Outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had high praise Monday for her designated successor, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and for President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. She told reporters in response to a question about Obama's choices for the two posts that the three women also have a link to Stanford University in California. "I know Senator Clinton very well," Rice said. "I have known her since she brought her freshman daugter (Chelsea) to Stanford when I was provost at Stanford." "She's someone of high intelligence, great integrity and in fact has what one needs most in this job which is a profound commitment to the United States, its interests, its values ... and so I think she will do a really very fine job as secretary of state."