Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice was born on November 14, 1954. In 1974, at age 19, she graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in political science and got her masters in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. After working in the State Department during the Carter Administration, she went back to the University of Denver and earned her PhD in political science in 1981. In 1981, Rice became an assistant professor of political science at Stanford, rising through the ranks to become an associate professor in 1987. In 1993, she was given tenure as a full Professor and was appointed Provost, Stanford s chief budget and academic officer. She served in this position until she accepted the position of National Security Advisor under President George W. Bush. Rice was active in politics and foreign policy while pursuing her academic career. In 1982, in response to her dissatisfaction with Carter s foreign policy, Rice registered as a Republican. Even though she was registered as a Republican, she served as foreign policy advisor to Gary Hart during his 1984 presidential campaign. In 1985, she attracted the attention of Brent Scowcroft, who asked her to become his Soviet expert on the National Security Council in 1989 when he took the job of National Security Advisor under President George H.W. Bush. It was a natural fit that Rice was asked to become President George W. Bush s National Security Advisor in 2000. She was an instrumental part of the team that crafted the U.S. response to 9/11 and set up the Homeland Security department. She was also an intermediary between the White House and the CIA on many issues, including the waterboarding of alleged terrorist prisoners. She has claimed that she did not personally condone torture techniques, but was merely the messenger that gave the CIA the White House s approval, subject to clearance from the Justice Department. There is doubt about that stance, but no definitive proof otherwise. After the 2004 elections, it was announced that Secretary of State Colin Powell had decided to step down and that Rice was being appointed to take his place. This made her the first African-American female to serve in the position. As Secretary, Rice was committed to the expansion of democracy as part of her policy of Transformational Diplomacy, particularly in the Middle East. In her mind, the oppressive conditions there were a root cause of the 9/11 attacks and widespread democratic rule would help to prevent such attacks in the future. This policy met with criticism and derision from other nations, who accused the U.S. of arrogance in foreign policy. Relations with many foreign states became strained during this time. As the race for President George W. Bush s successor heated up in 2008, there was speculation that Rice might be tapped for the Republican VP nomination, despite the strong ties between her and Bush. Rice herself played down any speculation about her interest in the role, saying that she has never seen herself running for elected office in the U.S. She returned to Stanford as a professor of political science in March of 2009. Whether she will give in to the lure of a 2012 presidential run remains to be seen, but her record of public service shows her willingness to step in and serve when the public needs her.

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dave richardson December 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

dear Condi myself and several of my friends both repub.and dems would vote for you in a heart beat.You have done outstanding service for our country and we need your commitment to the country and the whole country that we know you would provide.

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Joseph Kent April 6, 2012 at 2:46 am

Another old white guy and vet who would readily vote for Ms Rice. International diplomatic and US government executive experience, untainted by membership in a corrupt congress, is very rare.
Wish she had been our first African American President.
Maybe 2016. Hope so

Joseph Kent

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Vicki March 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

Dr. Rice. You are the one who will help win this election over Hilary Clinton. Please do not let this woman at the helm of the United States of America! You are a woman of strong moral character and of strong faith. You are what we need for this country & to encourage women and as a model to the black community. For such a time as this! Thank you!

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Nancy January 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

Donald Trump…You say you have a love for this country so Please use your time, money and influence to “recruit” and convince Dr Condelezza Rice to run for President. We, our country, needs her intellegience and poise. This is how YOU can Help bring our country back. Our integrity has been lost since 2008 (actually, January 20, 2009). Dr Rice would bring it back!!!!!

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Brandi May 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Donald Trump should pay attention to this hoping it would help him recruit her out there ! I so would vote for both of them vs. any of the loons out there today running :)

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Sam Lyle January 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I’ve bet a pizza and a beer that Dr. Rice would run and win in 2012. It’s looking a lot like I’m going to loose. The candidates are goofy slobs compared to Dr. Rice. I remember when she was appointed to Secretary of State, she cried out of appreciation. When do you see that anymore?

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Richard Keefner January 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

From what I’ve seen and read she is the most intelligent and has the most leadership qualities of anyone out there. She appears to have a grasp on the important issues of this time in our history.
Ms Rice: If you see this; now is the time and you are the person.

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Paul @ Texas December 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

In was the wish of my wife and I that Condoleezza Rive run for president back in 2008.
There would be no hesitation on our part if she ran in 2012. This country needs her intelligence, experience, poise and sincerity.
Condoleezza would receive our votes.

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Nathaniel J Mitchell December 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Dear Dr. Rice,
I am not affiliated with any political party. I have always voted for the candidate that I felt would would preserve the future of this still GREAT COUNTRY, the UNITED SATES OF AMERICA. NOT since Regan & Clinton have I felt that this country needs a President that can bring the parties together together to put this country back on track. I knew that when you became Secretary Of State that, all along you were destined for an even bigger role. I feel that if you LOVE this country as much as I do and You believe as I do that god puts us all here for a reason. I am here to motivate, I believe you….. are here to lead. You have a gift……..Madam President Elect!

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Brandon December 9, 2011 at 12:34 am

Dr. Rice I am inspired by your personality and spirit! I, too, come from a marvelous Black family who would rather perish than take handouts and sad looks. Please join the fight and indeed, lead the fight, to restore this once great — and could be great again– nation from the looming 3rd world mess it is about to become! Please help us!

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Ray Bachlor November 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I would never vote for Dr. Rice because she would be the first black woman to be President and I would not vote for her to be Vice President. But when I look at the present group of Republican Presidential candidates, some who did not know that China has nuclear weapons, some that do not know where Libya is, most have never had the experience of working with the National Security Council, the State Department, or in the field of education that is so important to this country at this time, and few are well known or respected by world leaders, I become nausiated. Is this the best we can do to represent our great country? What must the world think when they look at these inexperienced clowns?
The country needs a Dr. Rice–not as a VP to wet nurse a bungling, inexperienced President–but as a strong, knowledgeable leader with experience who is well known and respected by world leaders.
The problem may be that voters always want a “virgin” –a person with no experience, no knowledge , and no known baggage, to lead them, and that is how we have gotten to where we are today.
The country needs Condoleezza Rice–it is unfortunate that we cannot field a better group of candidates.

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Debra November 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Dr. Rice, please step up to answer the call. The only weak area you have is too much humility. Please don’t let that stand in the way of saving this country! Every one of the current GOP candidates are no more than “better than nobody” type candidates and we all know where that got us in 2008!

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Erico November 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

She is prefect for a great president.

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Debbie Willard November 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Here is your Slogan …

RICE WOULD BE NICE IN 2012!!!!!

Your country despertly needs you. You are the only logical choice we have. Please consider running for President.

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Debbie Many December 20, 2011 at 4:55 am

I totally agree, Ms. Rice…..your country, my country, our country NEEDS you!

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J C November 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Condi is America’s best candidate for President.

It would nice to have a President who was drafted by the people; someone known for their brilliance and integrity; someone who will do the right thing regardless of political affiliation; someone all of our people could admire and trust.

There are a lot of nice people in both political parties. But in 2112 we need the very best Presidential candidate we can get. We the people would rally behind Condi!

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Debbie November 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Condolezzeea Rice for President 2012!!!

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Sharon Skeens November 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Yes, oh please run for President in 2016! You are our best hope for sanity to return to this Nation. You’ll have both mine and Larry’s votes!

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Debbie November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Condolezzeea PLEEEEESE run for President. Your country needs you.

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Anonymous November 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I have never posted anything on the internet but i think condi would be perfect as president she is a great talker and a genius, the US needs her, the whole world needs her.

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Scarlett Mitchell November 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

Please consider running for President.Condoleeza, we need you. FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT 2012.

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Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Please run

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john November 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Please Dr. Rice run for President America and the world needs you ! It’s your destiny…. you are a natural born leader !

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Leslie October 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I wish Ms. Rice would consider running for president not only is she highly qualified she would be the first female, african american female to be president. I loved the way she presented herself under President Bush’s administration and I found out she had tremendous amounts of expereince in foreign relations such as Russian studies and South American issues and I am sure many other issues to which I am unaware of, but I always had a feeling she is the most intelligent individual to represent this country other than Ronald Reagan. Please convnice this brilliant minded person to consider! As far as intelligence she is probably more intellegent than Ronald Reagan. I must compliment Ronald Reagan because he understood how to speak to people! I think Ms. Rice posesses the ability of intelect and how to speak to people as well. She presents as an individual that I would pay high respects towards!

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Kat September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Dear Dr. Rice: You are experienced, intelligent and conduct yourself with poise and grace. Your country so badly needs your wisdom and experience. Please.

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eqcmww September 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

Dr. Rice We need you now!!!!!!

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Ramius August 13, 2011 at 1:47 am

Dr Rice is more qualified to run for President than any other candidate out there….but for ONE exception….Which of course calls for a plan B…..Should Dr Rice except a VP ticket …..That my friends would have a dominoe effect heard around the world….Hence….Let your voices be heard………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Jeffrey Ulreich August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Does anyone now how to get in touch with Condi to beg her to run? The candidates today are pathetic. Condi is the most qualified person in America to be president. How can we get her to run?

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YK July 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

Perfect candidate – I would vote for Ms. Rice.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm

PLEASE Condoleezza Rice for president 2012

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BaltOriolesFan1954 May 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

If shelby is corrct pls condi run for president – read his column in the wall street journal.

Partial text from column:

The problem Mr. Obama poses for Republicans is that there has always been a disconnect between his actual performance and his appeal. If Hurricane Katrina irretrievably stained George W. Bush, the BP oil spill left no lasting mark on this president. Mr. Obama’s utter confusion in the face of the “Arab spring” has nudged his job-approval numbers down, but not his likability numbers, which Gallup has at a respectable 47.6%. In the mainstream media there has been a willingness to forgive this president his mistakes, to see him as an innocent in an impossible world. Why?

There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans is that they must run against both the man and the myth. In 2008, few knew the man and Republicans were walloped by the myth. Today the man is much clearer, and yet the myth remains compelling.

What gives Mr. Obama a cultural charisma that most Republicans cannot have? First, he represents a truly inspiring American exceptionalism: He is the first black in the entire history of Western civilization to lead a Western nation—and the most powerful nation in the world at that. And so not only is he the most powerful black man in recorded history, but he reached this apex only through the good offices of the great American democracy.

Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it.

The rest of the column:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704569404576299241421694066.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Laura May 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

In 2008, I kept hoping Condoleeza would emerge at the last moment to run for president and save the day. I’ve NEVER posted on a political site, but feel our country needs Ms. Rice now, more than ever! After listening to Benjamin Netanyahu speak last Tuesday, it made me want a leader of his passion and caliber for our deserving United States of America.

The only person I can think of is you, Ms. Rice! Run in 2012 and you can count on my full devotion to sing your praises to the roof tops of Oklahoma, and everyone I know!

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Martha May 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

She has the education and background to become our next president . We need her to run. She has my vote.

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Judy May 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

It is about time that an intelligent, good looking, responsible and ethical woman run for President of the United States of America. Condi definitely has my vote. We need a concert pianist in the White House. I do believe that Harry S. Truman was a brilliant piano player and he was a haberdasher by trade yet a brilliant statesman like Condi was a brilliant statewoman. As I said before, it is time for a woman to take the wheel. Our sons and daughters would not go to war. There would be peace for a change despite what vp.Chaney and half witted GW Bush put us through as a country…and the battle cry is……..Condi, Condi, She’s our Girl….if she can’t do it Obama can!!

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thelight May 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

i believe that she is the only one that can make this country great again. let us raise all our voices together so she can hear our plea…we need you to run miss rice, please.

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Rice 2012 all the way!

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Rob Mellang March 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

I think the country needs Rice to be the next president on the United States of America. I was hoping she would run last time, but maybe she is too smart to run for a job like that. She would be micro analyzed by the media. They would attack her for being a woman, and black. I am a White American Male. I would vote for Rice, because it would be comforting to know that a person with her experience knowledge, and intelligence, would be in charge. I thought she was outstanding when she was the Secretary of state. You can tell when Rice is interviewed by The media, that she is in complete control, and very confident. For eight years she seemed to be the point man for the United States of America. Rice went everyplace in the world, and never seemed intimidated. I think Rice can handle tuff decisions and keep moving. After all it’s a job.
Please Condoleezza, give us a choice this time, and run for president.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

Sorry not eight years as Secretary of State.
I am still going to vote for Rice.

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faith weedn March 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I consider Condoleesa intelligent, contained and yet compassionate and would certainly have enough knowledge of world affairs to be president. I became a citizen on Jan 20 this year [2011] and I should like to vote for her. She has good debating skills , promoting a subject not herself as some politicians are apt to do.

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unknown November 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Come on now, Condoleeza, we need you. FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT 2012.

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Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Please run, please.

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Bill Nichols October 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm

We need to kindle a fire to get a grass roots movement to convince Dr. Rice that she is the absolute BEST candidate for 2012. Dr. Rice is a true “philosopher leader” who will not willingly step into the contest until WE, the American People, call for her loudly and with passion. This woman understands the issues, national and international, and has the intelligence and maturity to address them. I’m in on this if we can get it going!

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Kathy Clark September 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I would vote for Condi in 2012 if she would run. I feel she is very qualified and a person of real integrity. The way she stood her ground with Barbara Boxer and others made me really respect her. Go Condi.

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UIDZero June 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I REALLY want to see Dr Rice back in the game. She is phenomenal, a true master at deb ate, a powerful thought out speaker with the ability to think on her feat. If she runs, I’ll be supporting her campaign anyway I can. It is either Dr. Rice or an ex-military leader.

If folks out there don’t know about Rice, please, please, please go read about her. She is the change in leadership that this country needs.

Thank you all and God Bless!

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John Thomas March 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I believe Condoleezza Rice would win the 2012 election only if she runs on an independent ticket. I believe most Americans are fed up with the norm of Rep./Dem. elections and want a “change.” Sound familiar. If she is up front, honestly concerned for our country and its ethnic values, she can win! God bless her as she debates this matter in her life.

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UniversityDenver November 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

We have a few college students from the University of Denver who love your blog.

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section9 September 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Dude, as much as I love Condi, I don’t think she’s going to run. However, that’s not what my comment is about. You have Hillary’s picture posted next to an article about Rice.

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