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POLITICS: Reports: Ridge, Armitage to step down

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posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 11:54 AM
Two more cabinet level officers have announced their intent to resign. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will step down from their positions. This brings the total now to eight out of 15 that have resigned since the November 2nd election.
WASHINGTON ( Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will step down, broadcast networks reported this morning.

Both CNN and MSNBC reported this morning that the two will step down, although a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told CNN he had no knowledge of any news that Ridge would leave. Ridge is vacationing in Hawaii.

The two apparent changes are the latest in a series over recent days, as Bush juggles his top administration positions in preparation for a second term.

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This is a major shakeup with now over 50 percent of the cabinet gone. Bush seems to have an ambitions agenda for the next 2 years and you have to wonder if the changes will hurt this. So far the replacement of Powell at State is predictable. However, the real issue is that of Donald Rumsfield. He has indicated that he would like to stay, but he is an unpopular figure on Capitol Hill and clearly has made many mistakes in Iraq both during reconstruction and the prison scandal.

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