DEL makes a point of following Sec. Rice's press conferences and public statements. I am, as noted before, a great fan of the Secretary of State. While the foreign press may have lined up for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential elections, 2008 may prove to be different.
Sec. Rice received a warm endorsement for a 2008 candidacy against Sen. Hillary Clinton with this exchange with Mr. Prasad of India's NDTV:
"MR. PRASAD: So it's a bit of a diplomatic question. But there is the question of whether you could possibly still run for U.S. President in 2008. It could be a fascinating contest, Hillary Clinton versus Condoleezza Rice.
SECRETARY RICE: I don't know how many ways to say I don't have any intention or desire to run for President of the United States. I never even ran for class president when I was in school. So I think I'll try to be a good Secretary of State.
MR. PRASAD: Well, we know you're an academic person, then you're a politician. And we tend to trust academics more than we trust politicians. But any possibility of changing your mind? I mean, how --
SECRETARY RICE: I'm going to go back and be an academic. Or, if the job is open, I'll maybe be NFL Commissioner, National Football League Commissioner, a job I very much want.
MR. PRASAD: National Football League Commissioner. That's the next goal?
SECRETARY RICE: That's the next goal, yes. "
NFL or the White House. Time will tell.
Update: MSNBC reports about the Indian media frenzy here.