Longshot Rice Would Lift Romney ‘s Foreign Expertise : NPR
One way Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could bolster his foreign policy standing is by choosing an expert as his running mate. One name that’s been circulating in the rumor mill is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Rice, who served under George W. Bush both as secretary of state and as national security adviser, says she’s not interested in the job. Still, she created a lot of buzz in June when she spoke to Romney donors in Utah.
An Exceptional Career
In her speeches, Rice often talks about America as an exceptional country, telling the story of ” a little girl from Birmingham, Ala., the most segregated big city in America, where her parents can’t take her to a restaurant or to a movie theater, but they have her absolutely convinced that she may not be able to have a hamburger at Woolworth’s but she could be president of the United States if she wanted to be. And she becomes the secretary of state instead.”
That little girl also grew up to play piano, and has even performed with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Rice is a Stanford professor with a background in Soviet studies. She’s also a football fan and once said her dream job is to be NFL commissioner.