Politics & Government

Kansas governor a finalist for Obama's cabinet health post

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a finalist to be President Barack Obama's secretary of health and human services, but no decision has been made, sources told The Kansas City Star Wednesday evening.

Earlier The New York Times had reported on its Web site that Obama had "settled" on Sebelius as his top choice, but a White House spokesman told The Star that characterization went too far.

The Times reported that advisers had said Sebelius was "the leading candidate" and said there were no others to mention. The president's first pick for the job, former Sen. Tom Daschle, withdrew over his failure to pay $128,000 in taxes until nominated.

Asked about the Cabinet job, Sebelius; spokeswoman, Beth Martino, said the governor "is focused on the economic challenges currently facing Kansas, including our state budget and the impacts of the federal stimulus package."

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