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The President will not campaign for Mark Critz in the race to fill John Murtha's seat.

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The President will not campaign for Mark Critz in the race to fill John Murtha’s seat.

With polls showing Republican Tim Burns holding a slight lead in the May 18 special election for the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha (D.-Pa.), I asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs last week whether the President would make a campaign stop on behalf of Democrat Mark Critz. “I’d have to look at the schedule,” Gibbs told Gizzi. “I haven’t focused too much farther ahead on the block schedule than the next couple weeks, but I can see if there’s anything planned on that.”

Another reporter pressed Gibbs, pointing out that “the President was happy to point to the Florida special [U.S. House] election as a referendum on healthcare” and wondered if Obama’s refusal to commit to a stop in Pennsylvania was related to Democrat Critz’s running an ad “saying he’s against the healthcare bill.” Gibbs remained noncommittal, saying that “I have not spent a tremendous amount of time looking at the ads on this. But I do not doubt that there will be people in this season that will campaign on a whole host of policy positions. I think given where we’ve spent our time and our energy, [they] know where we are, particularly on healthcare.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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