Obama quit cigarettes? White House blows smoke

AP News
Posted: Oct 10, 2010 3:00 PM
Obama quit cigarettes? White House blows smoke

A top White House adviser says President Barack Obama and the leading House Republican would be good role models if both quit smoking, but he's leaving hazy whether the two would work together on such a campaign.

Asked about such an effort Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," White House aide David Axelrod said the administration wants to work constructively with Republicans on any issue. But he refused to commit Obama to joining with House Minority Leader John Boehner to give up cigarettes.

Instead, Axelrod suggested that Democrats are doing more than Republicans to rein in the tobacco industry.

Last month on CBS, moderator Bob Schieffer asked Boehner about quitting smoking with Obama. The Ohio Republican simply said that he appreciated the suggestion.