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U.S. Representative Pete Sessions of Texas says he will be stepping aside as the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and he's throwing his support behind Oregon Congressman Greg Walden for the top spot.

 

Walden says he is seeking the leadership role for Republicans; but the November 6th election will dictate what the direction of the party will take.  "Depending on the outcome of the election. We have some big, big challenges to solve for this country. We have to overcome the fiscal cliff; we have to overcome getting the economy going again, and that means making some very important, but sometimes difficult decisions. You’ve got to be able to explain these decisions, when you go back home. And so my job would be to help people do that - to help solve the problems, and have the majority in place that wants to really address the big items, the big issues that face the country and have the strength to do it."

 

Walden says he's spent years building relationships and friendships that can help his district; and having an influential leadership role means he will be able to help so many more. 

 

The Republicans will not be selecting a new leader until after the November 6th election.

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