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Upcoming House Speaker Discusses Iraq, Working with Bush

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., set to become the first female Speaker of the House in January, discusses the recent election, possible changes in Iraq policy, Rumsfeld's resignation and working with President Bush.

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    Madam Speaker-to-be, if I may call you that, welcome.

    REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), Minority Leader: My pleasure to be with you, Margaret.


    Now, Donald Rumsfeld is gone, just as you this morning and many Democrats had urged. Do you take this as a sign that President Bush really does want a new direction in Iraq?


    I certainly hope so. Yesterday, the American people spoke very clearly that there's one place they want a new direction: It's in the conduct of the war in Iraq.

    The day before, the military press, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, all came out and said Donald Rumsfeld must go, their exact words. So thank heavens the president has heard the message and has acted upon it.


    Now, you spoke with him today. Did he mention to you that this was in the offing?


    No, he didn't tell me about the secretary or we didn't talk about Iraq. We talked about getting together tomorrow; perhaps we'll talk about it then. It certainly is Topic A for us.

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