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A could-be Obama appointee drops out; Gupta to stay at CNN

March 5, 2009 |  3:20 pm

Word now out via CNN's Wolf Blitzer, unofficial spokesman for his cable TV colleague, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, that the network's medical correspondent has just pulled his name from consideration as Surgeon General in the new Barack Obama administration.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN medical correspondent drops out of consideration as Barack Obama's surgeon general

Here's what Wolfie just said on-air:

We can now confirm here at CNN that our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has now decided to withdraw his name for consideration as the next Surgeon General of the United States. 

We’re told that Sanjay has decided that he does want to continue to pursue his medical career, he’s a practicing neurosurgeon. He also wants to spend more time with his family; his wife is expecting another child right now. And of course, he wants to continue to be our chief medical correspondent at CNN.

You might not be surprised to learn that Dr. Gupta will be on Larry King's show tonight, not because Lar isn't feeling well again. But you can get two programming hits that way out of a story that essentially didn't happen.

Watch this news video below for further details:

-- Andrew Malcolm

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