The White House said Monday that administration officials were “recalibrating” amid growing opposition to President Obama’s nomination for surgeon general from Senate Democrats and criticism from the National Rifle Association.
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“We are recalibrating and assessing our strategy moving forward with the nomination,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
As many as 10 Senate Democrats have signaled that they would oppose the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was targeted by the influential gun lobby after voicing support for bans of certain types of firearms and ammunition purchases. Murthy has also called for mandatory gun safety programs and the removal of restrictions on antigun advocacy research.
The White House spokesman did not explain what form that shift in strategy would take, but insisted that the administration had not abandoned Murthy’s nomination.