Biden: 'Real Doubts' About Iran Poll Results
Elsewhere, officials spar over pending health care proposals
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2009 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Vice President Joe Biden this morning expressed “some real doubt” that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad legitimately won re-election in Iran, Politico reports. “There’s an awful lot of questions about how this election was run,” he told Meet the Press. On health care, Biden reiterated President Obama’s reluctance to tax employer-sponsored benefits, but didn’t deny that Obama might sign a measure with such a provision.

Health care reform held the agenda on the Sunday talk shows:

  • Kathleen Sebelius told State of the Union the health care “status quo has changed” since the Clinton era: “A lot of people who opposed” previous attempts at reform are “now at the table.”
  • On Fox News Sunday, Chuck Grassley called on Obama to show “presidential leadership” and endorse taxes on benefits, a McCain plan he “drove into the ground.”
  • Appearing with Grassley, Chris Dodd said taxing benefits was “unnecessary” and suggested it could further hobble lower-income workers.
  • Also on Fox, the head of the pro-business Chamber of Commerce warned new government regulations and mandates could threaten American capitalism.
  • Turning to Iran on This Week, Mitt Romney called the election “a fraud” and said it proved Obama’s “apologizing for America” isn’t working.