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April 14th, 2013
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Sens. McCain, Toomey, Manchin discuss gun legislation on State of the Union

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley,Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined the program and discussed upcoming legislation to expand background checks saying, "I'm very favorably disposed." Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also spoke on the program about their gun legislation, with Toomey guessing that it may come up for a vote on Wednesday. Full transcripts of both interviews may be found here.

Sen. McCain on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I'm very favorably disposed. But first of all, I would like to thank Pat and Joe for their work together. We need to do a lot more of that. And I'm very favorably disposed towards that. Eighty percent of the American people want to see a better background check procedure. The Internet aspect of it, which I need more explanations - greater explanation of, but, look, I appreciate their work. "

Sen. Toomey on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I think Wednesday's probably the most likely day for a vote for the Manchin-Toomey alternative to the existing language in the underlying bill. I think it's an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it's going to be close."

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