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Cornyn criticizes ads
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, advised Democratic leaders to carry on negotiating. He too criticized ads by liberal advocacy groups attacking those who voted against the bill.
Cornyn said in a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "I am troubled by the appearance that your refusal to negotiate is motivated more by partisan politics, with an eye toward next year's election, instead of a sincere desire to reach a bipartisan compromise."
Reid, D-Nevada, said the bill that passed the Senate was a compromise. He said, "You cannot wring another ounce of compromise out of this."
The House has scheduled a vote Thursday to try to override the veto. Democrats have contrasted the cost of the popular health insurance program with the unpopular war in Iraq.
"We are still continuing our efforts to try to override that veto. At the same time that the president is saying that we actually can't afford to insure those 10 million children, he is asking for a $200 billion supplemental for Iraq," Pelosi, D-California, said at a news conference.