[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/07/condi.mccain/art.mccainrice.gi.jpg caption=" A leading GOP strategist says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may want to run with Sen. John McCain."]
(CNN) — John McCain said Sunday night he hasn't personally seen signals Condoleezza Rice is interested in running as vice president, following a report the Secretary of State is angling for the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket.
"I missed those signals," McCain told reporters on his campaign plane. "I think she’s a great American, I think there’s very little that I can say that isn’t anything but the utmost praise for a great American citizen, who served as a role model to so many millions of people in this country and around the world."
The Arizona senator's comments come after Dan Senor, a leading Republican strategist, suggested on ABC Sunday that Rice is mounting a behind-the-scenes campaign to be McCain's running mate.
"Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this," Senor, a former Bush administration official said. Senor cited Rice's recent appearance at the weekly meeting of Americans for Tax Reform — a leading organization of Republican insiders led by Grover Norquist — as evidence she is attempting to cozy up to the conservative elite.