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Putnam: "I consider myself a conservative, but I felt like this intervention was necessary"

House GOP leader Adam Putnam, who voted for the downed Wall Street rescue plan Monday, says talks are "ongoing on Capitol Hill behind the scenes to try and lay the groundwork for a possible deal late this week."

In an interview on Fox News, Putnam said he's hoping Republican opponents will come around.

"I'm suggesting that if Nancy Pelosi feels like she has to pass this only with Democratic votes this bill will get far worse for my conservative friends," Putnam said. "And I consider myself a conservative, but I felt like this intervention was necessary. If they do it without Republican votes, all of the hard-fought accomplishments that we secured in the negotiations will be for naught and they will load this thing up with all of the left wing ideas. That is not an acceptable public policy for the country."

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