Just a days after Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination by winning the Texas primary and earning enough delegates for the GOP convention, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has fallen in line to endorse her party’s nominee.
Rice’s endorsement of Romney is no shocker. She is a staunch Republican and a Bush loyalist, so it makes sense that she would tow the party line and support Romney. But it’s the wording of her endorsement that has given some pause.
Yesterday, during a California fundraiser, Rice explained why she’ll be voting for Romney in the fall.
“If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism. The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all.”
She continued: “That’s the truly exceptional nature of this country. It’s understood in this world. Its leadership is craved in this world. And Governor Romney, you can bring it back.”
Rice’s speech comes as many discuss her as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for Romney. Although she’s pointedly said she has no desire to run for office, Rice’s remarks fall in line with GOP rhetoric about the President.
Despite the fact that President Obama often speaks of America’s exceptionalism, explaining that a man like him could not have risen to the highest office in any other country, Republicans continue to further the narrative that he apologizes for America and doesn’t believe in its greatness.
Unlike Rice, former Sec. of State Colin Powell has yet to endorse a candidate. In 2008 he backed Mr. Obama, but he has publicly said that he’s withholding an endorsement until he’s seen what Romney’s all about.