Rice reluctant to say Palin has ‘enough experience’ on foreign policy.

In an interview with CNN’s Zain Verjee this weekend, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered “a less-than-hearty endorsement” of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s foreign policy experience. “She’s governor of a state here in the United States,” said Rice. Pressed if Palin has “enough experience to handle the kinds of things” she handles, Rice added that “there are different kinds of experiences in life that help one to deal with matters of foreign policy.” Watch it:

By comparison, Rice responded to Sen. Barack Obama’s pick of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate last month by saying that “Biden is obviously a very fine statesman.” Similarly to Rice, Vice President Dick Cheney offered only tepid praise for Palin’s potential, saying that “each administration’s different and there’s no reason why Sarah Palin can’t be a successful vice president.”

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