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Bush hosts Congressional leaders, does not discuss Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush gathered with the new congressional leadership in a bipartisan White House reception Wednesday night but did not discuss his evolving Iraq strategy, Democratic and Republican leadership sources tell CNN.

"It was purely a social occasion, which is basically what [was] expected," Jim Manley, spokesman for incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, said.
When asked if Reid and Bush had any discussions about Iraq, Manley replied, "none whatsoever."

While Reid did not expect to discuss Iraq with the president at the reception, he "still hopes and expects to talk to the president before he makes his final decision next week," Manley said.
Aides to another Democratic leader and a Republican leader gave similar accounts of the evening.

-- CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash
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