Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is endorsing North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate, arguing that the Republican would be a leader in Washington.
“America faces challenges both at home and abroad,” Rice said in a statement released Friday by the Tillis campaign. “We need leaders in Washington to address these issues head on.”
Another former secretary of state — Hillary Clinton — has been in North Carolina in recent days campaigning with Tillis’ opponent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).
Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, is currently a professor at Stanford University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee.
“Thom Tillis is an effective leader who can work across the aisle to solve problems and make our government more accountable to the people,” Rice added. “I encourage you to join me in supporting Thom Tillis on November 4th.”
With less than a week away Tillis and Hagan are locked in a tight race, with the Real Clear Politics Average finding the race with Hagan a lead of about a single percentage point.