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Will It Get Raucus with Baucus?

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The theme for President Obama’s next town hall meeting on health care — Friday in Bozeman, Mont. — is set.

Max Baucus will be in the house.

Baucus, a Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has balked at some of Obama’s proposals, including the “public option” on health insurance. Baucus has also discussed lifting tax emptions for employer-based health insurance, an idea Obama has resisted.

Baucus won’t be on-stage Friday in his home state.

“He’ll be in attendance,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “He’s not an introducer. … He’s not a participant.”