Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice alludes to possible, future presidential run
Speech at GOP convention forges separate identity for Rice apart from the Bush administration
There's little doubt that when the Republican Party begins to cast its net for potential presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be foremost in people's minds. Delivering a rousing speech at the GOP convention, Rice was able to forge a separate identity from her previous work with the George W. Bush administration.
Rice has been highly visible in the U.S. political arena in recent months. A Fox News poll showed that Rice was the No. 1 choice for the job of Vice President, with 30 percent of Republicans picking her, well ahead of Paul Ryan and even Senator Marco Rubio.
"And on a personal note: A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham - the most segregated big city in America," she said. "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."
As these speeches are scrupulously edited for their content, this is not intended to be a flip comment. While some pundits say that this yet another example of the Republicans attempting to play up the achievements of black and Hispanic members of the party, the speech appeared to take this to another level.
Rice has been highly visible in the U.S. political game in recent months. A Fox News poll showed that Rice was the No. 1 choice for the job of Vice President, with 30 percent of Republicans picking her, well ahead of Paul Ryan and even Senator Marco Rubio.
Some political analysts say Rice wasn't the obvious presidential choice this time around, due to her pro-abortion rights tendencies. There is also the question of whether she did - or didn't vote for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008.
Rice also served as a close adviser to George W. Bush, who remains unpopular with some Republicans. Rice was fundamental in the Bush administration's foreign policy, which many in the party find fault with.
All of this is in the past, and Rice appears to be eager to move forward and not rest on her laurels. If Rice wants to run in 2016 or 2020, abortion may not be as large an issue as it once was. Rice will only be in her low-to-mid-sixties age-wise, and Bush and Obama could be a relatively distant memory.
Rice's speech is the kind that keeps politicians in the national dialogue for years to come. While not on the same level as President Obama's 2004 Democratic convention keynote, it's along the same lines.
Many agree it will ultimately all be about whether Rice decides to run.
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