Trent Lott Steps Down as Majority Leader: Texas and Lubbock Republicans React - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Trent Lott Steps Down as Majority Leader: Texas and Lubbock Republicans React

Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott stepped down Friday from his spot as the U.S. Senate's Majority Leader. In a statement issued late Friday morning, Lott said in the interest of pursuing the best possible agenda for the future of our country, he will not seek to remain as majority leader. For weeks, Lott had been criticized for remarks he made during a party for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond. Remarks, some say were supportive of Thurmond's segregationist campaign for president in 1948. Some republicans we've spoken to say Lott did the right thing by stepping down.

"I really applaud him for coming to the decision that the right thing for him to do was step down," said Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R).

"I think it's good. I think it's good for the country. I think it's good for the party to be able to set this aside and get back focused on the agenda for moving America forward," said Representative Carl Isett (R).

Lott says he will continue to serve the people of Mississippi as senator. Meanwhile, Tennessee Senator Bill First is considered the front runner to fill Lott's position as majority leader.

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