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President nominates former Procter and Gamble CEO as new VA secretary


(CNN) — As expected, President Barack Obama announced Bob McDonald as his choice to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday.

He described McDonald — a West Point graduate and former CEO of Procter & Gamble — as one of the “nation’s most accomplished business leaders and managers.”

“He’s no nonsense. He’s pragmatic. He does not seek the limelight,” Obama said about his pick.

McDonald’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Washington State Senator Patty Murray issued a statement applauding the choice, but also pointing out that a fix at the VA will take more than a new leader.

“These are challenges that will not be solved through legislation alone or by simply replacing the Secretary,” said Murray.  “However, I am hopeful today’s announcement will spark long-overdue change from the top-down in order to ensure our veterans are getting the care and support they expect and deserve.”

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