Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, unloaded on President Barack Obama at a Republican shindig Monday night, knocking his actions on immigration while delivering strong praise for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Speaking to a party fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Blue — a Republican hangout just steps from the Cannon House Office Building — Rice said;
This is a truly consequential election. This is perhaps a turning point for the country. I’m very often asked to speak about the foreign policy aspects and there are some key important foreign policy issues before us.
There are many foreign policy issues on the agenda, but we are not going to address any of those international challenges unless we get it right at home. And it’s not right at home right now, and the American people know it.
Americans who come here from other places to be a part of that belief that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things, which is why we need an immigration policy that works. But, by the way, we need one that the Congress and the president work out together, and we need to do something about access to education.
America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect, and we’re going to do it again. We’re going to strengthen ourselves, our democracy at home, we’re going to strengthen our economy, we’re going to do it with great leadership like the people in this room and like Governor Mitt Romney, who will be a terrific president.
Rice, sources tell Capitol Hill Blue, is on Romney’s “short list” for a running mate.