Condoleezza Rice Visits MississippiBy Daniel Cherry | Published 17 Apr 2012 11:00pm |
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a stop in Mississippi yesterday. MPB's Daniel Cherry caught up with the once top diplomat after speaking to students at Mississippi College.
After speaking to about 200 students last night at Mississippi College in Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State weighed in on issues affecting Mississippians. When asked about America's economic climate, Rice says the federal government should lower taxes and restrictions on businesses to attract them back to the U.S. But she says states like Mississippi are poised to compete for manufacturing industry.
"I actually applaud this. You're getting competition among the states even when national policy is not very favorable. My state of California has done nothing but lose manufacturing, so there's a real opportunity for states like Mississippi to put together plans and programs to bring industry here. I'm all for it. If California can't get it together, Mississippi should.
As Secretary of State, Rice was in charge of reaching out to countries all across the world on behalf of the United States. Rice says immigrants from other countries will play a role in economic recovery here in the U.S., and states like Mississippi should be careful with how they craft immigration reform.
"I'd be very careful that immigrants haven't become the enemy. Look, I understand the frustration with the fact that we can't seem to get a comprehensive immigration reform nationally, and I understand why the states are frustrated. But the thing that has made the United States special is that we have attracted the best and brightest, the most ambitious people from all over the world."
Since leaving office, Rice now teaches political science, public policy and political economy at Stanford University.
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