Condi Rice to speak at GOP convention

The Bay Area’s own former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is among the first list of headliners for the Republican National Convention, as rolled out today by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

“Americans are looking for leadership in Washington to advance the belief that free markets and free people are the cornerstones to our country’s future,” Rice – now a Stanford professor and Hoover Institution fellow – said in the GOP’s news release. “I look forward to being a part of the Republican National Convention later this month to support those beliefs by nominating Mitt Romney to be our next president.”

(Not that she’s going to be vice president or anything.)

The other speakers announced today are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, that state’s first female governor and the nation’s youngest sitting governor; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and a best-selling author, radio and television show host; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former House Budget Committee chairman; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s first female Hispanic governor and that state’s first female governor; U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 Republican presidential nominee; and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Priebus called these speakers “some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers—and those that will be announced later—will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Condi is running for her next lecture gig, that’s all.

  • JohnW

    She or Jindahl would have been a smart VP pick for Mitt.

    It’s a bit hard to figure out why she would take on a political attack dog role at the convention, along with people like Haley Barbour and Huckabee. She’s not the type. May even have voted for Obama in 2008 — she wouldn’t say. She’s already been National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Other than Secretary of Defense, there’s nothing left to do in a Romney administration. She can’t be very impressed with Mitt’s foreign policy/national security awesomeness. I’ll bet she already gets plenty of lecture gigs at $75-100k a pop.

  • Elwood

    ” She can’t be very impressed with Mitt’s foreign policy/national security awesomeness.”

    Do you think she might be impressed by the awesomeness of the Ayrab and la Clinton?

  • JohnW

    Re: 3

    If by “la Clinton,” you mean our current Secretary of State, I can’t read Condi’s mind, only her words:

    Quoting exactly as reported in Politico, October 13, 2010:

    Rice, who has mostly shied away from the public sphere since the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly she thinks Clinton is doing a good job.

    “Hillary Clinton is someone I’ve known for a long, long time. She’s a patriot. I think she’s doing a lot of the right things,” Rice said. “She’s very tough…and she’s got the right instincts.”

    I think she’s doing a fine job,” Rice added. “I really do.”

    End of exact quote. Story goes on to say Rice did express concerns about Iran getting closer to being able to produce a nuclear weapon and North Korea possibly destablilizing during a transfer of power (I’m pretty sure those were issues before Obama/Clinton took over foreign policy).

    Back to exact quote:

    But Rice did not lay blame on Clinton or President Barack Obama for the situation in Iran and North Korea, noting that “you’re always dealing with circumstances that are very difficult for the United States that has to lead.”

    Sounds pretty positive to me. This story ran before the demise of bin Laden, but I’ll hazard a guess that Rice approved of that move.

    Will she recall saying these things when she speaks in Tampa? Not likely.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Rice is an accomplished Black woman who ought to inspire at least as many girls as Gabby Douglas– which is why she is a good choice to address the Romney convention. Condi’s views on foreign policy are non-controversial and hardly the stuff most voters will remember.

  • JohnW

    Seems to be lots of Paul Ryan buzz today. If Karl Rove’s prediction is accurate, we should know by Friday or sometime next week.

  • JohnW

    Another foreign policy gaffe by Mitt?

    While speaking in Iowa today, Mitt compared California’s financial predicament to Greece.

    Very insulting. To the Greeks!

  • Elwood

    @ #7 John W.

    True dat!