Even as Democratic leaders struggle to forge a compromise between the caucus' centrists and liberals, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday stressed lawmakers were still "nearing a consensus" on her chamber's healthcare bill.

She also signaled one of the Senate's most important swing votes -- Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) -- would eventually support Democrats' final product, given his previous positions on healthcare reform.

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"I actually think things are getting better," Klobuchar told MSNBC. "Right when you get to the end, near that goal line, you seee a lot of fighting, a lot of skirmishes."

Top Democrats are canvassing the airwaves this morning perhaps in an attempt to assure skeptics they can still pass healthcare by the year's end, despite serious squabbling within the Democratic caucus over the bill itself.

They have focused intently on steering attention away from Lieberman, who said this weekend he would support neither the public option nor the Medicare buy-in compromise.

Already, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has stressed the majority party could still cobble up the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster by the year's end. And Vice President Joe Biden this morning suggested Lieberman would still be one of those votes.

Klobuchar was squarely in that camp too, insisting Lieberman "in the end... will support this bill," despite his current objections.