March 1st, 2010
12:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Condoleezza Rice backs Whitman

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race.

(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.


Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • Meg Whitman
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Mel

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Alvin and the chipmunks

    It takes a dipstick to know a dipstick.

    March 1, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. david, CA

    the kiss of death by this wretch whose lies have led to the needless death of tens of thousands of human beings.

    March 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Simple Words

    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.,,

    March 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Kiss of death from another fascist from the Bush reign of terror.

    March 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Since when did Rice mobilize diverse groups and inspire people to work together, certainly not here in the U.S. or the Middle East.

    March 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. lilacluvr

    Finally, a decision from Condileeza Rice that I can agree with.

    March 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Miss Independence

    Condi is a smart woman...listen up CA

    March 1, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Pam from Iowa

    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??

    March 1, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    I really admire Condoleezza Rice.

    March 1, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Who cares what Condi thinks? She's a W Bush butt kisser. That's all I need to know.

    March 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Debbie

    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.

    No thanks!

    March 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. jcarolinaunc

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. MsDp

    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!!!

    March 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Todd

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. ran

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Oh please! I used to think that Rice had a brain of her own, now I see it's just another GOP transplant.

    March 1, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. j

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    March 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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