Tampa, Fla. -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a strong defense of the interventionist policies championed by her one-time boss, President George W. Bush, as she made one of the few speeches about foreign policy at the Republican convention.
“The question of the hour,” she said, is “where does America stand?” When allies or foes ask that question, she said, “the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place.”
Republican leaders gave Rice one of the convention’s most prominent speaking slots – in prime time on the gathering’s second night – reflecting her widespread popularity. Although she is out of step with many Republicans on domestic issues, Rice has retained considerable popularity within the party and was greeted by a prolonged ovation at the outset of her speech.
But the fact that hers was one of the few speeches on foreign policy here reflects a notable political shift that has taken place in the current campaign. Foreign policy, which was an area of strength for Republicans for decades, has become an advantage for Obama.