President-elect George W. Bush on Friday named outgoing Missouri Senator John Ashcroft as his choice for attorney general in his new administration.
"He will enforce the law, and he will follow the truth," Bush said as he announced the appointment of the Republican senator at a press conference here.
"President Bush, you have my word that I will administer the Department of Justice with integrity ... and I will enforce the laws of the United States with integrity," Ashcroft said.
"Mr. President, I am grateful for this opportunity, this opportunity to serve you and the United States of America."
Ashcroft lost his senate seat in November 7 elections to Democrat Mel Carnahan, who died in a plane crash before the vote. Carnahan's widow Jean Carnahan, will fill the Missouri seat.
Ashcroft is Bush's fifth cabinet nominee. The president-elect has named Alcoa aluminum chief Paul O'Neill as treasury secretary; California lawyer Ann Veneman as agriculture secretary; Bush campaign manager Don Evans as commerce secretary; and Cuban immigrant Mel Martinez as housing and urban development secretary -- AUSTIN (AFP)
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