Sebelius Mum on HHS Post

Kansas gov says she's had no meetings on joining the Obama Cabinet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2009 2:54 PM CST
Sebelius Mum on HHS Post
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius holds signed proclamations in her office in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, mentioned as a top candidate for health secretary, said today she has not talked with President Barack Obama about joining his Cabinet. "There really isn't anything to tell. I haven't had any meetings about the position," Sebelius, 60, said in an interview with the AP during the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Pressed on whether she had spoken to Obama about heading the Health and Human Services Department, Sebelius said, "I have not." Sebelius's name surfaced when former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Obama's first choice for health secretary, withdrew after disclosing he had failed to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest. (More Kathleen Sebelius stories.)

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