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Monday, January 29, 2007
Bush: Cheney sees glass 'half full'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush defended Vice President Dick Cheney's recent comments to CNN that there have been enormous successes in Iraq, characterizing the vice president as an optimist in an interview Monday with National Public Radio.

"I think that the vice president is a person reflecting the glass half full mentality," Bush said. "In other words, he's been able to look at -- as have I and I hope other Americans -- that the tyrant has been removed, 12 million voted, there's an Iraqi constitution in place that is a model and unique for the Middle East."

Bush also reiterated that he is prepared to respond to Iran if it steps up its actions in Iraq.

"If Iran escalates its military action in Iraq to the detriment of our troops and/or innocent Iraqis, we will respond firmly," Bush said.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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