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Condoleezza Rice pulls out of Rutgers speech after protests

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RiceFormer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of delivering the commencement speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Saturday, following a months-long protest by students and faculty over her role in the Iraq war.

Rice was the face of foreign policy under President George W. Bush, a Republican, serving as national security advisor from 2001 to 2005, and later as secretary of state. She was a leading hawk in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

In her statement, Rice said her role in the festivities had become a "distraction".

"I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way," she said.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi's selection of Rice in February was met with protests by staff and students.

TVNL Comment:  How refreshing to know that this generation of students will not forgive or forget the crimes of the Bush years.  You rock, Rutgers!

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