Blunt Steps In as House Majority Leader

Tom DeLay stepped down as House majority leader Wednesday following his indictment in a campaign finance investigation. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will take over the post.

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We're listening to NPR's Andrea Seabrook, who covers Congress.

And, Andrea, a couple of other questions here. You've interviewed Tom DeLay in the past and closely followed him since. How does he respond under pressure?

ANDREA SEABROOK reporting:

I have never seen him back down in any way or really even, you know, show contrition, apologize for things that might warrant it. I mean, to the contrary, DeLay has built his whole career around dealing with tense situations. This is a man who was famous for being such an excellent whip. DeLay, in many ways, thrives on just this kind of pressure.

INSKEEP: Andrea, thanks very much.

SEABROOK: You're welcome.

INSKEEP: NPR's Andrea Seabrook has covered one key personality in this story.

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