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Bush Picks Danforth as U.N. Ambassador

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By AP/KWMU

Rome – Former Senator John Danforth of Missouri is President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The president announced the choice Friday in Rome.

The St. Louis Republican is well liked on both sides of the political aisle.

If confirmed by the Senate, Danforth would succeed the current ambassador, John Negroponte, Bush's choice to be ambassador to Iraq.

Since 2001, Danforth has been Bush's special envoy to war-torn Sudan. He served in the Senate for 18 years.

Bush made the announcement in a statement released while he was in Rome on a three-day European trip during which the U.N.'s role in post-occupation Iraq is a major topic.

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