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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Bush reiterates support for Hastert, says Foley won't affect midterms
From CNN Ticker Producer Alex Mooney

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush reiterated his support for House Speaker Dennis Hastert Wednesday and said the Illinois Republican remains an effective leader of the House GOP.

"Denny's very credible as far as I'm concerned," the president said during a one hour press conference with reporters in the White House Rose Garden. "And he's done a fine job as speaker, when he stands up and says: I want to know the truth. And I believe yesterday he said that if somebody on his staff, you know, didn't tell him the truth, they're gone. I respect that and appreciate that and believe him."

Bush also expressed confidence that the Washington scandal would not lead to GOP losses in November.

"I know this is -- this Foley issue bothers a lot of people, including me," the president said. "But I think when they get in that booth, they're going to be thinking about, you know, how best to secure the country from attack, and you know, how best to keep the economy going."
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