May 10, 2007
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President Bush made a personal appeal to a small group of wavering Republicans Tuesday at the White House as Democrats ready a two-step spending package to fund the war.
Bush reached out to moderate Republicans to hear their frustrations over the war effort to this point and express his own concerns about legislation House Democrats are expected to bring to the floor on Thursday, members present said.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined the president for the White House meeting with at least 11 rank-and-file Republicans in the House, as well as Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).
“He was very open to our comments,” Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) said about the briefing. “We appreciated that very much.”
The conversation was less about the package expected on the floor Thursday and more about the path forward after September, when Army Gen. David Petraeus reports back on the effectiveness of a troop surge in Baghdad. “It was about September,” said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).