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Senate Moderates Hope Seating Is Just the Start

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McCain, for his part, said there is room for moderation in the Senate, pointing to the growth of independent voters in his state of Arizona and across the country. Heís working with Carper on an enhanced rescissions bill that is a less powerful version of a line-item veto.

Carper, however, acknowledged Republicans are in a tough spot, noting then-Rep. Mike Castleís defeat in his stateís Senate GOP primary last year, as well as Bennettís defeat in Utah.

ďRepublicans are between a rock and a hard place. ... Very good, conservative but centrist Republicans were punished for their willingness to work across the aisle. Itís a tough call for Republicans.Ē

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