Quotes: Reaction to CIA Announcement

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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Monday, May 8, 2006; 1:20 PM

-- Statements in response to President Bush's nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

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"Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up. He has been both a provider and a consumer of intelligence. He's overseen the development of both human and technological intelligence. He has demonstrated an ability to adapt our intelligence services to the new challenges in the war on terror. He's the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history." _ President Bush.

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"In the confirmation process, I look forward to meeting with the leaders of the Congress, better understanding their concerns and working with them to move the American intelligence community forward. This is simply too important not to get absolutely right." _ Gen. Michael Hayden.

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"I believe that the president has selected the best person, civilian or military, to lead the CIA during this critical period ... I simply cannot imagine anyone better, today and into the future." _ John Negroponte, national intelligence director.

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"Gen. Hayden is a very qualified nominee with a long history of service to his country. He's run one of the most important programs in the war on terror, a key effort to try and make America safer. I look forward to his prompt confirmation by the Senate." _ Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

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"I'm very troubled by the nomination because he is one of the main supporters representing Donald Rumsfeld, who helped to put in place the programs of spying on Americans and has been one of the biggest defenders of it." _ Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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