Rice on Hillary: ‘She’s Terrific’

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 7, 2008 9:13am

Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told me on "This Week" that she has spoken to Sen. Hillary Clinton, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for State. "She’s terrific," Rice said, "I have known her for a long time, ever since she brought her freshman daughter to Stanford when I was provost at Sanford. I think she’s going to be terrific." Of her possible successor, Rice said, "President-elect Obama has made his choice and he’s made a terrific choice. Hillary Clinton is someone of intelligence and she’ll do a great job. She also has what’s most important to be Secretary of State, and that is that you love this country and you represent it from the basic of faith in it’s values, and I know that she will do that." Rice said she looks forward to returning to her life at Stanford University in about a month. "I’m going to go back to Hoover at Stanford University, back west of the Mississippi where I belong," Rice said. She said she’ll be working on K-12 education issues. "I really do believe that if we don’t prepare our people for the concerns, the jobs of the 21st century, that we’re going to turn inward, and we’re going to protect, and if the United State turns inward and protects, the whole world will and that’ll be a bad thing." –George Stephanopoulos

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