Obama support of public option wavering?

A stronger backbone might help it -- and him

Today, a new poll in Ohio shows President Obama’s approval rate below 50 percent for the first time. Can it be due to the ambiguity surrounding his continued support of a public option for health insurance? His chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, made statements earlier this week which seemed to signal a willingness of the White House to compromise more than most progressives want.

Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.), interviewed on MSNBC today, was asked how strong the President’s commitment to a public option is. The full five minute interview follows.

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