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Condi and Hillary

From NBC's Libby Leist
Condoleezza Rice
refused to answer questions today about her likely successor as Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton.

Asked about Clinton's apparent lock on the job at a press conference today, Rice laughed and said, "I'm going to give President-elect Obama the courtesy of waiting until he makes an announcement. And I've heard some -- some names of some great people, and I think that the department and the country will be in good hands"

Rice would also not comment on her relationship with Hillary Clinton.  But spokesman Sean McCormack reminded NBC that Rice and Clinton go back a long time. Rice hosted then-first lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea for lunch at Stanford when Chelsea was looking at colleges in 1996. Rice was provost at the university at the time.

McCormack added Rice has a lot of respect for how the Clintons raised Chelsea.