Condoleezza Rice pulls out of Rutgers speech after protests

Condoleezza Rice waits out a rain delay during the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-AmBy Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former 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”.

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