"WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert brushed aside resignation talk Tuesday, even as the Republicans' No. 2 House leader contradicted him in the page scandal. President Bush gave Hastert a vote of confidence as the party struggled to contain pre-election fallout.
Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said he wouldn't resign as speaker, the top official in Congress and second in the line of succession to the presidency, in the controversy over Rep. Mark Foley's salacious computer exchanges with former pages. Foley resigned last Friday.
"I'm not going to do that," Hastert said when asked by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh whether he would resign.
Hastert sought to blame Democrats for leaking sexually explicit computer instant messages between Foley and former pages from 2003."
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