A new Senate Leader. (Politics)."In the interest of ... the future of our country, I will I not seek to remain as majority leader of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. Senate for the 108th Congress." With these words, Senator Trent Lott (R, Mississippi Mississippi, state, United States
Mississippi (mĭs'əsĭp`ē), one of the Deep South states of the United States. It is bordered by Alabama (E), the Gulf of Mexico (S), Arkansas and Louisiana, with most of the border formed by ) resigned as the leader of the majority Republican Party in the U.S. Senate.
Lott's announcement, which came on December 20, 2002, ended two weeks of intense debate over whether he was fit to hold this important position.
The trouble started at Senator Strom Thurmond's (R, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. ) 100th birthday party in early December. At the party, Lott said that the U.S. would have been a better country if Thurmond, who once supported racial segregation Noun 1. racial segregation - segregation by race
petty apartheid - racial segregation enforced primarily in public transportation and hotels and restaurants and other public places , had been elected President in 1948.
Many people, including President George W. Bush, criticized Lott for his racially insensitive in·sen·si·tive
1. Not physically sensitive; numb.
a. Lacking in sensitivity to the feelings or circumstances of others; unfeeling.
b. remarks. Despite several, apologies, Lott was unable to silence his critics. Although he decided to end his term as Majority Leader, Lott will still represent Mississippi in the Senate.
On December 23, Senate Republicans chose Senator Bill Frist, a former heart surgeon from Tennessee, as their new leader.