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Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Holds News Briefing

Aired December 5, 2000 - 12:28 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: We continue to track this story for you with lightning speed. Now Trent Lott, the Senate majority leader, is in the Senate Gallery. We want you to go there, and hear what the Senate majority leader has to say.

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SEN. TRENT LOTT (R-MS), MAJORITY LEADER: And it's a pleasure for me to be here as the reelected Republican leader.

And joining me is our leadership team. Of course, continuing to serve as the assistant majority leader and the whip in the Senate for the Republicans will be my good friend and colleague Don Nickles. I'm going to introduce all the leadership team, and then each one of them will have some brief remarks, and then we'll be glad to take your questions.

I also want to again welcome to our team and congratulate him on his reelection, Larry Craig, the chairman of the Policy Committee. And of course, here on my left, are the leaders of the conference, the new chairman of the Republican Conference, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and the new vice chairman of the Republican Conference, Kate Bailey Hutchison of Texas, and the new chairman of the Senate Campaign Committee, Bill Frist of Tennessee.

As you see, we have some new faces in our leadership team. We have Kay, who is the first woman in the Republican leadership since we had Margaret Chase Smith served as the chairman of the conference for five or six years in the late '60s and early '70s. She was the chairman of the conference, and now we're delighted to have Kay in our leadership team.

Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Rick has already had some ten years in the Congress and yet he's only 42, and now he's chairman of the conference. So he's certainly going to bring a lot of youth and energy and vigor and communications skills to our leadership team.

And Bill Frist, who is a great senator from Tennessee, just reelected to a six-year term, and more noted in some circles as a heart surgeon than as a senator. I hope that has great meaning when it comes to his job as the chairman of our campaign committee.

But I believe we have a great team here, with a lot of diversity in our background, regionally and in terms of skills for this session. And I'm looking forward to working with them.

SESNO: Want to take you now to the Florida Supreme Court, where Craig Waters is about to have a statement.

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