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Ryan Statement on Rumsfeld Departure

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November 08, 2006 | Kate Matus ((202) 226-7326) | comments

JANESVILLE – Below is Congressman Paul Ryan’s statement regarding the President’s announcement today that U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be stepping down, and that the President will nominate Robert Gates to replace him. 

“The President’s decision to bring new leadership to the Defense Department is the right thing to do, and it’s a change that’s overdue. I have maintained that this decision should be the President’s to make and should not be politicized, especially with our troops fighting overseas. I thank Secretary Rumsfeld for his service to our nation, and my hope is that this paves the way for positive changes in our Iraq strategy that will help us prevail in this war that is so crucial to our security and the security of the Middle East,” Ryan said.

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