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Transcript: Bush Nominates Rice Secretary of State

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004; 3:34 PM

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NOVEMBER 16, 2004

SPEAKERS: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE

BUSH: Please be seated.

Good afternoon.

I'm pleased to announce my nomination of Dr. Condoleezza Rice to be America's secretary of state. Condi Rice is already known to all Americans and to much of the world. During the last four years I've relied on her counsel, benefited from her great experience, and appreciated her sound and steady judgment. And now I'm honored that she has agreed to serve in my Cabinet.

The secretary of state is America's face to the world, and in Dr. Rice the world will see the strength, the grace and the decency of our country.

Both Condi and I have been proud to serve with our friend Secretary of State Colin Powell. He has been one of the most effective and admired diplomats in America's history.

Secretary Powell has helped to rally the world in a global war. He's helped to revolve dangerous regional conflicts. He's helped to confront the desperate challenges of hunger, poverty and disease. He has been tireless and selfless and principled, and our entire nation is grateful for his lifetime of service.

I'm also grateful that Steve Hadley has agreed to become my new national security adviser. Steve served Presidents Nixon, Ford and Bush before me, and he has done a superb job as Dr. Rice's deputy during these past four years.

BUSH: Steve is a man of wisdom and good judgment. He has earned my trust. And I look forward to his continued vital service on my national security team.

When confirmed by the Senate, Condoleezza Rice will take office at a critical time for our country. We're a nation at war. We're leading a large coalition against a determined enemy. We're putting in place new structures and institutions to confront outlaw regimes, to oppose proliferation of dangerous weapons and materials, and to break up terror networks.


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