Senators are debating the nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S. Attorney General. A vote could come later tonight, though more likely tomorrow. Another two Democrats have pledged support for Ashcroft. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia had previously indicated on CNN’s Larry King he would vote “yes,” and today made a formal statement on the senate floor. Senator Christopher Dodd has also announced his support. A spokesman for Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan has not made her available to comment on how she’ll vote, and does not expect her to speak from the senate floor.
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