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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two House lawmakers are urging President Bush to ignore pressure from European leaders in choosing a new supplier for a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract.
Reps. Todd Tiahrt, of Kansas, and Norm Dicks, of Washington, say they are responding to reports that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lobbied Bush on the deal.
The European leaders are pushing for the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. to win the contract over rival Boeing Co.
A White House spokesman confirms the leaders raised the issue, but says President Bush told them it's a Pentagon matter.
In a letter, Tiahrt and Dicks ask Bush to make sure the competition remains fair.
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