From the New York Daily News:
On her plane flying to Jersualem yesterday, Rice called Biden a "statesman" and a "true patriot."
"I will just say that Sen. Biden is obviously a very fine statesman," Rice said. "He's a true patriot."
This comes on the heels of some nice words she's had for Obama. I remember talking to one plugged-in Republican earlier this year, right after Hendrick Hertzberg suggested Rice as a McCain running mate, who told me that was a non-starter, since McCain didn't care for Rice--and vice versa. Part of Rice's diplomacy toward the Democratic ticket is, of course, just that: the diplomacy you'd expect from a Secretary of State. But you do have to wonder if there's also something personal behind it.