(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race, announcing Monday she is backing former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's bid for the GOP nomination.
"California is my home and there is only one person running for Governor who can lead the way toward rebuilding our state," Rice said in a statement provided by the Whitman campaign. "In my experiences in and out of government, I find the most effective leaders to be those who maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges.
Rice, the former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Bush, is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University.
Whitman is battling state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner for the Republican party's nomination. A poll conducted late last month showed the former eBay chief with a 17-point over Poizner with nearly 4 in 10 Republican primary voters undecided. The primary is set for June 8.
This may be the worst thing that Whitmans campaign could've done. Californians don't respect or tust Condi Rice. Her name is permanently sullied by her time in the Bush Administration as a yes ma'am.
It takes a dipstick to know a dipstick.
the kiss of death by this wretch whose lies have led to the needless death of tens of thousands of human beings.
What is it about republicans? I was recently in GA, and saw two anti Obama bumper stickers that included, "bend over." After hearing Rush and Boortz talk non stop about bending over, I think there are a lot of republicans who need to just come out of the closet.
I cannot help but wonder who Ms. Rice is referring to when she talks about "effective leaders who maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges."
On the other hand, often a bad example is the most instructive.,,
Kiss of death from another fascist from the Bush reign of terror.
Since when did Rice mobilize diverse groups and inspire people to work together, certainly not here in the U.S. or the Middle East.
Finally, a decision from Condileeza Rice that I can agree with.
Condi is a smart woman...listen up CA
Lets see...she said that in her experience, the people who were most successful were those who "...maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges."
I take it she learned what its like to not work in that atmosphere, based on her resume? Condi Rice was a disaster, and Meg Whitman would be well-advised to keep her at arm's length. After all, in the lilly-white, Tea-Party dominated GOP of today, she's about as welcome as Palin at a Mensa conference.
So, how was she able to remain so long in the Bush administration if she feels the most effective leaders to be those who maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges??
I really admire Condoleezza Rice.
What a wonderful job Condoleezza Rice did for us as Secretary of State–and she even plays Brahms!
I had always hoped that either she or Colin Powell would become the first African-American president.
Is there a way we can get the right wingnuts to find out what a socialist is? George W. Bush created two huge socialist programs, (the unfunded drug program and the bank bailout), attacked our rights in the constitution with his wiretapping, and violated the international rules on torture. Yet, the lint balls on the right keep calling President Obama a socialist.
Who cares what Condi thinks? She's a W Bush butt kisser. That's all I need to know.
What's the deal with these failed CEO's thinking they can govern? California is in bad shape enough as it is and it does not need a proven failed leader as it's governor.
From CA and this would just be another reason WHY Whitman is a giant NO!
Whitman is Dick Cheney in a skirt. Evil, conniving, could care less about the people of California.
Condi was just the girl friday for Bush/Cheney.
Someone is posting about dems bankrupting America. The republicans drove us to the edge of a great depression. President Obama has now provided us with two consecutive quarters of growth, indicating the republican mess may be over.
Think back in history to FDR and remember, if things were left to republicans, the people in the southern states and the southwest would not have electricity, as it would have been a waste of tax dollars.
I have always admired Condoleezza Rice and appreciate her service to our country. If she things Whitman is the one, I'll go along with her.
CA, please don't be fooled !!!! You know this nitwit, rice is not credible. Please do not listen to Condi Rice. She can not see the forest for looking at the trees. Her logic is just like G.W. LOGIC DOES NOT EXIST!!!
She has almost as much credibility as cheney.,..........
you could actually see foreign heads of state rolling their eyes in disbelief when she would speak. She is right along her former boss in the bottom of the historical heap in both her positions in the bush syndicate.
I thought she was in jail already. If not then she should be for all she did to bring this country down with her incompetence.
Oh please! I used to think that Rice had a brain of her own, now I see it's just another GOP transplant.
Meg Whitman is busy BUYING her way into the California governorship. Well this is one vote she won't get. Rice was a horrible Secretary of State and her opinion is worthless.
WOW! We had'nt heard from Condoleeza in ages! I liked her style while she served under The Shrub. Good to see she's still stateside.