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Mitchell's Verbal Slip May Presage Dole Promotion

October 07, 1994|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — If retiring Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell's Freudian slip is a sign, Senate Democrats are in trouble.

Speaking of Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday, Mitchell said, "I will say that I think he's done a very good job as minority leader, and I expect him to continue to do that good job as majority--minority--leader for many years to come."

Republicans expect substantial gains in next month's elections. They need to gain seven Senate seats to become the majority party in that chamber.

Mitchell, 61, a Maine Democrat who retires at the end of this session after 14 years in the Senate, spoke at length at Thursday's luncheon about lawmakers on the other side of the aisle--expressing his frustration with an increasing number of filibusters and delay tactics on the Senate floor.

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