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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Bush: Rumsfeld resigning
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush announced Wednesday that Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down from his post.

"He has been a superior leader in a time of change," Bush told reporters.
"He's a trusted adviser and friend."

Rumsfeld has been heavily criticized for his handling of the war in Iraq.
Bush said he will nominate former CIA Director Robert Gates to succeed
Rumsfeld. Gates headed the agency from 1991 until 1993.

"If confirmed by the Senate, he will bring more than 25 years of national
security experience as an effective leader with sound judgment," the president
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