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 May 3, 2005
DeLay gets support from fellow Republicans
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WASHINGTON Tom DeLay is getting some support from his fellow Republicans on the Sunday talk shows -- and more criticism from Democrats.

The House majority leader has been under fire over possible ethical violations.

Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt, who serves as House G-O-P whip, was on N-B-C's "Meet the Press." He said he hopes DeLay "has no intention of stepping aside."

Last week, White House spokesman Scott McClellan expressed support for Delay, but indicated that the president and DeLay were more business associates than close personal friends.

That response didn't sit well with Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, the former Senate majority leader. Lott got little backing from President Bush when he was accused of making racist comments, a flap that cost him his position.

On A-B-C's "This Week," Lott said he thinks the White House "needs to remember that people who fight hard for you as a candidate and for your issues as a president, deserve your aggressive support."

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