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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Chertoff: 'Tempers got hot'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of Homeland Michael Chertoff said that tempers flared behind the scenes in the Senate while they debated the details of the new immigration bill. Sunday on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Chertoff admitted that "tempers got hot," particularly between Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and another Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

Chertoff said, "Sure, tempers get hot. My temper got hot sometimes, too, because you're dealing with issues that are emotional. But you also had people who were prepared, ultimately, to put their emotions to one side and forge a workable solution, which, I think, is what the public's been craving over the last couple of decades."

--CNN Late Edition Producer Ted Metzger
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