Reid commends Bolivian democracy as senators' Andean trip begins

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La Paz, Bolivia, today -- leading a delegation of senators who plan
to meet with Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Reid used a visit to a fair celebrating U-S aid projects to
commend the election a year ago that installed Morales as the
Bolivia's first Indian president.

Reid says not everyone was pleased with the outcome, but that's
the way elections are.

Also on the tour are incoming the Senate Majority Whip Richard
Durbin of Illinois, Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire,
and Democratic Senators Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Robert Bennett
of Utah and Ken Salazar of Colorado.

After Bolivia, they go to the South American country of Ecuador
for a meeting Saturday with populist President-elect Rafael Correa.

The senators are due to meet with Peruvian President Alan Garcia
on January second.

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