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Condoleezza Rice endorses Mitt Romney

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News. Speaking at an event in Hillsborough, California, Ms. Rice told an audience that Mr. Romney would make a great president.

“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 former national security adviser said. “The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all.”

Bloomberg News also reports that George Schultz, secretary of state under former President Ronald Reagan, endorsed Mr. Romney in California Wednesday. “What he has done at Bain Capital has been a major contribution to the American economy,” Mr. Schultz said.

The former Massachusetts governor continues to vet possible vice presidential candidates, but is not likely to ask Ms. Rice to become his running mate. Although the former secretary of state may not be interested in the vice presidency, a recent CNN/ORC International survey identified her as people’s top pick on the GOP’s vice presidential wish list.

According to the poll, Ms. Rice was the top pick of 26 percent of participants. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum finished in second place with 21 percent of the votes.

Mr. Romney secured the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday after winning the Texas primary. The Michigan native needed 1,144 delegates to earn the Republican Party’s nomination. According to AP data, Mr. Romney currently has 1,191 delegates.