Senate Republican leader Trent Lott said he's "hanging in there."
He's giving no indication he might step down soon from his leadership post. Lott insists he has support from his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
Lott is disputing suggestions that if he were forced out as leader, he would then resign from the Senate.
The Republican leader said he was elected to a six-year Senate term and has served two years. He calls that a contract that he's going to fulfill.
He also continued to say he has the support of President Bush -- even though the White House pointedly has refused to come to Lott's aid in the controversy.
But he added that things are "seeping out" from the White House that are not helpful.
Lott spoke with reporters after addressing the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce in Mississippi.