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Abercrombie Finesses Gingrich Thrust On ‘Crossfire’

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie was on CNN’s Crossfire for all of two minutes today.

Co-host Newt Gingrich asked him about whether he was the one who accepted the recent resignation of Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector. Gingrich called it Hawaii’s version of Obamacare.

Abercrombie corrected Gingrich, telling him that Hawaii — being “unique” — has a nonprofit corporation running the state’s health insurance exchange. The governor said the real issue is about getting insurance to people who don’t have it.

Gingrich persisted: Would Abercrombie, if he were president, accept the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, regarding the problems with the Affordable Care Act website?

Abercrombie said he would not answer the hypothetical question, saying instead, “I’m interested in getting the uninsured insured.”

Abercrombie is in Washington, D.C., to participate in the first meeting of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is acting governor until the boss returns Wednesday.

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Photo: Crossfire. (CNN)

—Chad Blair

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