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Obama taps bipartisan team for economic summit

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CHICAGO (AP) - Barack Obama has authorized former Republican
Rep. Jim Leach and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a
Democrat, to represent him among world leaders attending the global
economic summit in Washington this weekend.
The president-elect is not attending the gathering of
delegations from 20 nations and won't meet with foreign dignitaries
who do. He is deferring to President Bush and avoiding putting
himself in a situation where he might be seen as trying to
represent the United States before his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Obama's transition team said Leach, who endorsed Obama during
the campaign, and Albright will mainly be listeners on the
periphery of the meetings.
Albright was secretary of state during the Clinton
administration. Leach spent 30 years in Congress before being
defeated by a Democrat in 2006.
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