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Wednesday
Aug152012

Condoleezza Rice Makes Modeling Debut

NFL(WASHINGTON) -- Condoleezza Rice is a Browns fan – and she’s not afraid to show it. The former secretary of state, who has sworn off a run for the White House, has jumped into another field entirely with her modeling debut.

Rice, a long-time Cleveland Browns fan, is one of the many new female faces of the NFL and its clothing line. She recently posed for the advertising campaign alongside powerful women from a diverse range of backgrounds, from Serena Williams to Melania Trump.

The “It’s My Team” line and campaign is intended to encourage women to get more involved in supporting their NFL teams. The line includes clothing ranging from typical game-day t-shirts to more fashion-forward and even business casual items, such as team-spirited blazers.

“Forty-five percent of fans are female and that continues to grow,” said Tracey Bleczinski, vice president of NFL consumer products, according to NFL.com. “We do have something for everyone, and this campaign aims to communicate that if you are living and wearing football, you can do it every day, year-round.”

Rice posed for the advertising campaign in a Browns jersey – specifically #16, which belongs to Joshua Cribbs. The replica jersey retails for $94.99 online.

While her love for football is nothing new – Rice was engaged to football player Mike Upchurch in the ’70s – modeling is an untested frontier for the politician.

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Friday
Jul132012

Condoleezza Rice Still Not Interested In VP Slot

ABC/FRED WATKINS(WASHINGTON) -- Despite the Drudge Report’s report saying that Condoleezza Rice is the new frontrunner to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, a spokesperson for the former secretary of state tells ABC News she is still not interested in the job.

In an email, the spokesperson said that Rice, who is on vacation, has no plans to comment specifically on the Drudge Report article, but that all of her previous statements denying interest in being Romney’s vice presidential pick “still stand.”

The Romney campaign has not commented on the report. Drudge has long appeared supportive of the Romney campaign and there are ties between the site’s founder, Matt Drudge, and Romney staffers.

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Friday
Jul132012

Report: Is Condoleezza Rice Romney's Top VP Candidate?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Drudge Report, the conservative website, reports Thursday night that there is a new front-runner to be Mitt Romney’s running mate: Condoleezza Rice.

The Romney campaign has not commented on the report.  Drudge has long appeared supportive of the Romney campaign and there are ties between the site’s founder, Matt Drudge, and Romney staffers.

Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush and is now a professor at Stanford University, is on vacation this weekend, according to her spokesperson.  But there has been more and more buzz about this on the blogosphere and at some news outlets.  

The Washington Post published an op-ed this weekend about how some conservatives view Rice favorably because she’s the “anti-Palin,” and then Bill Kristol predicted that she is a front-runner, because Ann Romney told CBS that they are considering a woman vice presidential candidate.

Rice has repeatedly, steadfastly maintained that she not only doesn’t want to be VP, she doesn’t want to run for any elected office.  But maybe she is changing her mind, or maybe she is being “drafted” into considering it?

A sample of her denials came in an interview with CBS News on June 26.

“There is no way I would do this,” Rice said.  “I didn’t run for student council president.  I don’t see myself in any way in elected office.  I love policy.  I’m not particularly fond of politics.”

Also, there’s the question of her policies.  While she has the foreign policy experience to complement Romney, some of her domestic positions could be an issue.

On immigration, Rice has given speeches over the last year, publicly lamenting that the Bush administration couldn’t get immigration reform passed.  Her favorite talking point?  “When did immigrants become the enemy?”

On abortion, she is well to the left of Romney, who in mid-life turned against abortion rights.  In a 2008 interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Rice described herself as “mildly pro-choice.”

While she has previously endorsed Romney, Rice has not, like other potential vice presidential picks, campaigned with him.  She has been the featured speaker at a few fundraisers and has given rousing speeches at closed events, but she’s hardly been an attack dog against the Obama administration.  

Rice has focused more on why she likes Romney in interviews.  And her statements of public criticism of the president have been intellectual and thoughtful, rather than emotionally-charged like other potential VP picks.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Condoleezza Rice Recalls Presidential Poison Scare After 9/11 Attacks

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It was just a few weeks after September 11, 2001 when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accompanied President Bush on a trip to China for the APEC summit. In Shanghai, Dr. Rice recalls, Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on a secure video conference line and delivered President George W. Bush this message:

“The vice president came on the screen and said that the White House detectors have detected botulinum toxin, and we were all -- those of who exposed were going to die,” Rice told ABC News.

“And I remember everybody just sort of freezing, and the president saying, ‘What was that? What was that, Dick?’” Rice, who was the National Security Advisor at the time, said.

Botulinum toxin, according to the Center for Biosecurity, is the “most poisonous substance known” and “extremely potent and lethal.”

The exposure time meant that she and those on the trip -- Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Chief of Staff Andy Card -- were all at risk, Rice told ABC News.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson sent the samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested on laboratory mice, she said. Rice writes in her new memoir, “No Higher Honor,” that after that call Bush directed her to “find out what the hell is going on” from her deputy, Steven Hadley.

“[Hadley] has this very dry sense of humor.  And he said, ‘Let me put it this way.  If the mice are feet up, we’re toast.  If the mice are feet down, we’re fine,’” Rice told ABC News.

“For 24 hours, we were in Shanghai, we did not know the results of those tests,” she said.

Rice writes that they acted “as if nothing had happened,” but she wondered if “we’d get home before the toxin acted.”

Around noon the next day Hadley called Rice to give her the results -- it was a false alarm.

“He said, ‘The mice are feet down.’  I went back to the president, and he was sitting next to the Chinese, and I said ‘The mice are feet down.’  And the president said, ‘That’s a good thing,’ and I’m sure the Chinese who probably got a translation thought it was some sort of code,” Rice said.


Watch more of George Stephanopoulos' interview with Rice Tuesday night on ABC's Nightline.

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Thursday
Aug252011

Dick Cheney Makes No Friends with Forthcoming Memoir

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir is set to be released next week, but juicy excerpts have already leaked, and from the looks of them, he may sell books, but his former colleagues in the Bush administration might take him off their Christmas card list.

Cheney's memoir, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, is the vice president's version of events in the Bush administration. According to The New York Times, he reveals personal conversations with Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and George Tenet.

There are also details from Sept. 11, 2001, and Cheney writes about his heart problems and his backup plan in case his health problems overwhelmed him. He also writes, for the first time, about the weeks he was unconscious after heart surgery in 2010.

Cheney told NBC News that "there are going to be heads exploding all over Washington" after people read the book. Here's a look at some of the juiciest parts that have been leaked early:

Condoleezza Rice

According to The New York Times, Cheney goes after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her "naivete" in her efforts to negotiate a nuclear weapons agreement with North Korea. The book also details Cheney's view that "he saw no need to apologize" for the controversial words included in Bush's 2003 State of the Union about Iraq's supposed search for uranium in Niger that helped justify the war in Iraq. Cheney's writes that Rice eventually agreed with him, and she "tearfully admitted I had been right."

On Thursday Rice's publisher announced that her memoir about her time in the Bush administration would be released in November. The announcement describes her book as "surprisingly candid in her narrative of administration colleagues, as well as the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt," so there is no doubt her memoir will tell her side of the story and could be quite different from her former colleague's.

Colin Powell

Cheney doesn't sugarcoat how he feels about former Secretary of State Colin Powell, writing that he believes Powell tried to undermine Bush by expressing his worry about the Iraq War in private conversations.

"It was as though he thought the proper way to express his views was by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government," Cheney writes, according to The New York Times.

Cheney adds that he encouraged that Powell be removed from the administration after the 2004 election, writing Powell's resignation "was for the best."

George Tenet

Cheney writes that the former and longest-serving director of the CIA, George Tenet, resigned in 2004 just "when the going got tough." The former vice president calls Tenet's resignation "unfair to the president," according to The New York Times.

Tenet's own book, At the Center of the Storm, was released in 2007, and it harshly criticized Cheney and other members of the Bush administration, writing they pushed the country to war in Iraq.

Sept. 11

The memoir begins with Cheney's memories from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The New York Times writes that the vice president "commanded the government's response from a bunker beneath the White House" because the president was away from Washington.

"My past government experience," he writes, "had prepared me to manage the crisis during those first few hours on 9/11, but I knew that if I went out and spoke to the press, it would undermine the president, and that would be bad for him and for the country. We were at war. Our commander-in-chief needed to be seen as in charge, strong, and resolute -- as George W. Bush was."

Syria

One of the most shocking revelations of the leaked excerpts is that Cheney says he urged Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in June 2007, but his colleagues weren't going for it.

"I again made the case for U.S. military action against the reactor," Cheney writes, according to The New York Times, "But I was a lone voice. After I finished, the president asked, 'Does anyone here agree with the vice president?' Not a single hand went up around the room."

Cheney's Heart Condition and Backup Plan

Cheney reveals for the first time that because of his history of heart disease, he worried that while in office a heart attack or stroke could leave him unable to fulfill his duties. He wrote a letter of resignation that he kept in a locked safe to use if he became incapacitated.

Cheney told NBC's Jamie Gangel he did it because "there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice president who can't function."

Cheney also writes that after heart surgery in 2010, he was unconscious for weeks. During that time, The New York Times writes, Cheney had a "prolonged, vivid dream that he was living in an Italian villa, pacing the stone paths to get coffee and newspapers."

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Sunday
May082011

Donilon: Pakistan Remains Important U.S. Ally

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, a lot of questions have been raised about whether or not Pakistani officials were aware that bin Laden had been hiding out in the town of Abbottabad, in a compound located only a third of a mile away from a military academy of the Pakistani Army.

"The idea that he could be in a suburb essentially of Islamabad is quite remarkable," said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview with ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour.

"This isn't a time bluster from Pakistan," Rice added. "This is a time for serious analysis of why this happened, why he was hiding in plain sight for apparently as long as he was."

The U.S. did not give Pakistan prior warning about the raid in which Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and White House national security advisor Tom Donilon said that decision was not based on mistrust, but rather on "operational security." The United States acted on the assumption that bin Laden had an escape plan; if the information leaked, the Al Qaeda leader would vanish once more. There was also the matter of protecting U.S. forces.

"The safety and security of our operators would have been put at issue," Donilon said. "So we didn't share this with anybody, not even our closest ally."

Pakistan remains an important ally of the United States, the national security advisor noted, and its role in the ongoing fight against terrorism should not be so easily dismissed.

The United States also has an immediate interest in preserving the relationship: Pakistan has in its custody all the non-combatants of the Abbottabad compound, including three of Bin Laden's wives. Pakistani officials also took additional material from the compound, according to Donilon, and the United States needs access to it.

Rice said it is possible and probable that high-ranking Pakistani officials did not know bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad. Ignorance, however, is not an excuse.

"If this happens in your country," Rice told Amanpour, "you have an obligation to find out and to do a thorough investigation and to punish anybody who might have been responsible."

Politicians and Americans are now questioning whether the United States should cut off funding to Pakistan. From 2002 to 2010, the United States gave $13.3 billion in security-related aid to Pakistan, and $6 billion for economic assistance. More than $3 billion was requested for 2011.

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Friday
May062011

Condoleezza Rice: 2007 Mission for Osama bin Laden 'Didn't Materialize'

Donna Svennevik/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the last time the Bush administration had serious intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, he was thought to be around Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in the summer of 2007, she tells ABC's Christiane Amanpour in an interview scheduled to air Sunday on This Week. The government believed it might have located bin Laden at a meeting with other al Qaeda members and militants but ended up empty handed, Rice said.

"I don't want to go into this in too much detail because I'm not sure what the sources and methods, issues, are here," Rice said. "Let's just say after very painstaking work, when they were relooking at the entire field of how we might find bin Laden -- because you don't just stumble on Osama bin Laden – there was supposedly this meeting that would take place, perhaps higher level enough for him to come, but in the end it didn't materialize."

Rice's comments come immediately after The New York Times published an article describing the Bush administration's handling of this intelligence in 2007, which is believed to have been the most credible intelligence prior to the mission that killed bin Laden Sunday. In 2007, the U.S. government reportedly obtained information that Osama bin Laden and other high ranking officials of al Qaeda would be meeting in Tora Bora, the same region where allied forces bombed the mountainous terrain in 2001 in a failed attempt track down bin Laden.

"We were constantly having Osama bin Laden sightings," Rice told Amanpour, who pressed the former secretary of state on specific intelligence that bin Laden would attend the 2007 meeting.

A former government official said the military began acting on the intelligence by plotting a large, coordinated bombing mission that would heavily strike the mountainous region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to the New York Times report.

Rice would not discuss any U.S. military operations, citing their still classified nature. CIA Director Leon Panetta last year told ABC News that the last time the United States had good intelligence on bin Laden's location was in the early 2000s.

Amanpour's full interview with Rice can been seen Sunday on ABC's This Week With Christiane Amanpour.

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Tuesday
May032011

Condoleezza Rice on Bin Laden's Death: 'Extraordinary Moment'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- “Extraordinary” -- that’s what former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who spent eight years chasing Osama bin Laden, called the killing of the al Qaeda leader and the news that Navy SEALs had taken him down.

“It really said so much about the United States of America. I remember when President Bush said ‘We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail,” she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday for Good Morning America. “He really meant the United States of America. And President Obama and his team are to be congratulated to having brought this to an end.”

Rice said she was “surprised” to find out that bin Laden was hiding so close to Islamabad and said it raises some important questions for the Pakistani government.

“Questions that really the Pakistanis need to answer not just for us but for themselves. They have been victims of al Qaeda terrorism. They have been victims of terrorism leading to the death of Benazir Bhutto. So I am sure Pakistan will want to understand better why he could hide right there in plain sight,” she said.

Asked whether it’s time for the administration to rethink the mission in Afghanistan – since they caught Osama and so few members of al Qaeda are still there, Rice said “the mission is really finally making some achievements.”

“The reporting is good about what we have achieved over the last several months,” she said.

“We have a chance to leave an Afghanistan that is more secure with better security forces, a more decent Afghan government and then ultimately a safer South Asian region because it’s not just the stability of Afghanistan but the stability of Pakistan that is important too.”

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