Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: No 2016 Plans

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Getty Images)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday again shot down the idea of running for president, telling a San Francisco audience she’ll continue to do public service, just not from the Oval Office.

“I learned that running for office really wasn’t in my DNA when I helped [President] George W. Bush run in 1999. We’d go to maybe five campaign events in a day..and at the end of the day, he was raring to go and I was raring to go to bed. And I thought, ‘Maybe this just isn’t for me,’” Rice said, according to The Hill. “But I’ll continue to do public service as I hope we all do.”

Rice was the only former Bush cabinet member to speak at the Republican National Convention in August and at the time seemed to hint that she wasn’t entirely ruling out her own bid.

“A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the segregated city of the South where her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or to a restaurant,” Rice said at the convention. “But they have her absolutely convinced that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.”

Rice, who recently joined CBS News as a contributor, said Friday she does miss her old colleagues from the nation’s capital — but not much else.

“I do miss the people that I worked with in Washington. I don’t miss anything else about being in Washington,” she said.

(h/t The Hill)

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