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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2003

Press Briefing Excerpt by Ari Fleischer 03/03/03

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Q What is the White House doing now to try to break the filibuster on the Miguel Estrada nomination?

MR. FLEISCHER: The communications are continuing with members of Congress. The open offer is for Miguel Estrada to meet with any Democratic senators who have questions. And, interestingly, after the offer was made for Democratic senators to meet with him, hardly any expressed any interest in it. We will continue to talk to those Democrat members of Congress, and I think we will ultimately find out whether or not there are sufficient number of moderates who are so uncomfortable with this that they will give a different message to the Democratic leadership. We certainly hope that's the case, and the President will continue to make the case for somebody he views as a very good man.

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