Q You don't think there's some basic philosophical questions that the party ought to confront?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I think the basic, fundamental philosophy of the Republican Party is the correct one, obviously. I believe that. I spent my whole career supporting it and think it ought to be sustained over time. I think it's important for us to be true to those basic political values that have been successful for us. We need to do what successful parties always do, which is go out and recruit good candidates, raise --
Q -- for what happened in 2006, when the party lost --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, we've been there for 12 years. We had control for a long time, perhaps got a little sloppy as a party. But I think we've got some great talent up there. I think we've got some pretty good --
Q -- (inaudible) --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I look at -- obviously we've got -- John Boehner now is the Republican leader on the House side. I'm sorry to see my friend, Trent Lott, hang it up. Trent and I served together for a long time. We both arrived here in 1968 as young staffers and then served in the House together for 10 years, and are good friends to this day. So I'm sorry to see Trent step down, but understand.
But if you look -- coming along, Jon Kyl, looks like he's going to be
the new Whip, extraordinarily capable individual, somebody I've served with
in the House, a good friend. On the Republican side in the House, we've got
folks like Eric Cantor and Adam Pu
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