Bush calls world leaders about economy

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President Bush on Tuesday morning called the British, French and Italian heads of state to discuss the increasingly tenuous state of the global economy, which is being dragged down by the U.S. economic crisis.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said that Mr. Bush discussed with the leaders “the various measures that the U.S. is taking to bring stability to world markets.”

“It is critical that everybody gets on the same page,” she said, though she did not say whether they had talked about coordinating interest rate cuts.

Mr. Bush will speak this afternoon on the economic rescue plan passed by Congress last week, and will address “the understandable anxiety created over the last several weeks,” Mrs. Perino said.

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