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DeWine says Rumsfeld would not be "his choice"

Republican Ohio senator Mike DeWine Wednesday expressed concerns about the fitness of Donald Rumsfeld to be defense secretary. Last week, Republican congressman Pat Tiberi of Westerville declared he had questions about Rumsfeld. This comes as senate Democrats introduced a non-binding resolution suggesting President Bush fire the defense secretary.

The Democrats timed their maneuver as congress returned to session after its summer-break. It signalled that the fall would be about each side trying to score political points in what is the most-competitive election season in 12 years.

Two-term incumbent Mike DeWine of Ohio.is defending one of the Republicans most vulnerable senate seats. DeWine said, If I were president Rumsfeld would not be my choice for defense secretary. But DeWine said he couldn't support the democrats' resolution calling for his removal. Presidents are elected to be presidents and senators are elected to be senators. I'm not the president or the commander in chief, DeWine said.

Democrats are in the minority in the senate. But rules there give them more agility to force debate on resolutions,like the one to remove Rumsfeld.

Democrats have virtually no power in the house. And majority leader John Boehner of southwest Ohio said he wouldn't schedule a Rumsfeld referendum there.

Firing a political salvo of his own, Boehner called Congressional Democrats, "defeatocrats."