to Gonzales Exit
It took longer than the Democrats, but the GOP candidates for president have begun reacting to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Gonzales should be recognized for "many years of
public service to the State of Texas and to the people of the United
States" but added that it was time to go.
"I believe the Attorney General made the right decision to step aside," Romney said in a statement. "The resignation is an opportunity for President Bush to renew the nation's commitment to the law enforcement officers and personnel who are dedicated to enforcing the rule of law and protecting the American people from the threat of terrorism around the globe."
Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani was more succint: "Judge Gonzales served his nation honorably and I wish him well in the next phase of his career."
There was no immediate statement from Arizona Sen. John McCain or former sen. Fred Thompson, who is expected to join the race in the next week.
--Michael D. Shear
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