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Some In GOP: Give Cheney's Job To Rice
April 23, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Some Republicans reportedly are urging U.S. President George Bush to replace Vice President Dick Cheney with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The Sunday Times of London says the Rice supporters believe that Bush must sacrifice either Cheney or Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in order to convince voters that Bush is ready for a fresh start.

"There are going to have to be sweeping personnel changes if people are going to take a second look at the Bush presidency," said Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard magazine and author of the Bush biography "Rebel in Chief."

"It's unlike Bush to dump somebody whom he likes and respects," he told The Sunday Times. "But the president needs to do something shocking and dramatic such as putting in Condoleezza Rice."

Republicans fear that the change's in Bush's White House staff last week did little to forestall the threat of losing control of Congress in the November mid-term elections.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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