September 8th, 2008
11:13 AM ET
10 years ago

Rice weighs in on Palin pick


Watch: Condoleezza Rice weighs in on McCain's pick of Sarah Palin.

(CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave CNN praise for prospective Republican vice president Sarah Palin’s qualifications this weekend.

“She’s governor of a state here in the United States,” Rice told CNN’s Zain Verjee. Asked whether Palin’s experience had adequately prepared her for the foreign policy challenges she’d face as president, she added that “there are different kinds of experiences in life that help one to deal with matters of foreign policy.”

Last month, Rice offered unqualified praise of opponent Joe Biden’s diplomatic credentials. “Biden is obviously a very fine statesman.”

The contrast fuels questions that have hung over Rice’s political loyalties this cycle, as she maintained silence over her presidential pick.

Two months ago, she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she had made a decision on which candidate would get her vote this fall – but that she wasn’t prepared to share who that might be.

Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. SPQR753

    WOW!! I never thought possible for any Secretary of State, let alone Condy Rice to know geography so well.... I always thought Alaska was somewhere between India and Pakistan!!!!

    September 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Mary

    Wow...another shocking headline...Rice supports Palin....can we get some real news please!

    September 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. DJ in TX

    Dr Rice seems to understand that this race is between Sen Obama and Sen McCain, not Gov Palin. People are getting hyped about Gov Palin, but seem to forget, she WON'T be making any policy, Sen McCain would be. Conservatives seem to be forgetting that. Gov Palin is very conservative, but is McCain? He's stated he doesn't work for a "party". He's going to "reach out his hand" (I noticed not too much applause on those statements). And now he states he's going to put Democrats on his cabinet (as Obama has stated that he would put Republicans in his).

    I'll also ask this question – what, as the VP, could Gov Palin ACTUALLY do to "shake up" Washington? The VP presides over the Senate (is the deciding vote in a tie) and pushes the policies of the President. So, again, what can she do?

    Put Gov Palin in VP Cheney's spot right now – he's in the Republic of Georgia. What could she add at this point. If she was to be deployed to meet with Putin and Medvedev, what could she add at this point.

    While I agree she's a great conservative, but there are still many lingering questions to be answered. They won't be able to shield her for too long. And they'll not be able to blame the media either.

    September 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Scott

    Why are they asking Condi? She has proven that she knows nothing about foreign policy.

    September 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Dan

    Wait, is there really anyone who thinks she'll vote for Obama?!? Not that it matters either way, but I don't see any big mystery here.

    I have great respect for Condoleeza Rice. She's an immensely talented woman. It's a shame she chooses to use her powers for evil rather than good.

    September 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Sellout

    Rice has been in the "white house" too long to even connect with those of us out in the field. What good are her comments? She gave up on supporting the right side of history years ago.

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Steve

    I don't see much "praise" there.

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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