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Reading significance into a speaker’s speech can be a hard task. And it can be harder if there really is no significance beyond the obvious. But that’s not stopped some commentators delving into the meaning and significance of recent Condoleezza Rice speeches by the former Secretary of State. Her recent speeches in Utah and Atlanta have fuelled speculation that she might be considered a suitable running mate for Presidential contender, Mitt Romney.

Condoleezza Rice Speeches
Condoleezza Rice Speeches Start Running Mate Speculation

That’s quite a claim when you consider that her speech in Utah, to an audience of Republican party donors, was behind closed doors. No press. No video and no transcripts.

Condoleezza Rice Speeches Provide Some Clues

But her speech in Atlanta to an audience of personnel managers, only a few days later, was more public. So there’s a recording and a helpful transcript.

Her Atlanta speech displayed her years of experience in international affairs. That might be useful in a Vice President for Mitt Romney. We can remember the last time that this decision was made. The world at large was introduced to Sarah Palin. What a difference a few years make.

But her speech also signalled some interest in reforms to immigration policy. That might prove to be a sticking point with Mitt Romney, if Ms Rice is to be a serious contender for the role of Vice President candidate.

Whether she’s serious or not is anyone’s guess right now. But these Condoleezza Rice speeches just might be a clue.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Now based in London, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK.

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