Condi Rice for President? After Convention Speech, It’s a Possibility
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention last night that was so powerful, it’s got people talking about a run for President in 2016 or 2020.
“The next time Republicans are searching for a presidential candidate, rest assured: Condoleezza Rice will be a part of that conversation,” reads the opening line of a Washington Post story that posted today. Rice’s speech included foreign policy talk, references to her biography and how it was touched by Jim Crow, attacks on President Obama’s record and, finally, a line that made some think she could be considering a return to politics.
“And on a personal note: A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America. Her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant, but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be President of the United States. And she becomes the Secretary of State,” she said. You can read her whole speech here.
The article goes on to note that despite her work with the George W. Bush administration, Rice is a popular figure. (She also recently became one of the first women to be granted membership to the notoriously all-male Augusta National Golf Club.)
For her part, Rice has said that she wants to stay out of politics. She’s living in Palo Alto, C.A. and working at Stanford University.
After her speech, Rice told CNN’s Piers Morgan,”I do think Mitt Romney is speaking to black voters, speaking to women voters who hold many of the same concerns, but it has to be some receptivity on the other side, too.” A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal research showed Romney gets zero percent of the black vote, which is hilarious.