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Rice says wouldn't return as secretary of state

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions from reporters about the issues she discussed with business students during a private presentation to them at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Rice is the keynote speaker at the school's spring scholarship banquet. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

CLINTON — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she wouldn’t want to hold that position again.

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“You should never go home twice,” Rice told reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton. Rice visited the school Tuesday to address benefactors at a scholarship banquet. She also participated in a question and answer session with about 200 students.

Rice said she was honored to hold the high-ranking position under former President George W. Bush

“I love all things international,” Rice said at a press conference. “I got to be secretary of state in what I believe to be the most powerful, most compassionate, freest country in the world.”

Rice also said she would not be interested in joining Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate. The Romney campaign did not immediately return calls for comment on Tuesday.

Rice said she spoke with students about U.S. intervention in Syria.

“It’s very important the U.S. work with our allies to lay out the terms under what conditions would we arm the opposition,” Rice said. “Without our intervention in that, political intervention, you’re likely to get regional powers playing proxy wars.”

Rice reiterated her recent comments that the U.S. should be careful not to label immigrants as “the enemy.”

“I understand the states are frustrated,” Rice said. “But we have attracted the best, brightest and most ambitious people.”

Rice said she enjoys teaching students at her current position at Stanford University.

“I get to help them figure out what they want to do in life, just like my professors helped me. Why would a black woman from Birmingham, Alabama, eventually become a Soviet specialist?”

Rice said it was because of a special professor she had.

She also offered advice to recent college graduates.

“There are jobs out there,” she said. “It might not be the job that you thought you were going to land, it might not be the job you thought that your college degree prepared you for. The first key is to find a job and take from it the skills, the opportunities and the mentorship you need to mature and move on to the next job.”

Before holding the question and answer session, Rice took time to meet student leaders from the school and take photographs.

Taylor Stringer, a senior majoring in business administration who had his picture taken with Rice, said he was honored to meet the former secretary of state.

“She is a lady of character and good role model,” Stringer said. “If a male can have a female role model.

In recent years, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Bob Dole have spoken at the annual benefit at Mississippi College, a school of about 5,000 students.

Rice has had similar speaking engagements at Duke University and the Brigham Young University Management Society over the past few weeks.


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