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October 27, 2009 9:31 a.m.

Lieberman: Sure, I’ll filibuster a health care reform bill I don’t agree with. And I don’t agree with it as it is now.

In other news, Sen. Blanche Lincoln today spoke out against the public option and the bill Sen. Reid (D-NV) announced yesterday. But revealingly, she did not say one way or another how she would vote on cloture (where the Dems need 60 votes), which is the key question.

I’d say it’s assumed that, if the Dems are going to win this, several of the centrist and conservative Dems will vote no on the bill itself (where they only need 50) but yes on cloture (the key vote where they need 60).

And in yet more news, asked whether he thinks it’s possible that Reid’s bill could fall apart before coming to the floor, Sen. Bayh said: “Yeah, I think that’s possible.”

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