WALLACE: Secretary Rice, a new subject. Were you part of an effort in July of 2003 to discredit Ambassador Joe Wilson, who was a critic of the Bush Iraq policy?So, does Wallace ask for clarification? Does he ask directly: Did you speak with investigators? Did you appear before the Grand Jury? Did you turn over notes, emails, whatever?
RICE: I am not going to talk about, Chris, as you might imagine, an ongoing investigation. I have, like everybody else, cooperated with Prosecutor Fitzgerald, and I'm quite certain that he will make his report. But I don't think that it's appropriate to comment about those events.
WALLACE: Now, when you say you've cooperated with the prosecutor, does that mean that, in fact, you spoke to investigators or to the grand jury?
RICE: I cooperated in all of the ways that I was asked to cooperate.
Nah. He just moves on to another question.
WALLACE: Secretary Rice, were you involved in any way in the process in which [Harriet Miers] was chosen?So, does Wallace ask, Did you break your habit just this once? Did you discuss possible nominees with Bush? Did you recommend Miers for the Supreme Court?
RICE: Chris, I'm not in the habit of recommending Supreme Court justice nominees to the president. But I was delighted that Harriet was chosen.
Nah. He just moves on to a videotape commercial promoting "Condi in 2008."
WALLACE: Finally, Secretary Rice, I want to show you a commercial that is running right now in Iowa. Here it is. Let's take a look.What does Dr. Madame Secretary think of all this?
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UNKNOWN: She's a woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind. She'll speak on Iraq, America's role in the world, 9/11 and even abortion.
UNKNOWN: Great. I like her, too. You know, she's intelligent, and she's educated presidents for years.
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WALLACE: Secretary, what do you think of this group, Americans for Rice, that is trying to launch a "Draft Condoleezza Rice" movement?
RICE: Well, obviously, I'm flattered that somebody thinks of me in those terms. But, Chris, I haven't ever run for anything. I don't have any desire to run for anything. I didn't even run for high school president.The NFL? Maybe a tryout for the first female punter....
And so I know my role, and I've got a lot of work to do as secretary of state. We've got a lot of issues, a lot of tough issues, but a lot of opportunities, too. And then I think unless I go to the NFL, I'm headed back to Stanford to teach.