Regrets

Obama Stands by Daschle

Under fire for tax-related problems, former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department, apologized in a statement to the Finance Committee today. Daschle said he was "deeply embarrassed and disappointed" that he neglected to pay $140,000 in back taxes. "I apologize for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them," he added. Obama, meanwhile, said he was still "absolutely" confident in Daschle, a sentiment echoed by members of the Finance Committee. "I am eager to move forward together," chairman Max Baucus said.