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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. 

And when you are working at this level on these kinds of critical issues -- and again, it's not unique to me -- but, you know, there are opportunities that you may have planned with your family, occasions to be with the family that you miss.

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. 

That's just not something that I would be available to do now, but I am looking forward to going to my son's rugby games.

You know, so there are just a lot of things out there on the personal level that I just would like to have a little bit more time to do.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) consider another Cabinet job? 

RIDGE: Well, everybody knows I love public service. I mean, I did it there for 22 years. 

But I just want to step back and pay a little more attention to some other personal matters.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, you have said frequently that you've accomplished a lot, but there's still more to be done. 

RIDGE: True. 

QUESTION: I know that there are important issues pending with regard to biometrics with U.S.-VISIT.

RIDGE: Right. 

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. 

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