Gates, Clinton Press Senate to Ratify Nukes Treaty

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"Will (Obama) be tempted to pull his punches (on missile defense) in order to keep the Russians from withdrawing from the treaty?" Kyl asked in an interview.

"He's going to be sorely tempted," he added.

Democrats say they hope the committee can vote before the August recess, paving the way for a floor vote on the treaty as early as this fall.

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