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Condoleezza Rice: Alabama Election 'One of History's Most Significant'

Condoleezza Rice: Alabama Election 'One of History's Most Significant'
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 December 2017 04:26 PM

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was born in Birmingham, implored Alabama voters Monday to cast a ballot in the state's upcoming special election.

"This week's special election will be one of the most significant in Alabama's history," Rice said in a statement to AL.com on Monday. "As a native daughter, I remain – at heart – an Alabamian who loves our state and its devotion to faith, family, and country."

The leading candidates, Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, are neck-and-neck in the polls after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore. The latest poll from Fox News shows Jones with a double-digit lead in the heavily conservative state. Rice does not endorse or suggest Alabamians vote for either candidate.

"I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right," Rice continued. "These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance.

"It is imperative for Americans to remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics. I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent, and respectful of the values we hold dear.

"Please exercise your right to vote – a privilege won by the sacrifices of our ancestors.  Sustain the central ideals and values that make our country a beacon for freedom and justice for the sake of Alabama and for the good of the United States of America."

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Alabama native and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice implored Alabama voters Monday to cast a ballot in the state’s upcoming special election.
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