Newt Gingrich is meeting with former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice today at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution as he continues on the third day of his California swing.
Rice, who served as George W. Bush’s second secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, is currently a professor of political economy at the Hoover Institution.
Gingrich has had warm words for Rice along the campaign trail, such as at a December event in Iowa where he told the crowd that he’d like to see the former secretary of state debate Vice President Joe Biden:
Taking a turn away from the other candidates this evening in Decorah, Iowa, Gingrich told the crowd of more than 200 that he would love to see former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice debate Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate.
“That would be about as great a mismatch of knowledge versus ignorance as we’ve seen,” Gingrich said. “I would be intrigued.”
Gingrich said he didn’t want his comments to be mistaken that he was endorsing Rice for the vice presidential nomination.
“She is a terrifically smart person, and I do think the spectacle of her debating Biden would be one of the more enjoyable moments of 2012,” Gingrich said.