03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Daschle Withdrawal Leaves White House 'At A Loss'

Long before the Senate had a chance to consider his nomination to be secretary of health and human services, Thomas A. Daschle was hard at work pressing President Obama's signature domestic policy goal of revamping the U.S. health system.

In private sessions in Washington and town hall-style meetings beyond the Beltway, the former Senate majority leader was assembling a team of experts, cajoling special interests and mobilizing grass-roots support for an ambitious overhaul.

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