WASHINGTON — In a bid to confront criticism of his healthcare overhaul, President Obama has invited conservative talk-radio host Michael Smerconish to do his show from the White House.
The president will appear from 1:10 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time today, with some cable networks expected to carry the program live and the audience likely to pepper him with pointed questions.
"There has been a lot of misinformation that's been spread, particularly in conservative circles, about this plan," said Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman. "It's an opportunity to set the record straight, and hopefully he'll have an opportunity to confront that misinformation head-on."
The White House said it had a standing invitation to appear on Smerconish's show, and decided to accept.
Smerconish, 47, had consistently voted Republican in presidential races until last year, when he endorsed Obama. He favors the death penalty and a tough stance on terrorism, but said he also supported abortion rights and didn't care "if two guys hook up."