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Monday, November 13, 2006

Bush Faces GOP Ire Over Rumsfeld Timing - AOL News

Bush Faces GOP Ire Over Rumsfeld Timing - AOL News: "Bush Faces GOP Ire Over Rumsfeld Timing
By JOHN HEILPRIN, AP

WASHINGTON (Nov. 12) - The White House is trying to soothe Republicans who say the party might have fared better on Election Day if President Bush had not waited until after the vote to oust Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.



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'You could argue that either way, of what political effect an earlier decision on Secretary Rumsfeld would have had. But it doesn't matter,' White House chief of staff Josh Bolten said Sunday.

'The president correctly decided that this decision does not belong in the political realm. And a decision as important as your secretary of defense should not be made based on some partisan political advantage. It would send a terrible signal to our troops, to our allies, even to our enemies,' Bolten said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suggested that if Bush replaced Rumsfeld two weeks before the election, voters would not have been as angry about the unpopular Iraq war. Republicans would have gained the boost they needed, according to Gingrich, to retain their majority in the Senate and hold"

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