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. Uncle Sam

    Sen. Obama is critical of Sen. McCain for not providing a specific date of departure from Iraq. This demonstrates a rudimentary lack of military knowledge on the part of the freshman senator. No one can responsibly give such a timeline nor should they. Gen. Petraeus has wisely stated that warfare, particularly involving terrorism, is not a matter of arithmetic but of calculus. While the majority of Americans are understandably frustrated with the cost of life and treasure, they also appreciate the challenges and consequences at stake.

    April 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    I still have no clue wher some of you people come up with some things, like....

    Romney would be good for the economy because he knows his stuff...


    Have you actuallu seen his governing economic record?

    I swear one night I fell asleep and woke up in this "April fools day" where up is down, left is right, and the truth is no more than an inconvenience. I keep clicking my heels three times and saying "there's no place like home", but I'm just stuck in this Wizard of Oz world.

    People please, for the love of all that is holly, have your heads checked?

    April 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Skipper

    She knows McCain can't win.

    April 8, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |

    What a bummer. We really could have used her to expose Lil McBush as the warmonger he is. Bomb, Bomb, Bomb...Bomb, Bomb Iran.

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. lightbulb

    America will be happy when you just go, anywhere, just out of site and out of mind. You're a failure, just like your boss.

    April 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Billy J Austin,TX

    Will this nightmare never end?!?!

    Incompetence, Insincerity, Incorrigible are just a few of the insults this administration has been heaping on our good country ever since they got in office. Please, tell me we won't see ANYONE from this gang of losers. (except for maybe Powell and the first economics advisor that had to quit over Bush's crooked tax cuts) f

    April 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. D.D.

    She would not be a helpmeet to Senator Mc Cain. We are ready for Bush and his team to exit and we do not wish anyone still remaining.
    The senator is struggling now being too close to the policies of the current President. Other than General Powell I think all the others are wished our best and our prayers and a hearty Good Bye.
    The Secretary can run with Jeb Bush in the future but not right now.

    April 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. GJ

    I'm for Obama ... but no offense Hillary and/or Obama couldn't hold candle to her.

    She has a depth of expereince even Hillary coudlnt make up... expect she has it for real. She is crazy smart and is straight spoke. Oh yeah BTW she happens to be a woman AND black!

    A McCain/Rice ticket would be game over for the Dems.

    April 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Smart woman, she is already part of the worst administration in US history.

    Her legacy would be a VP to a warmonger! You are better off being a professor at Standford.

    No McCain
    No to Bush's 3rd- term
    No to the Iraq war
    No to economic recession
    No more tax cuts for the rich

    April 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. GJ

    The only way to counter the thrid term arguement is to get Gore on the McCain ticket. ...

    April 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. norb

    Maybe Condi and Loe Lieberman can take their show on the road. " You say potato and I say patato" "You say tomato and I say tamato...........................

    April 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Rolf Asphaug

    Until she says "If nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve," it's all in play. But Rice would be a terrible VP candidate.

    April 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Ben

    Why does Condoleezza Rice get so much praise? From what I can tell, she was a weak national security adviser and a poor secretary of state. She might be an intelligent person, but she has demonstrated over and over again that she is a poor adminstrator.

    Can we end this VP talk before McCain actually considers her.

    April 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Run for your life Connie!! Go sit out and lay low for a while enjoy your pension and come back and do what Hillary looks like she may not be able to do!!! See you in 2016!!

    April 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. ben

    I put in a post at 1:30 it is still waiting moderation. Dark Vader put another one of his ridiculous coments at 2:10 and it is not waiting moderation> Just how do you run this blog thing? Do you only print the most bizzar and stupid things( sorry I said that, I know you do put in a lot of reasonable stuff) but you must have fovorites because they get in so many times.

    April 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |


    April 8, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. bladedancer

    She knows it's Obama's time. Even though she is part of the republican machine, she is no dummy.

    April 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. JAMES S.

    She is to smart to be on a ticket with Mccain, Maybe once the Demo's blow this election they are about to win, she will be the country savior in 4 years

    April 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. John Smith

    As a Catholic, I will continue to say the Rosary for anyone who votes for Hillary. Great nations such as the Roman Empire, fell because of lack of "morality, integrity, lies and so on." These types of moral issues are more important than "wealth." With all their wealth, the Clintons cannot fund their campaign?

    April 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Wow, can you imagine what Geraldine Ferraro would've said? She would've been so conflicted.

    April 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Joe G

    McCain needs to pick someone that will help him win Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Ohio. If he picks that nominee, he will win in November.

    April 8, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Chris

    Rice is one of those super intelligent people who seems to lack common sense. It would have been great to have someone like her put her smarts and talents to better use than serving in the Bush administration.

    April 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Mike - WA

    What a coup it would be for McCain. It would attract a certain percent of African-American voters who are anxious to see a minority elected. And it would attract a large percentage of Clinton voters who have proven that they will vote for any female in the race, regardless of ethics, integrity or qualifications.

    April 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. John


    April 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. EAM

    "McCain/Powell in '08"

    April 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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