Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has no recollection of an awkward conversation in which former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says political consultant Karl Rove once introduced Rice as a prospect for California governor, her office said this afternoon.
According to the Associated Press, Schwarzenegger says in his forthcoming book that Rove predicted the 2003 gubernatorial recall election would never happen and introduced Rice, who was then national security adviser, to him as his pick for governor in 2006.
Rice's office said this afternoon that Rice does not recall any conversation about her interest in the office.
"Dr. Rice has no recollection of any conversation on this subject," Georgia Godfrey, Rice's chief of staff, said in an email. "She has stated many times in the past that she has no desire to run for public office and those sentiments have still not changed."
Rice, a professor at Stanford University, was among those rumored as a potential vice presidential candidate this year, but she repeatedly said she was not interested. She remains a favorite among California Republicans, however - many holding out hope she may run.
Schwarzenegger's book, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," comes out Monday.