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Murphy: Connecticut Shooting Changes His Plans In Senate

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Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), back right, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, left, Senator-elect Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), center, and Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, right, wait for the arrival of President Barack Obama for an interfaith vigil on Sunday, December 16, 2012, for the victims of the South Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), back right, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, left, Senator-elect Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), center, and Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, right, wait for the arrival of President Barack Obama for an interfaith vigil on Sunday, December 16, 2012, for the victims of the South Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy says the deadly shooting in Newtown has changed his plans as Connecticut’s newest U.S. senator.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, the Democrat said his “Senate career will be much different” because of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which is located in Murphy’s congressional district.

Murphy said he’ll judge himself as a new senator by whether or not he has “worked every hour and every day to make something good happen from these kids’ deaths.”

Murphy takes over the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman in January.

In a speech in the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined a growing group of lawmakers and other officials calling for reinstating a federal ban on assault weapons.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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