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World Sends Leaders to World Economic Forum, Bush Sends Labor Secretar
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By Edith M. Lederer Associated Press Writer
Published: Jan 28, 2005

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave the keynote address. French President Jacques Chirac spoke by video link. The leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil all have prime speaking slots.
But the highest-ranking member of the Bush administration at the World Economic Forum is Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, just one of many panelists.

The absence of a Republican heavy-hitter has frustrated some participants trying to get new insight into U.S. policy over the next four years. And it's made former President Bill Clinton the American star at the annual gabfest, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Admittedly, the timing of this year's forum wasn't the best for the Bush administration. The five-day meeting of 2,500 top business executives, politicians and social leaders comes only a week after President Bush's inauguration.

Bush has a Cabinet with many new faces and he is preparing his State of the Union address. Forum officials had hoped Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would attend but she was just confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday.

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