Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refusing to answer a question as to whether Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a job by the Obama Administration in order to get him to drop his run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against Sen. Arlen Specter. Gibbs hemed and hawed, but would not really give an answer.
The White House on Thursday refused to say whether U.S. Rep Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, was ever offered a federal job if he would drop his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.
Sestak has said that he was offered that deal last year in an effort to get him not to run against Specter. He has sought to move beyond the point but still stands by his statement — as he again did in a CNN interview on Wednesday — that he had been offered a job to avoid challenging Specter.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs got several questions about the matter on Thursday, given that Sestak is now the Democratic nominee.
Gibbs answered: "I don't have anything to add."
Instead, Gibbs referred repeatedly to his statement from March 16.
At that time, Gibbs said he had checked into the matter and that "I'm told that whatever conversations have been had are not problematic. I think Congressman Sestak has discussed that this is — whatever happened is in the past, and he's focused on his primary election."
When reporters sought fresh clarification about what was said in those conversations, or a clear denial from the White House that Sestak had been offered a job, Gibbs had nothing new to say.
In the CNN interview on Wednesday, Sestak said: "I've said I was offered something. I don't have to go beyond that. I don't think it helps anybody." . . . MORE
Gibbsy looked pretty uncomfortable with this question. There's definitely more to it.