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12.05.06

Texan Faces Senators for Confirmation

President Bush's choice for a new defense secretary is telling a Senate panel the Iraq war will be his "highest priority.''

Robert Gates say he's "under no illusions'' about why he's in line for the job.
  

One senator calls Gates' views a ''refreshing breath of reality.''

Gates told lawmakers that developments in Iraq over the next year or two will greatly shape events to come in the mideast
and elsewhere.  
   

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Today Gates won speedy and unanimous approval from the Senate Armed Services Committee after five hours of testimony, a bipartisan show of support that suggested how eager many lawmakers are to replace Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. The full Senate could seal Gates' confirmation as early as Wednesday.

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