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Reid: Gates 'should be confirmed'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, says he expects Defense secretary nominee Robert Gates to easily be confirmed unless something unforeseen emerges during his hearing.

"Unless something comes up toward the hearings, which I don't expect, he should be confirmed," Reid told reporters with Gates at his side. "The one thing he has going for him, and I mentioned that to the Secretary, is we want the change to take place very quickly."

Gates spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with many key senators ahead of his Senate Armed Service Committee hearing in early December.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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