By David Siders
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,a professor at Stanford University, was on the telephone last week as the Republican presidential caucuses got under way in Iowa. She answered questions about the presidential race and about California politics, where she is part of a group advocating tax changes. Following are excerpts of that conversation:
>Do you have somebody you would like to see win (the Republican primary)?
I have not endorsed in the primary, and I've felt that primary seasons are good for having everyone kind of run around the track and see where people stand and how they do. I've always believed that our system is probably a good one for testing people's mettle. So, I'm watching carefully. I'll obviously support the nominee.