Burr Applauds Senate Confirmation of Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense

December 6, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC --- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding Dr. Robert Gates' confirmation to be U.S. Secretary of Defense:

"I applaud my Senate colleagues for confirming Dr. Gates quickly. It is important we fill this critical position.

Dr. Gates is well-qualified and has had a distinguished career. He is well respected in the intelligence community and has demonstrated a strong commitment to pubic service.

Dr. Gates will bring a fresh perspective to our strategy in Iraq. I am confident Dr. Gates understands the need for a free and stable Iraq and that he will work tirelessly toward success there."

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