The White House appears to be sending out conflicting messages, but that could be intentional ambiguity designed to keep several options on the table.
Ryan Crocker was a major force in helping to turn around Iraq, Presidents Bush and Obama say.
The president, in Montana on Friday and Colorado on Saturday, has so far taken care not to alienate 'New West' swing states. But rumblings are nonetheless afoot.
The president visited the senator's home state Friday, even as Baucus works to get GOP support for healthcare reform. Both men are being blasted from the left and the right.
And he has high praise for Max Baucus, the state's U.S. Senator who heads the crucial Senate Finance Committee.
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Finance Committee chairman Baucus tries for bipartisanship. But critics in his own party worry that could weaken overhaul legislation - especially provisions for children.
In a meeting with the president Tuesday, Senate Democrats agree to work with Republicans on a bipartisan bill – but only until the middle of September.