Condoleezza Rice to headline House GOP fundraiser


In this April 10, 2013, file photo, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice watches the par-3 competition before the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will headline a big fundraising dinner for House Republicans in March.

House GOP leaders are set to announce Tuesday morning that Rice will serve as keynote speaker for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual March Dinner on March 26.

“Condoleezza Rice’s life embodies the American Dream,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) said in a statement shared with The Washington Post ahead of the announcement. “From growing up in the Jim Crow-era south to traveling the world as the nation’s top diplomat, she is living proof that our country is the land of opportunity."

Rice has gradually stepped into the political arena since departing George W. Bush’s White House. Her speech at the Republican National Convention in August 2012 earned widespread praise, and she has also begun raising money for GOP causes, particularly for a Republican women's political action committee.

Rice has said she’s not interested in running for office, but speculation persists that she could run for president in 2016.

After leaving the White House, Rice returned to teaching at Stanford University. She was also recently named to the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will pick the four teams that compete for a national title at the end of the next college football season.

Other recent speakers at the NRCC’s March Dinner include Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.), Nikki Haley (S.C.) and Chris Christie (N.J.).

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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