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Bush vows to push tax cut, GOP agenda

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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- George W. Bush vows to pursue his trillion-dollar tax cut and the GOP agenda despite narrowly winning the U.S. presidential election.

The president-elect told a news conference Sunday while appointing three senior White House staff members that he will stick to his pledge to cut $1.3 trillion in taxes over 10 years.

"I campaigned on a tax-relief package that I firmly believed then, and believe even more now, is important as an insurance policy against any economic downturn," Bush said.

Some critics have suggested Bush should seek compromise with Democratic lawmakers given the close election, in which he edged out Vice President Al Gore 271-267 in Electoral College votes. Gore finished ahead of Bush in the popular vote.

Bush also said Sunday he would work with Congr