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Rice statement on campus diversity

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The following is the text of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's statement concerning her role in shaping the Bush administration's legal response to a pair of U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging admissions policies at the University of Michigan:

Statement by National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice

"When the President decided to submit an amicus brief, he asked for my view on how diversity can be best achieved on university campuses.

"I offered my view, drawing on my experience in academia and as provost of a major university. I agree with the President's position, which emphasizes the need for diversity and recognizes the continued legacy of racial prejudice, and the need to fight it.

"The President challenged universities to develop ways to diversify their populations fully.

"I believe that while race neutral means are preferable, it is appropriate to use race as one factor among others in achieving a diverse student body."

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