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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rumsfeld Resigns; Bush Vows to ‘Find Common Ground’ - New York Times

Rumsfeld Resigns; Bush Vows to ‘Find Common Ground’ - New York Times: "November 9, 2006
Rumsfeld Resigns; Bush Vows to ‘Find Common Ground’
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and JIM RUTENBERG

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 — Faced with the collapse of his Republican majority in Congress, President Bush responded swiftly on Wednesday by announcing the departure of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and vowing to work with Democrats “to find common ground” on the war in Iraq and domestic issues.

With Democrats having recaptured the House and control of the Senate depending on the outcome of a single unsettled contest in Virginia, Mr. Bush, sounding alternately testy and conciliatory at a White House news conference, said he was “obviously disappointed.” He portrayed the results as a cumulative “thumping” of Republicans and conceded that as head of the party, he bore some responsibility.

In Virginia, though Senator George Allen had not conceded Wednesday night, the Democrat, Jim Webb, was confident enough of victory to begin talking about transition. Mr. Allen’s defeat would mean that the Democrats would control the Senate for the first time since 2002 and would control both houses of Congress.

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