Cabinet nominee Tom Daschle apologizes for cheating on his taxes and getting caught
Thomas A. Daschle, fighting to defend his nomination to be secretary of health and human services, apologized today for mistakes in his personal income tax returns after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee to explain the problems that led to $146,000 in back payments.
Acknowledging that Americans "have high expectations" for government officials and their taxes, Daschle told reporters in the hallway after the committee meeting, "All of my life I have assiduously tried to pay my taxes in full and on time. My failure to recognize the that use of a car was income and not a gift from a good friend was a mistake."
He said, however, "that's no excuse and I deeply apologize to President Obama, my colleagues and to the American people. I would hope that my mistake would be viewed in the context of 30 years of public service."
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