Warren Rudman: The Iconoclast Of Capitol Hill

New Hampshire Senator WARREN RUDMAN defends George Bush's Supreme Court nominee and faults colleagues for ducking tough issues

Q. You were highly visible in the David Souter nomination to the Supreme Court. Was that to divert attention from Souter's ties to John Sununu?

A. It was to portray the accuracy of the fact that I have been advancing David Souter's interests, on my own, without his consent, for 20 years. I wanted my colleagues to know very accurately that he was very close to me, because I would hope to have some credibility with my colleagues.

Q. Souter comes across to much of the public as rather weird.

A. Weird? He has lots of friends. He has a very...

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