U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates (R) is ushered from a photo opportunity by outgoing Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (L)(R-TN) and Senate Republican leader-elect Mitch McConnell ... more 
U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates (R) is ushered from a photo opportunity by outgoing Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (L)(R-TN) and Senate Republican leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-KY)(not pictured) on Capitol Hill in Washington November 17, 2006. Gates is expected to begin Senate confirmation hearings on his appointment to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense in early December. REUTERS/Jason Reed less 
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