-Convention Coverage
9:57 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Condoleezza Rice: No interest in coming back to government

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a quick visit to the Ohio delegation breakfast this morning, and told Ohio reporters she had no interest in a taking a job in a Romney administration.

"I term my memoirs 'No Higher Honor," because there is no higher honor than the one I held,'' said Rice, who served as secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush. "I am not going anywhere. I am glad to be a teacher at Stanford."

Rice, in her press conference, told reporters she is not concerned that neither Romney nor his running mate, Paul Ryan, has any substantial foreign policy experience.

Dealing with foreign policy, she said, "takes much of the same qualities as it does to be dealing with domestic issues or leading in the private sector."

On her successor, Hillary Clinton, Rice said she knows her well and respects her, but said that she believes the Obama administration has not been strong and clear on foreign policy issues like the crisis in Syria and the economic situation in Europe.

"When the world doesn't know where the United States stands, then you have chaos in the world,'' said Rice. "The United States has to be clear and forthright on where it stands."

Earlier, when she spoke to the Ohio delegation breakfast, Rice madeĀ a point of telling the crowd that she is an ardent fan of the Cleveland Browns - she has said in interviews that her dream job would be being commissioner of the NFL.

"And I am proud to say that, today, the Cleveland Browns are undefeated right now,'' Rice said of her team, which has yet to start the regular season.

She told the delegates that "when America is not willing to speak in a robust voice for free people and free economies everywhere in the world, that is a bad situation."

Rice, who was making the rounds of several delegation today, was in the building with the Ohioans less than 20 minutes.