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Gephardt, Hastert Ask Public to Prod Congress About Cliff

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Hastert, above, and Gephardt have been trying to drum up grass-roots support to pressure lawmakers and the White House not to hurl the country over the metaphorical precipice.

“The extreme edges control the money and the politics,” Hastert said. But Gephardt said that going through the “worst economy since the Great Depression” has been a crucial factor in ratcheting up Hill partisanship.

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