Condoleezza Rice Dishes on Rumsfeld, Cheney and Cain
Former Secretary of State opened up about her clashes within Bush Administration
The former secretary of state dished about her clashes with Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney in the White House, and aired her opinions on whether Herman Cain should’ve dropped out of the Republican presidential race.
“I think it’s probably a good thing. It would have been a continuing distraction from the questions that we needed to answer,” Rice said of Cain’s exit. “Whatever happened, it’s now between Herman Cain and Mrs. Cain, and that’s the way that it should be, but as long as it was a public issue, I do think it had a tendency to divert our attention from the really hard questions.”
During the interview, “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd also asked Rice to confirm the rumor that she’d voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Rice declined to answer that question but did say she planned to vote for the Republican presidential nominee this time around.
No doubt the juiciest part of the interview involved Rice’s well-documented clashes with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Vice President Dick Cheney while she served as secretary of state in the Bush administration. She describes the clashes in her book, No Higher Honor.
“Don Rumsfeld and I had been friends for years,” Rice explained to “The View” panel. “In fact, he’d been one of the champions of my career throughout the years, and we just started constantly clashing.”
Rice said that one day she approached Rumsfeld about their disagreements in the White House Rose Garden. She was stunned when Rumsfeld told her, “You’re obviously really committed, and you’re very bright.”
At that moment, she realized that Rumsfeld had difficulty accepting her as a peer.
“Don was very comfortable when he was the champion of my career, the senior statesmen,” she said.
Despite their series of clashes, Rice says they remain friends.
As for Cheney — Rice said that though she got along with him on a personal level, they butted heads professionally.
“And I think actually the vice president’s somewhat disappointed that I won a lot of those arguments,” she said.