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Transcript: Tom Ridge Announces His Resignation
So I can't go down that path very far with you. So I just have to...
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) why leave?
RIDGE: (inaudible) well, I think I can.
And basically, it just comes down to some things I had been postponing for years and years and years. I said I wanted to raise some personal and family matters to a slightly higher priority.
And it's not unique to me. I mean, anybody in public service -- and anybody, I don't care whether you're wearing a military uniformed or you're engaged in a nonmilitary way in public service at the state, local, federal level, the whole family puts the public-service uniform on.
I mean, when I was governor, I had a chance to have a little bit -- slightly -- manage my schedule a little bit differently. And I actually coached my daughter's softball team for several years.
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) consider another Cabinet job?
RIDGE: Well, everybody knows I love public service. I mean, I did it there for 22 years.
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, you have said frequently that you've accomplished a lot, but there's still more to be done.
QUESTION: I know that there are important issues pending with regard to biometrics with U.S.-VISIT.
QUESTION: You have problems still combining ICE and the CDE people; they're at each other's throats.
But I wondering if you can tell us what is your single biggest disappointment. What is the one thing that you thought would be easier and have you not been able to accomplish? What surprising disappointment you may have encountered?
RIDGE: First of all, I want to go back to a couple aspects of the question, if I might.