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Durbin: We're On Our Way to 60 Votes

8:09 AM, Dec 16, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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On "Morning Joe," he had this to say:

"We are moving toward 60 - we think we'll have it by next week," Durbin said during an appearance on MSNBC. "There's so many positive things in this bill, I think we see our way to pass it and make things significantly better for most families."

He gives the progressive lament, but says it's going to happen, even with the forced compromises:

"I am one of those progressives and I support the public option, but I can count. In the Senate, you need 60. And if you don't have 60, you're empty-handed," the Illinois Democrat explained. "And in this case, you need to find a way to get to 60 votes. And that means accommodating and making concessions on a lot of issues we'd rather not make concessions on."

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