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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Bush in "campaign mode" during meeting with GOP senators
From CNN's Ted Barrett

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An upbeat President Bush poked fun at himself, while expressing confidence that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would hold on to his seat in November, during a closed door meeting Thursday with Republicans, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, said.

"We're both beneficiaries of continuing low expectations," Bush told Santorum in the meeting with GOP senators.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, described Bush as in "campaign mode," ticking through key races where Republican incumbents are facing serious challenges. But Bush also predicted the GOP would hold its majority.

Santorum is locked in a tough re-election fight with Democratic rival state Treasurer Bob Casey.
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