Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, accompanied by his wife, Cathy, concedes in his Virginia Senate race against the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Mark Warner, on Friday in Springfield, Va. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Mehlman, on NBC's "Meet the Press" in August 2006, makes a point to host David Gregory. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Europe hide caption

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