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Rice denies VP aspirations

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Associated Press - April 8, 2008 1:43 PM ET

STATE DEPARTMENT (AP) - Condoleezza Rice says she has definite plans after her years as secretary of state, but they don't include being vice president.

Rice says she has no aspirations to join John McCain on the Republican presidential ticket this fall.

At a State Department news conference today, Rice praised McCain, the presumed GOP nominee, as "an extraordinary American" and "outstanding leader." But she says she's looking forward to going back to California -- and observing the campaign as a voter.

Rice had previously been a professor at Stanford University and served as provost.

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