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Condoleezza Rice endorses Mitt Romney

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney Wednesday night, a source close to the Republican’s presidential campaign confirmed to the Fix.

Rogelio V. Solis

AP

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions from reporters about the issues she discussed with business students during a private presentation to them at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Rice will throw her formal endorsement behind Romney in California, where he is attending fundraisers in the San Francisco area. Since leaving government, Rice has been teaching political science at Stanford University.

The endorsement is ceremonial, given that as of Tuesday night Romney has the delegates he needs to secure the GOP nomination.

The Bush administration official is frequently mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate. (In fact, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley suggested it earlier today.)

But Rice has repeatedly said that she has no interest, as she did in 2008 when he name was mentioned as a potential running mate for Arizona Sen. John McCain.

After Obama’s victory in that election, Rice called the president-elect “inspirational” and said that “as an African-American, I am especially proud” of the country. She later refused to say whether she had voted for McCain, telling CBS News in February 2009 that “as secretary of state, I'm going to keep my partisan or non-partisan views to myself on that.”

In a memoir published that year, she details an angry conversation with the senator over the war in Iraq, saying McCain was “yelling and red in the face ... I let him finish the tirade because I knew that he could be emotional.”

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