Rice Congratulates Obama, Quiets McCain Veepstakes Chatter

By Ed O'Keefe

Jun 4, 2008 12:03pm

ABC News’ Kirit Radia Reports: A day after the presidential primary season came to an official close, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice extended her congratulations to presumptive nominees Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., as well as Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for their campaigns.

Rice, the highest ranking African-American in the U.S. government, highlighted the significance of Obama’s achievement as the first African-American to be nominated as a candidate for the presidency by a major party.

"The United States of America is an extraordinary country," she said. "It is a country that has overcome many, many, now years, decades, actually a couple of centuries of trying to make good on its principles. And I think what we are seeing is an extraordinary expression of the fact that ‘We the people’ is beginning to mean all of us."

Rice, who has been rumored as a possible vice presidential running mate for McCain, seemed to once again reject that chatter saying, "I look forward to viewing it all on the sidelines as a voter."

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