Two Missourians who are leaders in Congress on different sides of the political aisle are talking about whether they and their parties can work together in Washington. To St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt, the leading Democrat in the US House, the message of the close November elections is clear: Drop the partisan rancor and work together to get something done. Gephardt downplays the vocal protests from black members of his party over the presidential election. Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt will work as the House liaison for President-elect Bush. He doesn’t see the term bi-partisanship as entirely positive. “I don’t know that you want to have bipartisanship in terms of muted and undistinguishable (sic) policies in terms of what you stand for,” he says.
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