Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Republicans at the party’s convention Wednesday that the “American ideal” is “endangered” and said the country’s standing in the world depends on solving problems at home.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Rice said, is best qualified to “rebuild the foundation of our strength — the American economy.”

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality — that our leadership abroad and our well being at home are inextricably linked,” she said. “They know what needs to be done.”

“They will provide the answer to where does America stand?'” Rice said.

Without mentioning President Obama by name, Rice, who served under President George W. Bush, hit the current administration for “failed policies” that “cast a pall over the American recovery so desperately needed at home and abroad.”