Senator Hillary Clinton joined the voices of other Democratic presidential candidates in welcoming the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
She called on President George W. Bush to “clean up this mess and restore non-partisan accountability and competence to the Department of Justice.”
Republicans mostly supported the move as well. Mitt Romney said Gonzales should be “recognized” for his service, but that he “made the right decision to step aside.”
Rudy Giuliani said only: “Judge Gonzales served his nation honorably and I wish him well in the next phase of his career.”
John McCain’s statement read: “I have said for a long time that I thought the president would be best served if the attorney general resigned so I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, Democrat John Edwards rejected (ABC) one mentioned possibility to replace Gonzales – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “I don’t think we should take the person who’s responsible for Guantanamo and replace him with the person who [oversaw the government response] for the aftermath of Katrina,” he said.