11/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why Hasn't Condi Rice Endorsed John McCain?

After Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been touting the five former secretaries of state who have endorsed him. McCain tried to use that argument today on Meet the Press, but at first he could name only four of the five (who represent Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush administrations), momentarily forgetting George Shultz.

So why isn't Condoleezza Rice, the current Secretary of State, on that list? Rice has said she's "not going to get involved in this political campaign." But perhaps her hesitation has something to do with Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). When asked in September whether Palin had enough experience for the job of vice president, Rice deliberately avoided the question, saying only, "These are decisions that Senator McCain has made. I have great confidence in him."

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