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Feb 20, 2010 10:12 AM

Alexander Haig dies at 85

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who served Republican presidents and ran for the office himself, has died.

The Haig family says he died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital
in Baltimore from complications associated with an infection. He
was 85.

      Haig's long and decorated military service launched the Washington career for which he became better known. But he never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt
on President Ronald Reagan.

      Hours after the shooting, then-Secretary of State Haig went
before the cameras intending, he said later, to reassure Americans
that the White House was functioning.

      "As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending
the return of the vice president," Haig said.

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