Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values

Secretary of State

Only viable Republican who can beat Hillary

Hillary's nomination would give the Democrats an undeniable advantage in the general election. The Republicans would have no choice but to respond by nominating a similarly compelling and popular candidate--one who could counteract the certain shift of women voters to Hillary. And who else could that be but Condi?

If Hillary is nominated, she is very, very likely to win, by maximizing her support among women and minorities--easily defeating any conventional white male candidate the Republicans might send against her. And there is only one viable Republican answer to Hillary's candidacy: Condoleezza Rice. Were Condi & Hillary to face each other, it would be the next great American presidential race and one of the classic bouts in history. Hector vs. Achilles. Lee vs. Grant. Ali vs. Frasier. And now, Condi vs. Hillary.

Condi can beat Hillary because her candidacy would strike directly at the three pillars of the Democratic Party's base: African Americans, Hispanics, and white women.

Source: Condi vs. Hillary, by Dick Morris, p. 5 & 51 Oct 11, 2005

Doing layoffs at Stanford: "I don't do committees"

Stanford's current president, John Hennessy, describes Rice's moves as painfully necessary. "No one likes layoffs, especially universities, because there are so many interpersonal relationships," he has said. Rice's work on the budget "was enormous," he adds. "We could have had problems lingering for ten years easily, if it wasn't addressed in dramatic fashion."

At the time, Rice's moves were met with heated opposition--and made "more brutal," according to the LA Times, "by the imperious way she carried them out."

Challenged to consult with a faculty committee in deciding which cuts to make, Rice said, "I don't do committees." She told the financial Times in a 1995 interview, "I am direct... sometimes someone has to draw a line between informing, consulting, and deciding."

In retrospect, it is interesting to note how calm Rice was as she was remaking the university through these cuts. She left no hint of indecision or even pain as she went about evaluating the problem methodically.

Source: Condi vs. Hillary, by Dick Morris, p.113 Oct 11, 2005

Faith & prayer guide me on difficult matters

My faith isn't something that I can set outside of anything that I do, because it's so integral to who I am. Prayer is very important to me and a belief that if you ask for it, you will be guided. Now, that doesn't mean that I think that God will tell me what to do on, you know, the Iran nuclear problem. But I do believe very strongly that if you are a prayerful and faithful person, that that is a help in guiding us, as imperfect beings, to have to deal with extremely difficult and consequential matters.
Source: Interview With Washington Times, on www.4condi.com, "Issues" Mar 11, 2005

Presbyterian family history led to college and advancement

Granddaddy Rice was a poor farmer's son in rural Alabama - but he recognized the importance of education. Around 1918, he decided it was time to get book learning, so he asked, in the language of the day, where a colored man could go to college. He was told about little Stillman College, a school about 50 miles away. So Granddaddy saved his cotton for tuition and went off to Tuscaloosa.

After the first year, he ran out of cotton and needed a way to pay for college. Praise be - God gave him one. Grandfather asked how the other boys were staying in school. "They have what's called a scholarship," he was told, "and if you wanted to be a Presbyterian minister, then you could have one, too." Granddaddy Rice said, "That's just what I had in mind." And my family has been Presbyterian and college-educated ever since. This is not just my grandfather's story - it is an American story.

Source: Address to the Republican National Convention Aug 1, 2000

GOP principles: individuality, family, liberty, strength

Our Party's principles made me a Republican. The first Republican I knew was my father. He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did.

I joined for different reasons. I found a party that sees me as an individual, not as part of a group. I found a party that puts family first. I found a party that has love of liberty at its core. And I found a party that believes that peace begins with strength.

Source: Address to the Republican National Convention Aug 1, 2000

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