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Daschle, Lott Engage in War of New Words

January 28, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

It's a war of non-words.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) accuses the Bush administration of "Enronizing" the economy--raiding retirement and health funds to enrich the affluent.

Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) fired back with his own new verb: "Daschle-ize."

"I don't want to see happen to all of the country, to our retirees, what happened to employees of the Enron Corp.," Daschle said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Lott responded on CBS: "We don't want to Daschle-ize the budget, which to me means raise taxes, increase spending and obstruct."

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