The U.S. Senate voted 63-35 to confirm Dr. David Satcher as Surgeon General. President Clinton commented, “No one is better qualified to be America’s doctor …. He is a mainstream physician who is an eloquent advocate for the health of all Americans.”
Satcher’s nomination overcame strong resistance from conservatives led by Sen. John Ashcroft, who condemned Satcher for supporting Clinton’s veto of a ban on D&X abortions.
Dr. Satcher has worked as a family practitioner, researcher, medical school dean and served for five years as the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Satcher said he plans to “work hard to engage all Americans everywhere in a lively, ongoing conversation about physical activity, good nutrition, responsible behavior and other passports to good health and long life.”