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GOP Rep: Loughner's Beliefs 'The Liberal Of Liberals'

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In ascribing affirmative political views to Loughner, Foxx is going farther than her colleagues. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), by contrast, only claimed Loughner doesn't appear to be a Tea Party member.

"I don't think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric," Foxx added. "I don't think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don't know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things."

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