WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying to tamp down any speculation she could be Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate.
Rice told "CBS This Morning" she's not interested in joining Romney, who has more than enough delegates to win the presidential nod at the party convention in Tampa.
Rice said, "I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elective office."
Rice also said, "there is no way that I will do this because it's really not me. I know my strengths and weaknesses." She said Romney will pick a strong running mate and she'll support the ticket.
Host Charlie Rose asked Rice how Romney's foreign policy would be different than President Barack Obama's. She declined to say specifically, instead touting Romney.
"What Mitt Romney will bring to the presidency -- and i believe he would be a very good president -- is he will bring first and foremost an understanding that the role the United States has to play in the world. He understands the essence of an America that believes in free markets and free peoples, and that that has really been the reason that the world has been moving toward more prosperity and greater freedom," she said.
She later criticized Obama's foreign policy and called for a more "assertive" America. "When things are moving in many different directions as they are, after great shocks to the system like 9/11 and the global financial and economic crisis, and now the positive shock of people insisting on their democratic rights, the United States can’t lead from behind," she said. "The United States has to have a view, it has to gather people around that view, and frankly, I think we need to do more of that, and the last several years I think we’ve been lacking on that front."
BEFORE YOU GO
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