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Condoleezza Rice endorses Mitt Romney
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The Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney (L) former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice


Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee at a fundraiser in California Wednesday night, saying he understands the nation's special place in the world.


Rice, 57, spoke at an event the former Massachusetts governor attended in Hillsborough, California, near where she teaches at Stanford University. Romney clinched the nomination two days ago, winning the party primary in Texas.


"If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism," Rice told about 300 donors. "The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all."


Rice is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney because the former Bush administration official would boost his foreign policy credentials, help secure women's votes and potentially draw black voters who have been loyal to President Barack Obama.




Respondents of a CNN/ORC poll in April picked her as the top preference for Romney's running mate, although she is said to be not interested in the job. Raw Story


Rice is extremely popular with the electorate and has been asked on many public occasions if she would accept the second spot on the Republican ticket in November of 2012.  She has repeatedly said that she is not a politician and would have absolutely no interest in running for vice president regardless of who would ultimately be the nominee on the GOP's side.


Rice's endorsement follows a list of earlier high-profile political endorsements which have recently included former Republican President George W. Bush and his brother Jeb Bush who is the former two-term Florida governor.


Earlier on Wednesday during an online chat with constituents, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley -- herself a potential vice president candidate -- said Rice was among her top recommendations for a Romney running mate. AFP


Rice, the first black woman to become secretary of state, was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She served as Stanford's provost from 1993 to 1999. She was secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, during George W. Bush's second term, and was national security adviser in his first term.




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