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Bush, Senate leader praise Craig for making right decision

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BOISE, Idaho - President Bush says Idaho Senator Larry Craig made the right decision stepping down from office Saturday. White House spokesman Scott Stanzel says Bush called Craig moments after the senator made his resignation announcement in Boise.

Stanzel says Bush told Craig he understood the difficulty of the decision, but says it was right choice for his family, constituents and the U.S. Senate.

Other lawmakers echoed those sentiments. The Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, says resignation was the right choice. But McConnell says it's his hope that Craig will be remembered more for his three decades of dedicated public service than the events of this week.

McConnell was one of the most outspoken Republicans this week when news broke of Craig's arrest in June in a police sex sting operation. At one point, McConnell called Craig's case "unforgivable."

Fellow Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo says Craig has demonstrated his "courage and strength in making a tough decision.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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