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PANETTA’S STRATEGY

“I reached out to every living former secretary of defense - Democrat and Republican - and asked for their advice,” outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta told lawmakers during his Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense.

“To a person, they impressed upon me how important it was to stay focused on management of the Pentagon. This is the biggest enterprise in our government, and it requires focused, hands-on management, which is, frankly, the only way I know how to do business,” he said, noting that the nation had shifted from “Cold War” to “Blizzard War.”

Mr. Panetta later added, “I am very aware that we must be highly disciplined in how we spend the taxpayer’s precious resources. This committee well knows: The days of unlimited defense budgets are over. Our challenge will be to design budgets that eliminate wasteful and duplicative spending while protecting those core elements we need for our nation’s defense. I do not believe that we have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong national defense.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 65 percent of U.S. voters would support a political candidate with leadership skills and who shared their views even if the candidate had past “sexual indiscretions.”

64 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of conservatives, 66 percent of tea partyers, 71 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of liberals agree.

• 58 percent of voters overall say that if voters “focus” on a political candidate’s past indiscretions, it keeps “good leaders out of office.”

• 52 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of conservatives, 50 percent of tea partyers, 63 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of liberals agree.

• 36 percent overall say voters need to know about past relationships because they “reflect on a candidate’s character.”

• 41 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of conservatives, 44 percent of tea partyers, 33 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of liberals agree.

Source: A Fox News Poll of 912 registered voters conducted June 5 to 7.

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