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Reid, McConnell Push Public Service To Students

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The top two leaders in the U.S. Senate encouraged students on Monday to pursue an education and consider public service as a career.

"Do what is going to make you happy," said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the majority leader.

Reid appeared Monday morning along with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader, in a rare joint appearance at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center for a speech to students, faculty and others, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported on its Web site.

McConnell introduced his Senate counterpart with praise for his work. McConnell said that, even though partisan battles in the Senate get the most news coverage, it's the "spirit of mutual trust and cooperation" that keeps the Senate working.

"Every morning, leaders meet in the well of the Senate and find a way to work things out," McConnell said.

Reid answered a few questions after his talk before both he and McConnell headed back to Washington. The Senate was scheduled to return to work later Monday.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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