QUESTION: Just a couple of last quick questions, political questions, if I may. Fancy that.
There have been a lot of questions raised about Governor Sarah Palin. If you were prepping her for a foreign policy debate with Joe Biden, what would you advise her?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, let me be the last do to that.
QUESTION: You should be the first to do that.
SECRETARY RICE: No, no, no. Let me just say this. I thought that Sarah Palin gave a terrific speech, and not to get into the politics of it. You know, she’s governor of a state here in the United States, and she came across extremely well.
QUESTION: Does she have enough experience to handle the kinds of things that you need to handle?
SECRETARY RICE: These are decisions that Senator McCain has made. I have great confidence in him. I’m not going to get involved in this political campaign. As Secretary of State, I don’t do that. But I thought her speech was wonderful.
QUESTION: But the – a lot of Republicans are also saying that she just lacks the experience. I mean, you can dispatch Vice President Cheney to deal with Ukraine and Georgia, but Sarah Palin just won’t be able to handle it.
SECRETARY RICE: There are different kinds of experiences in life that help one to deal with matters of foreign policy.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Quickie: Condi Not Exactly Overflowing with Enthusiasm for Sarah Palin
Condi had a sit 'n' chat with CNN! Oh, sure, it was mostly about Libya and stuff, but, well, how could Zain Vergee resist asking about the snowbilly queen? This is where Condi's long-rumored diplomatic skills come into play: