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Obama: I'll Own Reform, So It Has to Work

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As part of his push for health care reform, President Barack Obama is on "60 Minutes" tomorrow night.

In an interview recorded Friday with CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft, the president said the overhaul is not only important for the country, it is important for his presidency.

"I have no interest in having a bill get passed that fails, that doesn't work.

"You know, I intend to be President for a while, and once this bill passes, I own it. And if people look and say, 'You know what? This hasn't reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25 percent, insurance companies are still jerkin' me around,' I'm the one who's gonna be held responsible.

"So I have every incentive to get this right."

The full interview airs on "60 Minutes" Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Mr. Obama will speak at a rally for health care reform in Minneapolis Saturday at 2 p.m.

For the White House, today's speech is an attempt to continue to build on the positive momentum for health care reform from the president's address before Congress Wednesday, after allowing the opposition to dominate the debate for weeks.

A new CBS News poll shows that , up from 40% last week.

Analysts say he needs to build on that momentum in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, opponents are organizing a march in Washington Saturday.

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