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The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the United States will overcome war, recession and double-digit unemployment.

Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and the nation’s leaders will unite for the common good despite sometimes sharp political disagreements, which are the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, McConnell said in the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address Saturday.

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“The new year always brings with it renewed hope and a spirit of optimism - qualities that have exemplified our nation and its people from the very start,” said McConnell, R-Ky.

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He drew a historical parallel, citing the colonial army of 230 years ago winning a great military victory amid the exhaustion of a war in which the colonists were facing impossible odds against the British.

“Powerful forces may be aligned against us … but when the challenges are greatest, Americans always join ranks,” the senator said.

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