Mike Castle and Tom Davis

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US Reps. Mike Castle of Delaware and Tom Davis of Virginia, leaders of the Republican Main Street Partnership, an organization devoted to promoting so-called centrist views and candidates, were Tuesday's guests. Here are excerpts from their remarks:

On the Club for Growth, a group further to the right of the Partnership:

(Davis) "They ought to have sued their [political] consultant for malpractice. They have never defeated a moderate Republican."

(Castle) "As we have picked up more victories, the fear and concern about the Club for Growth [within the party] has diminished."

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On prospects for legislation that would liberalize stem-cell research, which the Partnership favors:

(Castle) "I think you are going to see a lot of discussion and, perhaps, some limited movement in the course of this year. And then everyone is going to take a good look around after the election [when] there is a real chance there might be some fundamental change."

On why President Bush does not get more credit for the rebounding economy:

(Davis) "I don't think he is getting the credit he deserves simply because the war in Iraq has just sucked all the oxygen out of any other message."

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