LOS ANGELES — Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will endorse Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney for president Wednesday at a fundraiser in California, his campaign said.
Few details were provided about the West Coast event but Rice, the top US diplomat of president George W. Bush’s second term, will make her announcement at the fundraiser with Romney in attendance, a campaign official confirmed.
The endorsement would be largely ceremonial as Romney clinched his party’s nomination Tuesday night by winning enough delegates in the Texas primary to pass the delegate threshold.
Rice has been frequently mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Romney, and is someone who could lend foreign policy heft to the ticket.
As an African-American woman, she is seen as having the potential to blunt the advantages which President Barack Obama has in two important demographics.
Respondents of a CNN/ORC poll in April picked her as the top preference for Romney’s running mate, although she is said to be not interested in the job.
Earlier on Wednesday during an online chat with constituents, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley — herself a potential vice president candidate — said Rice was among her top recommendations for a Romney running mate.
“Whoever governor Romney chooses will be part of a dream team. My preference would be (Louisiana Governor) Bobby Jindal or Condi Rice,” Haley wrote.
Rice, 57, is currently on the faculty of Stanford University, just south of San Francisco, California.