Republicans and the right-wing media are raving about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice doesn't seem to share their enthusiasm.

In a weekend interview with CNN, Rice stopped just short of fully endorsing Palin for vice president.

In a less-than-hearty endorsement, Rice declined to say anything more positive about Palin than "she gave a terrific speech" and "she's a governor of a state here in the United States" during her interview with Zain Verjee of CNN.

Asked point-blank if Palin has enough experience, Rice said, "These are decisions that Senator McCain has made. I have great confidence in him." Confidence in Palin? Rice didn't say.

Rice added: "I'm not going to get involved in this political campaign. As Secretary of State, I don't do that. But I thought her speech was wonderful." (Source)