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Condi Rice: Obama Should 'Take the Message' Sent By Voters

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 12:35 PM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told "Fox & Friends" she hoped President Barack Obama understood voters were sending the message they wanted change by electing a wave of GOP candidates in Tuesday's midterm races.

"I hope that what he plans to do is to take the message that the American people don't like the course that we're on, and there has to be change," Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, said Thursday.

Obama would "have to work with Republicans" in a bipartisan fashion and not just "do the things that the president wants to do," Rice said, adding that he shouldn't bypass Congress and change immigration policy by executive order.

"We can't have a circumstance in which we are going after a problem as meddlesome, as potentially divisive as immigration by executive action only. This has to go through the people's representatives. That's our system. That's the Congress," she said.

Rice said she was "appalled" that Democrats used race in campaign ads and flyers against Republican candidates. Though the country was not "race blind," she said the U.S. remained "the best place on Earth to be a minority."

"The United States of America has made enormous progress in race relations," she said. "The idea that you would play such a card and try fear-mongering among minorities, just because you disagree with Republicans, that they're somehow all racist? I find it appalling. I find it insulting."

Rice said black youths should be encouraged, instead of "dumbing down in order to fit in," as Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott told Fox News on Wednesday was the choice minority youths faced.

Scott, who was appointed in 2013 to fill the seat left when former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint retired, is the first Republican African American to be elected to the Senate from the state.

"What are we doing to our kids when we tell them that their ethnic identity has to make them unsuccessful? That, to me, is really a racist thing to say," Rice said. "To my mind, the great thing about the United States of America is that you can be of any color, any ethnic group, any nationality, any religion, and you can have dreams and aspirations that are your own. And, then you can pursue them. That's what this country is about."

Rice said she was "a happy professor at Stanford," and was not planning on running for president in 2016, but added she was "very fond" of former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who is thought to be eyeing a presidential bid. However, Rice said she was "in a mode to listen and let people debate, and let's see who emerges and comes forward."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told "Fox & Friends" she hoped President Barack Obama understood voters were sending the message they wanted change by electing a wave of GOP candidates in Tuesday's midterm races.
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