Statement from Gov. Perry on Nomination of Gates as Secretary of Defense
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Bush's decision to nominate Texas A&M President Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
"As a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Robert Gates is uniquely qualified for this new challenge. Like tens of thousands of Aggies before him, Gates has answered the call to serve his country. We wish him well as he undertakes the enormous challenge overseeing the U.S. Armed Forces and the War on Terrorism, and we thank him for his service to Texas A&M University."