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WASHINGTON (AP) - A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party.

How to deal with the government's debt and spending became the latest quarrel between the GOP's 2008 presidential candidate and tea party champions such as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

Cruz and Lee expressed fears Thursday that Republicans might give up their ability to use a filibuster to wrest more spending cuts from Democrats and President Barack Obama.

McCain said Americans expect Congress - even though divided - to accomplish things through compromise.

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