.

> Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times gets the last question and asks about the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates. Obama: “Skip Gates is a friend so I may be a little biased. Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were already in their own home.”