Obama to speak with Fox News on Wednesday

President Barack Obama speaks at Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, March 2, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

March 16, 2010 12:18:29 PM PDT
President Barack Obama is taking his health care pitch directly to Fox News viewers.

The White House on Tuesday said Obama would speak with anchor Bret Baier for his Wednesday program. Obama is in the middle of his final, aggressive push for a health care overhaul he wants completed before leaving for Australia and Indonesia on Sunday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama wants to speak to as many people as possible about the potential benefits of his top domestic priority.

The White House last year was publicly critical of Fox News and its programs. Officials said the cable television network was an arm of the Republican Party. The spat escalated and Gibbs met with network executives in his office last fall.