April 8th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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Rice dismisses VP rumors

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 Rice said Tuesday she's not interested in being McCain's running mate.
Rice said Tuesday she's not interested in being McCain's running mate.

(CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed rumors on Tuesday she is angling to be John McCain's running mate, telling reporters she plans to head back to Stanford University.

"I very much look forward to watching this campaign and voting as a voter," she said. "I have a lot of work to do and then I'll happily go back to Stanford."

Rice served as Provost at Stanford from 1993-1999, and remains a tenured professor there.

"Senator McCain is an extraordinary American," Rice also said of the presumptive Republican nominee. "A really outstanding leader and obviously a great patriot."

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. voice that matters

    Rice is equal to the task.

    She is better than Mccain.

    Oh.. I for one will encourage mccain to choose a blk vp if Obama is the nominee. And Obama should choose a white female vp to counter attack mccain.

    It has to be mixed this time for the white house. Mccain will have a lot to gain if he chose a black vp and Obama will gain a little if he chose a white female vp.

    That case the race will be very tight again. But Obama will come out narrow win over Mccain come November.
    No Hillary she can't win at this point.

    April 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. McCain-in-4, Clarksburg, MD

    This could cynically be a trial balloon, or it could have been Dan Senor and others in the Bush Administration strong-arming John McCain with the all the grace & efficiency learned from Enron, Katrina, Financial & Housing Markets Collapse. It all depends on your point of view.

    If memory serves, Ms.Rice was the Richard Clarke's gatekeeper and kept him from DOING HIS JOB by stonewalling Mr Clark's many efforts to report alarming findings to the new President. That alone would tank John McCain's pursuit of the Presidency.

    April 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Name one thing, just one thing, that this wretched evil woman has done that was succesfull, and then compare her to Madeline Albreight.

    Have we forgoten that once upon a time, some of our cabinet positions actually yielded positive results, and it wasn't under these creatures we have right now.

    April 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Theresa

    MCcain/Rice 08 Good new!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Willam from Texas

    Thank goodness

    April 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Willy

    She'd be a great VP & President.

    April 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. marv. g

    please run condi, dems can definitely link mccain to bush politics if u run as veep. i don't believe mccain can beat obama anyway, but if he runs with condi, he can't beat hilary.

    April 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Awwww..... I was hoping to see a Charles Manson / Condi Rice option on the GOP ticket this November. Bummer....

    April 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Jan

    What a disaster that would be..McCaines best bet would be Romney,

    Romney is best for economy.

    April 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Pls. Sen. McSame choose her.

    Pls. link yourself to this current corrupt Adm. and his/her failed policies!

    Talk about tone deaf!

    GOBAMA

    April 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. JHR Arizona

    Thank God, she says nothing except what she is told to read. Puppets

    April 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. ED

    A Female Dick Cheney to partner with a Geoge Bush clone[Mccain]. We will be at war until there is no more America. Can you imagine these two war mongers hiding or not reading documents that were made available before an attack. It would be great to have an accomplice you could depend on to deceive the american people. GEORGE BUSH ADMIN SEQUEL.

    April 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Tom Van Spronsen

    Wow, so it is true, only Democrats watch CNN.

    April 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    She was crucial in deceiving Congress and the American people into believing all the hype about Iraq and WMDs, just she now repeats that shame with Iran, which consistently is cleared by the IAEA. She is a war criminal plain and simple with no business being considered for ANY post in our badly damaged government.

    April 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. SPQR753

    I would vote for :
    Obama for President,
    Condi for Vice President (after all, once she was a Democrat),
    Colin Powell as Secretary of Defense and
    Rev. Wright as White House pastor (a new Cabinet position).

    Anybody who does not like this team is a declared racist...

    April 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. NY Undecided

    This is probably best for McCain and the Republicans. Its hard enough that John McCain will have to carry the burdon of supporting an unpopular war. Rice would only add to that burdon, since she was instrumental in "cooking the intelligence" that got us intot he war in the first place. At least Powell had the integrity to resign his post as Sec. of State – apparently she has none.

    April 8, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Jim Mosier

    Reaching the pinnacle of mediocrity each day she wakes up and says "Oh wait, I am the Secretary of State, hee hee hee. Time to buy new shoes." Horror grips America. The surgical procedure of dumbing down of America is nearly complete. Let us eat cake... Stanford Alums collectively grit their teeth when her name is mentioned on television.

    April 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Lizzy

    The media is really making me sick during this campaign. The media has decided who "they" want to be the candidates, and then the news is totally slanted to try to make it happen. Does CNN (or any of the networks) think it makes them "cool" to so biasedly support "the first black" or better yet "the first black woman"? You might try using your brain instead of your ratings service to determine who the better candidates are. Better yet, you might try just reporting the news fairly and letting the people make their own decisions.

    Being a Notre Dame alum, I would really like to like Condoleezza Rice, but she hasn't exactly shown me anything to make me think she's got the ability to be the VP. I personally don't think she's been worth a darn as Secretary of State as she has been totally ineffective. And she's been a total sell-out, because if you research her past, she's not who you would expect to find on the Bush team in the first place. She sold her soul for a "title" when she joined up with this administration. I'll bet you big money if Obama is elected, she'll switch teams in a heartbeat.

    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Chris-Seattle

    I like the Stanford idea and she's right she does have a lot of work to do especially trying to use a bucket with GWB's face on it to put out the forest fire in the middle east. After her NSA tenure, the WMD debacle, Bush cronyism and her lack of personality I wouldn't trust her walking my dog!

    April 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Al

    Ms Rice knows that the NAACP and the NABJ would brand her a traitor to her people if she were to run and split Sen.Obama's African American vote in the General election. McCain will have great difficulty finding a principled African American to run as his VP.

    April 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Redd

    Darth Not-- one thing Condy did was successfully spell words
    and so far we have not seen that mushroom she was spouting
    out loud about...

    April 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. DJ in TX

    I have much respect for Dr Rice, but I disagree with her policies. I don't think the Bush administration allowed her to really use her talents. She seemed to just really push the Bush administrations agenda, basically rubber stamping it. Again, this is a remarkable woman, but I don't think she would really help Senator McCain. Although very qualified (to me more than Senator Clinton), she is too closely tied to President Bush and Senator McCain seems to be backing off the Bush theme somewhat.

    April 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Choice

    Give her a break

    April 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Rose Spense

    At first I supported Hillary, then when I started to listen to Obama and compare, there was no contest. First of all, Hillary tell too many lies and she is not even i the whitehouse yet. She also have a fake and not genuiene look about her.

    Rose fron NY.

    April 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Arlene Borg

    Unqualified. Won't be very welcomed back in the Stanford area!

    April 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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