White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of colon cancer, but he still has the energy and drive to hit the road to promote the immigration bill now before Congress.
Snow told News Desk that he will be giving a series of speeches around the country to argue that the legislation, backed by President Bush, is a good compromise. Without it, Snow says, the problem of the estimated 12 million illegal workers in the United States will only get worse. Snow is passing up the president's trip to the Group of Eight economic summit in Germany and Bush's subsequent visit to other European nations next week to give the speeches and continue his therapy.
The press secretary says he wants to explain to conservative audiences that the bill would not give amnesty to the illegal workers but would impose penalties on them in exchange for eventual legal status. "I'll invite people to look at it and have a full debate on it. It's vitally important to get the problem solved," he said in an interview.
--Kenneth T. Walsh