Condoleezza Rice tapped to address state, national Republicans

The Sacramento BeeJanuary 16, 2014 

Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled as the keynote speaker at two upcoming events, including the California Republican Party's spring convention March 15 in Burlingame. The lunchtime speech comes as GOP Chairman Jim Brulte works to revive the party here and begin chipping away at the California Democratic Party's dominance.

"Secretary Rice is one of our most respected and popular leaders in our country and her personal story is a powerful example of strength, intelligence, and dignity," Brulte said in the announcement Thursday. "This is a terrific opportunity for our party members to spend time with a true pioneer of foreign policy and we're honored to have her join us."

Rice, who teaches at Stanford University, received praise from inside the party for the speech she gave at the Republican National Convention in 2012. She is expected to be a key voice for the party on economic inequality as the midterm elections approach.

On Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee chose Rice as its keynote speaker at the committee's annual fundraising dinner in March.

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