(Image source: CBS News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Condoleezza Rice stepped back into the national spotlight Wednesday with a speech widely-praised for its emphasis on social mobility, immigration, and — of course — foreign policy.

 

“Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum … we cannot be reluctant to lead, and you cannot lead from behind.”

 

Pivoting to social issues, Rice spoke in support of school choice — naming minorities and the poor specifically as those who would stand to benefit from new policies. She especially harped on a theme of moving up in America.

 

“And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham...”

“...even if she can’t eat a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she could be president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of State.”

 

The Wall Street Journal described the room’s response as a “resounding and sustained ovation.” Also of note: Condi’s teleprompter went out soon after she stepped to the podium. It didn’t seem to affect the mostly rave reviews from pundits.

 

From The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “VERY good speech by Condi. Best of the night BY FAR.”

 

And from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “Did Condi just declare she's running for Pres? Also, this is by far the best speech given so far.”

 

And BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “Weird to say of a former Sec of State, but so far Condi's the one being made by this convention.”

 

The speech appealed to a wide political spectrum — although she took on President Barack Obama’s policies, she never mentioned the commander-in-chief by name. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was impressed to say the least.

 

CHRIS MATTHEWS: “I thought Condoleezza Rice’s speech was spectacular, it was thrilling, it was American. It talked about the wonders of immigration … I thought Condoleezza Rice was presidential tonight.”

 

In July the conservative Drudge Report named Rice a “front-runner” in Romney’s search for a running mate, though many referred to her self-described stance of being “mildly pro-choice” as a potential sticking point within her party.

Rice Stresses Social Mobility, Active Foreign Role at RNC

by Zach Toombs
0
Sources:CNNTwitter
Transcript
Aug 30, 2012

Rice Stresses Social Mobility, Active Foreign Role at RNC

(Image source: CBS News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Condoleezza Rice stepped back into the national spotlight Wednesday with a speech widely-praised for its emphasis on social mobility, immigration, and — of course — foreign policy.

 

“Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum … we cannot be reluctant to lead, and you cannot lead from behind.”

 

Pivoting to social issues, Rice spoke in support of school choice — naming minorities and the poor specifically as those who would stand to benefit from new policies. She especially harped on a theme of moving up in America.

 

“And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham...”

“...even if she can’t eat a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she could be president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of State.”

 

The Wall Street Journal described the room’s response as a “resounding and sustained ovation.” Also of note: Condi’s teleprompter went out soon after she stepped to the podium. It didn’t seem to affect the mostly rave reviews from pundits.

 

From The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “VERY good speech by Condi. Best of the night BY FAR.”

 

And from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “Did Condi just declare she's running for Pres? Also, this is by far the best speech given so far.”

 

And BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “Weird to say of a former Sec of State, but so far Condi's the one being made by this convention.”

 

The speech appealed to a wide political spectrum — although she took on President Barack Obama’s policies, she never mentioned the commander-in-chief by name. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was impressed to say the least.

 

CHRIS MATTHEWS: “I thought Condoleezza Rice’s speech was spectacular, it was thrilling, it was American. It talked about the wonders of immigration … I thought Condoleezza Rice was presidential tonight.”

 

In July the conservative Drudge Report named Rice a “front-runner” in Romney’s search for a running mate, though many referred to her self-described stance of being “mildly pro-choice” as a potential sticking point within her party.

View More
Comments
Newsy
www2