"As President Obama pushes for ratification of his signature nuclear treaty with Russia in coming days, all eyes are on one Republican.
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) has been his party's leading voice on the treaty and has pressed the administration to commit to a major modernization of the country's weapons labs in exchange for approval of the pact.
The administration sent a delegation that included Gen. Kevin Chilton, head of U.S. nuclear forces, to Arizona to woo Kyl on Friday, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will meet with Kyl this week to try to seal a deal, according to two officials.
Even Obama, who has called ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) his No. 1 foreign-policy priority in the lame-duck session beginning this week, has noted Kyl's influence. "