President Obama says the Democratic Party ''should not waiver on our core beliefs and principles'' but adds ''how we organize politically I think is something that we should spend some time thinking about.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: "I think it's a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to go through some reflection," said President Obama during a White House press briefing on Monday (November 14). He added that Democrats "should not waiver on our core beliefs and principles." "But how we organize politically I think is something that we should spend some time thinking about," said Obama. President-elect Donald Trump was weighing contenders for other top jobs in his administration after choosing Washington insider Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and firebrand outsider Stephen Bannon as senior counselor. Less than a week after his upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday's presidential election, Trump's choice on Sunday of Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman and friend of House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, could help him repair his strained relations with members of the Republican Party establishment. But Trump also named Bannon, the combative former head of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his strategist and senior counselor. The statement said Bannon and Priebus would be "working as equal partners to transform the federal government."