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Clinton Names Satcher As Surgeon General

President nominates 'true field commander' in smoking war

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 12) -- The nation's top disease-fighter, David Satcher, got the nod from President Bill Clinton today to become America's top doc.

The president today nominated Satcher, who heads up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, to the twin jobs of surgeon general and assistant secretary of health.

"No one is better qualified to be America's doctor," said Clinton, who said he hopes to send Satcher out into battle as "a true field commander in the war against underage smoking."

"Whether we're talking about smoking or poor diets," said Satcher, "I want to send messages of good health to our cities and our suburbs, our barrios and reservations and even our prisons." (288K wav sound)

Satcher, 56, has led the CDC since 1993. The Centers are considered the world's leading line of defense against infectious diseases.

The surgeon general's job has been vacant since December 1994, when Joycelyn Elders resigned over her comments on masturbation. Clinton's next choice, Henry Foster, withdrew amid controversy over abortions he had performed. Clinton then appointed an acting surgeon general, Audrey Manley, who left office on July 1.

The White House says it has put in some serious homework on Satcher. "To avoid any of the controversy we've experienced in the past, there was a very extensive and lengthy vetting process," said spokesman Mike McCurry. "We have consulted closely [with Congress] to take some temperature readings," he said. "We are expecting a very enthusiastic and favorable response."

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FDCH Transcripts:
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Special Meeting
Senators Make Remarks After S.F.R.C. Meeting
Clinton Nominates Satcher For Surgeon General
White House Regular News Briefing

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