April 8th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Rice dismisses VP rumors


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/08/art.rice.ap.jpg caption=" Rice said Tuesday she's not interested in being McCain's running mate."](CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed rumors on Tuesday she is angling to be John McCain's running mate, telling reporters she plans to head back to Stanford University.

"I very much look forward to watching this campaign and voting as a voter," she said. "I have a lot of work to do and then I'll happily go back to Stanford."

Rice served as Provost at Stanford from 1993-1999, and remains a tenured professor there.

"Senator McCain is an extraordinary American," Rice also said of the presumptive Republican nominee. "A really outstanding leader and obviously a great patriot."

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    It's not like McCain will win anyways.... 😀

    April 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Chuck in Oregon

    Good move as far as I am concerned. She is too aligned with Bush and she truly does not want to be on a loosing team.

    April 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Joe

    Perhaps Clinton wants to bowl you for your tenured position.

    April 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Doug, Florida

    To bad for McBush. He can't win anyway.

    Go OBAMA 08

    April 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. norb

    Insead of going back to Sanford. Maybe she should get a job at a deuling piano bar.

    April 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    We don't care. Rice is "ONE OF THEM," It won't matter one way
    or another who HE chooses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The dumbest of Democrats will vote for MCCain and he knows
    it. It would like shooting yourself in the foot if you vote for Hillary
    or McCain, both liars and opportunists.

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. vince - phoenix

    NO... PLEASE, CONDI..... RUN...!

    That would make this SOOOOO much easier...

    1) you are an "unacceptable republican" to many in the part. (not MY words... It's what was said when COLIN POWEL considered...)

    2) you would link McCain to Bush, which would be like pennies from Heaven....

    Please, Condi.... RUN !!!

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. mike

    Please make her sign it in blood – I don't trust anything this woman says.

    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. ALBO

    I must say again:

    It is irrelevant what both McCain and Rice say today regarding the VP
    issue. This for the time being is only a TEST BALLOON launched to calibrate the potential voters reaction !!


    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. RealityKing

    Once again Condi is showing us how smart she really is...

    April 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Give us a break

    That is sad. She really needs to be the VP and then the first women president. Dare to dream America.

    April 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Lancaster John

    Thank you Condoleeza. It is comforting to know that the least effect National Security Advisor in in recent memory will NOT be in the running for VP. Lets hope that John McCain will pick a moderate who is younger, intelligent, and not a warmonger to be running mate. Please pick a candidate who will also be acceptable to Democrats because if Obama gets the Democratic nomination there will be a lot of Democrats looking to vote for McCain.

    April 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Dominique

    Good for her... She is not going to be used to destroy Barack's chances of winning. Many people of color would hate her for that. Rice is a very smart woman. She is going to also vote for OBAMA, same as Powell. why? Because he is brillant and has everything else this country needs.

    April 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Amy in Iowa

    Condoleeza and Hillary are like peas in a pod. The difference is that Hillary has more experience as a professional liar.

    April 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. elmerg

    McBush/Yoo 2008

    A pair of Johns who love torture!

    April 8, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Herman LA, CA

    Good choice I just hope you stick to it Condoleezza Rice don't get your self in Bush & McCain mess any longer leave with the dignity that you have and you will be most respected because all they are trying to do is use you against your brother Barack and to try and split the black vote.

    Obama 08!!!

    April 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Speaking as a resident who lives close to Stanford, please stay away, Condi. We really don't like you here.

    April 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. adam

    Stanford's probably hoping for a run to keep her away from campus.

    April 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. red state

    God, please don't get a vp offer, ill drop my support for Mccain that instant. He needs are far right evangelical leader who is also good with the economy and can win over more of the conservative base. He doesn't need Condi Rice... thats just more for the democrats to gripe over how similar he is to Bush.

    April 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Trey

    She is such a scapegoat, blame me for everything its all my fault and she has no self respect

    I hope you run and sign the death warrant for Republicans in 2008

    April 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Tom

    Speculation speculation speculation.

    Eveyone makes out every little move to be more than it is.

    If she attends a meeting with conservative leaders, she must be cozying up to them for the VP slot.

    If she announces her intention to go back to Stanford, she must be hiding something.

    Why doesn't anyone ever believe things are the way they seem? Not everyone has an alterior motive. McCain is the most straightforward candidate this country has seen in 50 years – the man isn't capable of an alterior motive.

    April 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Bob Stephens

    Thank goodness, that is all we need is two war mongers on the same ticket.......

    April 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Snap Falkenberg

    That's what McCain needs, a war criminal on the ticket. You betcha!

    April 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    I keep telling you people, McCains VP "choice" is going to be the Prince od Darkness himself Dick Cheney.

    April 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. HP Boston

    Yes and we were dismissing Rice, too many carbs!

    April 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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