SECRETARY RICE: So I do see things getting better in the West Bank. I don't see things getting better in Gaza. And I think that -
QUESTION: But that's my point, that you're isolating Gaza --
SECRETARY RICE: No.
QUESTION: -- and it's doing worse.
SECRETARY RICE: No, but --
QUESTION: Why is that?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, because Gaza is doing worse because Hamas is isolating Gaza and Hamas is a stranglehold on Gaza.
QUESTION: But isn't that collective punishment on the people of Gaza and not on Hamas?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, the problem is
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Hamas is the one that made the bad choice. This was not a bad choice that the United States or Europe or anybody else made; Hamas made the bad choice.
SECRETARY RICE: I think the problem there is that one could never trust that Iran would stick to the deal. And the reason that nobody— and that includes Russia, China— wants Iran to have enrichment and reprocessing of any kind on its territory is because nobody trusts them not to cheat.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE PERFECT FOR VICE-PRESIDENT
QUESTION: If John McCain were to ask you to be his vice presidential candidate -- look, he needs somebody younger, he needs somebody who can help him with women. You're perfect.
SECRETARY RICE: John McCain is a terrific patriot and he's a good friend and he would be a superb President, but
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SECRETARY RICE: No, no, no. Eight years is long enough. I don't need another job in government. ----------------
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