Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the number three Republican in the Senate leadership, talks about his decision to step down from his leadership post in January, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, during a news ... more 
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the number three Republican in the Senate leadership, talks about his decision to step down from his leadership post in January, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By J. Scott Applewhite
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 2:07 PM EDT