Partisan civility as Kerry fetes Condoleezza Rice

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Updated: 6/18/2014 1:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare display of bipartisan civility, Democrats and Republicans have come together to honor former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

At a luncheon ceremony Wednesday to unveil Rice's official State Department portrait, Secretary of State John Kerry lamented that partisanship in Washington has become, in his words, "toxic." But he quickly added that the practice of diplomacy is bipartisan and that all secretaries of state are committed to projecting American power, values and leadership abroad. Kerry said the State Department is one of the few places in the capital where "bipartisanship can work."

Rice noted that, quote, "these are very difficult times." But she also pointed to continuity in foreign policy priorities across administrations of both political parties and said "today's headlines and history's judgment are rarely the same."

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