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Armey Insists Gingrich Still No. 1

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, seeking to dispel the notion that Speaker Newt Gingrich’s job is on the line, insisted that Gingrich (R-Ga.) is doing fine and can keep the speakership as long as he wants it. Armey, the No. 2 House Republican, blamed journalists for a furor over rumblings within the GOP against the speaker. “We’ve got a press corps that can’t stand to see people getting along and they are obsessed with a bunch of trivial stuff that nobody is interested in,” Armey said on NBC-TV’s “Meet the Press.” Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott agreed. Gingrich will survive, Lott (R-Miss.) said on CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation.”


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