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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Bush on Blair: 'I'll miss' him

Bush, right, and Blair speak with reporters during a joint news conference in this Dec. 7, 2006 file photo.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush said Thursday he will "miss" outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and called him "a man who's kept his word."

"I'll miss Tony Blair," Bush told reporters after meeting with top Defense officials at the Pentagon. "He is a, he is a political figure who is capable of thinking over the horizon, he's a long term thinker. I have found him to be a man who's kept his word, which sometimes is rare in the political circles I run in.

"When Tony Blair tells you something, as we say in Texas, 'You can take it to the bank,'" Bush added.

Earlier in the day, Blair announced he would formally submit his resignation on June 27. Britain's powerful finance minister, Gordon Brown, is the favorite to succeed Blair as Labour leader and prime minister.

-- CNN's Alexander Mooney and KD Fabian
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