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Lott: I May Oppose Troop Escalation

CREDIT:

Yesterday on MSNBC, Trent Lott (R-MS), the second ranking Republican in the Senate, said that he may oppose troop escalation in Iraq. Watch it:

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Lott’s comments are particularly significant because, as the Minority Whip, he’s responsible for bringing his caucus in line with the Senate leadership’s position. If he’s not for escalation in Iraq, it’s unlikely there will be any serious effort in the Senate to get other members of his caucus to support it.

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Transcript:

Matthews: Is there a chance you’ll say no to the surge?

Lott: There is.

Matthews: Thanks for making news here.