Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine
March 15th, 2014
08:20 PM ET
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Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.

Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.

As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.

“We are a party in the state of California that needs some rebuilding, but we are also a country, the United State of America, that needs some rebuilding,” said Rice.

Rice also will headline the National Republican Congressional Committee at its annual March dinner later this month.
Rice called on values of individual responsibility and limited government and described the creativity and technological innovation she sees as a product of a strong private sector in Silicon Valley.

However, Rice’s speech also was one of inclusion and of community support, especially when it comes to education and social mobility.

California is the home of about 2.5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Immigration has become a central political issue in the state. Republicans are facing more and more pressure to follow up on promises of immigration reform and Rice touched on its importance.

“We have to continue to be a place where people who want be a part of that dream can come and be welcomed within our laws, but also within our values,” Rice said.

Rice also commented on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and called on the audience to remember America’s own roots of revolution and rebellion.

“We have to continue to speak for those people who want the liberties that we have,” Rice said.

Rice echoed the words of President Ronald Reagan and called for “peace through strength.”

“We cannot sustain an active foreign policy without a strong military,” Rice told the audience.

“If we leave a vacuum, it will be filled by the likes of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, who’s tearing apart the Middle East, by the terrorists in Iraq and Syria where al Qaeda has been reborn,” Rice said. “By the likes of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin.”

“That is a world that will not be good for our interest or our values, and so America has to lead.”


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Rusty Krus

    This is just another Bush family hand puppet. G.W. Bush named an oil tanker after her for God's sake! Maybe the right wingnuts wouldn't love her if she comes out of the closet.

    March 16, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. VOTE in the Mid Terms!

    @just asking
    queue up the usual cast of leftist clowns in here with their stock insults and war on woman. i can already see the hate and frothing at the mouth of you lefties at the sight of this highly intelligent black conservative woman. democrats have nobody to match her and it really bothers you. we can tell.

    What do you know about intelligence? You can't even construct a meaningful sentence. Your statements are so full of holes that they aren't even worth taking apart and refuting. Keep up the good work, we lefties get a good chuckle at your expense.

    March 16, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. TNPatriot

    Not to worry Condi will never run for a federal elected position because she understands that her place with the GOP is that of 'puppet'. Her expertise is that of a researcher and lacks the understanding of how to use the information retrieved.

    March 16, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. yerkiddinright

    Why not just tell them that Ukraine has WMDs and that we need to attack now before an American city is a smoking crater? That was your "intelligence" assessment last time.

    March 16, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. anthny76

    "Ed
    Obama created an environment ripe for Russia's aggression. The writing was on the wall for some time and Putin pounced on his weakness."

    Yes, Bush "looked Putin in the eyes and saw his soul"... then Putin turned around and invaded Georgia...
    People like you who come on here and spew nonsense without knowing actual history are the problem.

    March 16, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Gwiz

    Heres a history lesson condoleeza rice was the mouthpiece for the invasion of 2 xovereign nations whos militaries ranked 60th and 75th among nations that collapsed inside of a month lied to the american people about nigerian yellow cake and helped spend this country into a 16 trillion dollar debt and because of a little known FACT that military spending can be put of for 7-10 years were still paying for fiscal years 04-05 military spending its not obama going on a spending spree it him paying the bills of the last guy making good on borrowed money and it will go on till 2021 thats when fiscal year 2012-2013 will be paid so when you talk history lets not forget the white guys ran up the bill left the black guy with the check then yell when he actually pays the bill

    March 16, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Gwiz

    Intelligent woman please my 8yr old ccousin is more intelligent the condi my chihuahua has more sense than her its not a war on women its a war on keeping stupid arrogant "puppets" out of the government she says we need smaller government where was she when the Bush war machine was paying 50 dollars for a gallon of gas to get to afghanistan between 1-4 billion being spent monthly a defecit of nearly 2 trillion dollars over 6 years balanced the budget then annihilated with not 1 but 2 wars oh yeah she helped so intelligence is something she dont have

    March 16, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Rice was the worse sec,of State ever,gop did'nt even like her & i even felt sorry for her,what was she & Bush able to do when Russia took over Gorgia?

    March 16, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Gwiz
    Heres a history lesson condoleeza rice was the mouthpiece for the invasion of 2 xovereign nations whos militaries ranked 60th and 75th among nations that collapsed inside of a month lied to the american people about nigerian yellow cake and helped spend this country into a 16 trillion dollar debt and because of a little known FACT that military spending can be put of for 7-10 years were still paying for fiscal years 04-05 military spending its not obama going on a spending spree it him paying the bills of the last guy making good on borrowed money and it will go on till 2021 thats when fiscal year 2012-2013 will be paid so when you talk history lets not forget the white guys ran up the bill left the black guy with the check then yell when he actually pays the bill

    March 16, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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    Thank you Gwiz for actually telling it like it is...even though we know the rwnj's are not going to find reason with it.

    March 16, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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