In a famous interview between President Buchanan and Stephen A. DouglasPage 428
prior to the opening of Congress in December, Buchanan was reported to have threatened political reprisal if Douglas fought the admission of Kansas under the Lecompton Constitution, an administration measure. Douglas refused because of the Constitution's slavery clause, and proceeded to fight the administration with the support of a handful of Democratic senators, but with considerable Republican support. Lincoln's view of party strategy was not generally followed, most Republican leaders supporting Douglas.
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