JIM LEHRER: Senator, how important do you think it is that the Republicans maintain control of the Senate in the November elections?and
SEN. BILL FRIST: Very important.
JIM LEHRER: Why?
SEN. BILL FRIST: Well, because we've got a bold vision of where this country needs to go, whether it's an issue on the issues we're talking about, in terms of security and fighting this war on terror, and not cutting and running in Iraq, whether it's keeping taxes low to make sure we secure the prosperity of America.
The Democrats have said they're going to throw the Bush tax cuts overboard, and that's going to increase the average person listening to me -- a family of four, $62,000 -- that would increase their taxes by 58 percent.
JIM LEHRER: Senator, are you uncomfortable at all by the way the Republican Party rallied to the side of Senator Linc Chafee in Rhode Island, despite the fact that all the issues that you have named and others, he's usually votes against you and the Republican leadership? And yet you and the others supported him for re-election or re-nomination in the Republican primary.
SEN. BILL FRIST: Very proud of Linc Chafee. He is a colleague who I strongly support.
Listen, I don't demand what maybe the other side does, and that is that everybody follow us all the time.
JIM LEHRER: Senator Reid again last night said that, if there is a Democratic majority in the Senate after November, that the Democrats would use the power of the purse to influence Iraq policy, to change Iraq policy. Is that something people should be concerned about?maroon.
SEN. BILL FRIST: Well, you know, again -- first of all, we're not going to see Democratic leadership, at least not in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. And if we're going to threaten to starve our troops overseas, I'd be very concerned, if that's the implication.