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Rice saysUSwould be safe under Obama

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the nation would be safe under a Barack Obama presidency and that she is ruling out a shot at the vice presidency under either Obama or Republican John McCain.

In an interview with Politico and Yahoo News released today, Rice was asked if she would feel secure with a president Obama.

She responded “Oh, the United States will be fine”. She says “she thinks that they are having an important debate about how to keep the country safe,” pointing to the Middle East and Iraq.

“Those are important judgments for the American people to make.” McCain has vied to portray the Illinois senator as a dangerous bet for US security given his relative inexperience.

During their primary race, Obama’s defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton ran a now-infamous ad that questioned whether he had the right leadership mettle to cope with a foreign policy crisis in the dead of night.

Rice occasionally mentioned as a potential running mate for McCain, demurred when asked if she might serve as second-in-command to his Democratic rival.

She says, “she doesn’t need another job in government with anybody.”