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Top Democrat Predicts Senate Will OK Arms Treaty

Monday, 20 Dec 2010 07:51 AM

One of the Senate's top Democrats is predicting the chamber will approve a new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, despite Republican opposition to what is one of President Barack Obama's top foreign policy goals.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats have now picked up the support of GOP Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and he said he believes Democrats can get the 67 votes the Constitution requires to ratify a treaty.

Speaking Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Schumer says it will be "a real slog, house by house combat," but he believes Democrats will prevail.

The treaty's prospects were complicated Sunday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would oppose the treaty.

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