University of Oklahoma President David Boren, former U.S. Senator, will join former Senator Bob Dole in formally presenting Dr. Robert Gates to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing Tuesday morning.

Boren and Dole will make opening comments at the hearings, which begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in Room 216 of the Hart U.S. Senate Office Building.

Boren, a Democrat, and Dole, a Republican, will stress the bi-partisan nature of Gates’ public service during the 26 years that he served at the Central Intelligence Agency and at the National Security Council.

Dole previously served as Senate Republican Leader and as the party’s nominee for President. Boren was the longest serving Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and presided over the 1991 confirmation hearings of Dr. Gates to be the Director of the CIA.

Boren said, “Bob Gates has a bi-partisan non-ideological and realistic approach to meeting challenges. These are the qualities that are most needed at this time in the office of the Secretary of Defense.

“I hope that he will be quickly confirmed by the Senate and listened to by the President.”

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