Rice Keeps Presidential Pick Under Wraps

But she applauds Obama for 'knocking down old barriers'
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2008 4:43 PM CDT
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at a joint press-conference with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, not seen on Thursday, July 10, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Condoleezza Rice is keeping her choice for president to herself, the Los Angeles Times reports. When Wolf Blitzer asked if she would reveal her pick on Late Edition, she responded with a curt "No." But she did call Obama's run for office "great for our country": "Let's enjoy this moment where a person like Barack Obama can knock down all of those old barriers," she said.

And she turned down the role of vice-president: "I've done my part," she said. "And I've got six months to sprint for the finish and then I have other things that I want to do." (Read more Condoleezza Rice stories.)