*Condoleezza Rice, who served as President George W. Bush’s secretary of state, is speaking out in defense of the GOP presidential ticket on women’s issues, saying the Romney-Ryan ticket will “respect” those who differ with them on those subjects.

“I would like to say to people that I am not always in agreement with everything that’s written in the Republican platform about social issues. But I know that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to respect the views of those who may disagree on these issues. They are going to take that into account,” she said Wednesday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

Rice dismissed rhetoric about a so-called Republican war on women as both presidential campaigns vie for the undecided female vote. Her comments came a day after Indiana GOP Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock came under fire for saying a pregnancy resulting from a rape is God’s will. Democrats immediately hit Romney for having endorsed the candidate, even though Romney distanced himself from Mourdock’s statement.

“I am quite comfortable that those who talk about a ‘war on women’ are not just engaging in hyperbole, I think it’s far worse than that,” she said. “It is condemning people who are going to be reasonable and who are going to take into account the views of whom they don’t agree.”