Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Cochran, Not Mr. Lott, for Majority Leader

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Cochran, Not Mr. Lott, for Majority Leader

Article excerpt

Republicans' choice of a successor to retiring Majority Leader Bob Dole to be their Senate leader may not seem of great importance, but it is. The GOP faces an unusually clear choice between the two men now running for the post. The person they elect will significantly affect whether Congress and President Bill Clinton can work together to accomplish anything in 1996.

Deputy GOP leader Trent Lott of Mississippi is running for the leadership post against that state's other GOP senator, Thad Cochran. Mr. Lott promises to import much of the extremism displayed this year by House Speaker Newt Gingrich. On CNN's "Late Edition" last weekend, Mr. Lott said that though "there will be some stylistic change (from the House), the content will be the same." He favors a constitutional amendment to ban abortions, and he wants to repeal both Mr. Clinton's 1993 tax hike and the 1990 hike signed by then-President George Bush, depriving the government of $600 billion (Mr. …

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