Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will not leave Stanford University for the political fray of the 2016 presidential elections, The Washington Post reports.
Rice, who serves as a professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and directs its Global Center for Business and Economy, told Fox News on Thursday that she is content where she is, working on international issues, which are her forte, the Post reported.
"I am a professor at Stanford. I am a happy professor at Stanford, that's where I'm staying," she said. "I got the chance to be the secretary of state. I’m an international relations specialist, it doesn’t get better than that."
While Rice's name has been tossed about among a short list of possible high-profile GOP presidential nominees, she has kept her distance from the rumblings, stepping up in the midterms to endorse a couple of candidates, but largely staying away from any discord.
She did not throw her support for any other likely Republican presidential candidate, but noted when asked her solid working relationship with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the Post reported.
“I am very fond of Jeb Bush. He’s a friend, he was a terrific governor of Florida," Rice told Fox News. "I worked with him on some immigration and education issues."
Even as no frontrunner has emerged for Republicans ahead of 2016, Rice remains energized about the possibilities.
"It's going to be a good field for the Republicans," she said. "I'm in a mode to listen and let people debate. Let's see who emerges and comes forward."
Rice, the nation's second black secretary of state, did take a dim view about the racial politics waged during midterms, The Hill noted,
including the use of the recent shooting of an unarmed teen by police in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that has stoked racial tensions.
"The idea that you would play such a card and try fear-mongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans, that they are somehow all racists, I find it appalling. I find it insulting," Rice told Fox News.
She added: "We are not race blind. Of course, we still have racial tensions in this country. But the United States of America has made enormous progress in race relations and it is still the best place on Earth to be a minority."
Rice also said it was wrong for President Barack Obama to consider using executive order on immigration policy, Politico noted.
"We can't have a circumstance in which we are going after a problem as meddlesome and potentially divisive as immigration by executive action only. This has to go through the people's representatives. That's our system. That's the Congress," Rice told Fox.
She added: "I hope that he plans to do is to take the message that the American people don't like the course that we're on and there has to be change. He's going to have to work with Republicans, not just do the things that the president wants to do, but to do things in a bipartisan fashion that need to be done for the American people."
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