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Rice Praises Biden as a "True Patriot"

Updated 1:59 p.m.
By Glenn Kessler and Rosalind S. Helderman
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today lavishly praised presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Biden as a "true patriot" and a "very fine statesman."

Rice, speaking to reporters on her plane as she flew to Israel for peace talks, said she was not trying to wade into presidential politics. But she has worked closely with Biden in his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and offered this reaction to selection of the Delaware Democrat as Barack Obama's running mate.

"Senator Biden is obviously a very fine statesman. I've known him for a long time," Rice said, according to a transcript of her remarks released by the State Department. "He's a true, true patriot."

Another bit of Republican praise for Biden came today from Crawford, Tex., where President Bush is nearing the end of a two-week vacation at the family ranch.

Responding to Rice's earlier remarks, White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto told reporters that receiving the vice presidential nod was a "great honor" for Biden and his family.

"He's done tremendous work over a long period, and I know he has been supportive of Secretary Rice at the State Department," Fratto said.

But, he noted: "I think Secretary Rice has made it clear who she intends to vote for, and that would be Senator McCain and whoever he chooses to join him on the ticket."

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Comments

Mark C:

If you had read the article you are posting a comment to, you wouldn't have to guess.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto told reporters: "I think Secretary Rice has made it clear who she intends to vote for, and that would be Senator McCain and whoever he chooses to join him on the ticket."

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Rice has not announced an endorsement. In fact, if you saw her on 60 Minutes you'd guess she was leaning towards voting for Sen. Obama.

Posted by: Mark C | August 25, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain's view of the world seems to be one war, fear, and hatred. He scares me.

Posted by: wolf | August 25, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice try Condi. History will not forget your complete devotion and loyalty to the Bush Crime Family. You can try as you like to appear reasonable now but the world will remember you full embrace of the immediate danger of 'the mushroom cloud'.

History will look unkindly at Condi.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I would be interesting to see if Rice would take the positionof VP. It would be quite a shock for everyone. The Dead Zone video is pretty cool.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Posted by: mgultch | August 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I am JakeD, HEAR MY ROOOAAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Aw... those hands...

Such a waste that such rare beauty should be used in the service of the Dark Lord!


;)

Posted by: festinog | August 25, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

PJ:

Please read the update.

festinog:

Don't forget those lovely hands playing the piano ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD -
You are absolutely correct. And so allow me, on behalf of the loony left say this about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:


She has lovely legs.

Posted by: festinog | August 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Saashkavili lost his temper and overplayed his hand in South Ossetia. The lesson there is simple: don't let a hothead be across the table from Putin in the geopolitical chess match. Just say no to McCain and his temper.

Bush has already mismanaged our foreign policy, and in doing so he has helped strengthen Putin's hand by increasing Russia's oil revenues and arms sales. And McCain would be Bush on steroids.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's ideas about what to do vis-a-vis Russia and Georgia are insane and would likely start a third world war, but he sounded "tough" and "experienced", and alas that's all that matters."

The view of Michael Tomasky, The Guardian, across the Pond


Posted by: First Mouse | August 25, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

To outside the box:

What are you talking about? She was talking about Biden...just Biden. Not trying to say anything about Obama in that comment. Stop trying to make something out of nothing. Jeez. I am getting sick of this BS.

Obama '08!

Posted by: W Clark | August 25, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse


Thad Cochran knows what he is talking about, even in the physiological area. He is far smarter then John Mccain and far more educated. He didn't finish close to last in his class like the dunce Mccain.
He graduated from Byram High School near Jackson and received a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in psychology and a minor in political science in 1959. There he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a time in the United States Navy (1959–1961), he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and graduated in 1965
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS

One man's erratic is another man's "maverick."
Posted by: First Mouse | August 25, 2008 1:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Thad Cochran knows what he is talking about, even in the physiological area. He is far smarter then John Mccain and far more educated. He didn't finish close to last in his class like the dunce Mccain.
He graduated from Byram High School near Jackson and received a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in psychology and a minor in political science in 1959. There he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a time in the United States Navy (1959–1961), he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and graduated in 1965
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

COULD JOHN MCCAIN BE THIS INSANE?
Some who know him best think so.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CdKuLRmg8k&feature=related
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS

One man's erratic is another man's "maverick."
Posted by: First Mouse | August 25, 2008 1:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Rice has been one step away from endorsing Obama for weeks now. Come Condi, you know you want to. McCain has got to be as scary to you as he is to all thinking people.

Posted by: PJ | August 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Rice: "He's a true patriot."

Translation: "As opposed to..."

Another reason to vote "Hillary" on the roll call. Obama is unelectable.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 25, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS

One man's erratic is another man's "maverick."

Posted by: First Mouse | August 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that McCain will select any of them for his VP nominee either ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

WHAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM BEST SAY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN.......

"He is a vicious person"
Former representative Charles LeBoutillier R-NY
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"An embarrassment to the party"
Arizona GOP state senator Susan Johnson
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"There is nothing redeeming about John Mccain...he's a hypocrite"
Former house GOP whip Tom DeLay
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS
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"Hard headed is one way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me".
Larry Wilkerson, former chief aide to Colin Powell
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"What happens if he gets angry in a crisis...? It's the presidents job to negotiate and stay calm. I just don't see that he has that quality".
Former Arizona GOP chairman John Hinz
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"His temper would place this country at risk...and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind that should disqualify him"
Former Senator Bob Smith, R-NM
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"I decided I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess it won't be McCain-Rice then ; )

Seriously, though, it will be a nice change of pace to have the Left Loonies saying something NICE about Rice ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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