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Coons is fashioning himself in the mold of the senator he succeeded – former Vice President Joe Biden – to the frustration of his party’s restive liberal base. The far more liberal Merkley ‘is just sort of puzzled by me,’ Coons said with a chuckle. What separates Coons from many others in his party, and gives him under-the-radar currency in the Senate, is his aversion to knee-jerk opposition to the president. ‘It is hard’ to maintain trust in Grassley after the Garland episode, Coons said.

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