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Condoleezza Rice is in demand.

The former secretary of state is scheduled as the keynote speaker at two upcoming events, including the California Republican Party's spring convention March 15 in Burlingame. The lunchtime speech comes as GOP Chairman Jim Brulte works to revive the party here and begin chipping away at the California Democratic Party's dominance.

"Secretary Rice is one of our most respected and popular leaders in our country and her personal story is a powerful example of strength, intelligence, and dignity," Brulte said in the announcement Thursday. "This is a terrific opportunity for our party members to spend time with a true pioneer of foreign policy and we're honored to have her join us."

Rice, who teaches at Stanford University, received praise from inside the party for the speech she gave at the Republican National Convention in 2012. She is expected to be a key voice for the party on economic inequality as the midterm elections approach.

On Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee chose Rice as its keynote speaker at the committee's annual fundraising dinner in March. In its statement, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said Rice's life embodies the American dream.

"From growing up in the Jim Crow-era south to traveling the world as the nation's top diplomat, she is living proof that our country is the land of opportunity," he said. "The House Republican majority is committed to ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to live a full and prosperous life--free from government intrusion. We look forward to hosting her and working with her to grow that majority in 2014."

PHOTO: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to the delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 29, 2012. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/ MCT)


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