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Veep Poll: Condi Wins!

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Posted on Apr 19, 2012
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Voters in a recent poll favor Condoleezza Rice to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Mitt Romney’s got some lady troubles. Specifically, he’s been having so much difficulty connecting with female voters that he has had to enlist his wife Ann to speak out on most—if not all—matters relating to women.

Who better then for Romney to choose as a running mate than a woman? It’s almost a no-brainer. And thankfully, voters seem to approve of the idea. A new vice presidential poll shows Republicans and conservative-leaning independents favor former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be Romney’s running mate. Condi beat out the likes of Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie in the CNN/ORC International survey, topping it with 26 percent.

Poll aside, there’s already a slight hitch to this VP scenario. Rice has said she doesn’t want the job, regardless of the impact she could have on the Republican presidential ticket. —TEB

New York magazine:

Rice hasn’t been considered a very plausible contender in the Mitt Romney veepstakes so far, and perhaps with good reason. Rice was a central figure in the Bush administration, particularly in terms of homeland security and foreign policy, which are most prominently defined by the worst terrorist attack in American history and a widely unpopular war, respectively. And if the Obama campaign decides to portray a potential Romney presidency as a retread of the Bush years, putting one of Bush’s closest advisers on the ticket would be a big help. Rice has also repeatedly, and as recently as yesterday, denied interest in joining Romney’s ticket, although that’s something everyone says, whether it’s true or not.

Bush taint aside, though, Rice seems to be exactly what Romney needs. She’s a woman, and, as has been well-documented, women voters aren’t very fond of Romney, even after Hillary Rosen said that mean thing about his wife. (She’s also black, although we doubt her inclusion on the ticket would shift the black vote away from Obama in any substantial way.) She’s obviously qualified and knowledgeable, so Romney won’t have to worry about another Sarah Palin situation. Romney could also use some help firing up his own Republican base, and as the CNN poll shows, they’re big fans of Rice, ill-conceived wars notwithstanding. Also, and perhaps most importantly: Alliteration.

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By heterochromatic, April 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

catchy, very catchy.

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By Mekhong Kurt, April 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

I burst out laughing at the article’s closing line—“Also, and perhaps most importantly: Alliteration”—and my first thought after reading it:

GOP campaign theme: “Rice-a-Romney—a real American treat!”

LOL!

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By Marshall, April 21, 2012 at 12:10 am Link to this comment

By SoTexGuy, April 20 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

“She needs to be elected to the Vice Presidency to shield herself from prosecution
for her crimes during the Bush Administration.”

Right - all those crimes she’s currently being indicted for.

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By heterochromatic, April 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

——You’re kidding, right? Rice was totally incompetent as both a national security
adviser and as Secretary of State.—-

not quite totally incompetent, but her main qualification was not having any power
base or another appetite or ability to challenge Cheney/ Rumsfeld and co.

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By MickNamVet, April 20, 2012 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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You’re kidding, right? Rice was totally incompetent as both a national security adviser and as Secretary of State.  There is not one thing she achieved in either capacity, save helping Shrub keep in shape with daily gym workouts.  She deliberately ignored the dire warnings for 9/11, and she did nothing about the Arab-Israeli conflict.  She’s competent at the piano, but by no means a prodigy there either.  She speaks Russian.  Big shlemiel!

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By prisnersdilema, April 20, 2012 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

The idea that Rice, one of the architects, of our defeat, in Iraq, and our swindling by
the military industrial complex there as well, is an absolute nightmare.

Her popularity provides a kind of testimony to just how crazy conservatives are.

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By SoTexGuy, April 20, 2012 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

She needs to be elected to the Vice Presidency to shield herself from prosecution for her crimes during the Bush Administration. Maybe the next Republican President will preemptively pardon that whole gang anyway.

Adios!

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By diamond, April 20, 2012 at 12:18 am Link to this comment

It’s official. The Republicans have a death wish. Go Condi go! With you slung around his neck like the proverbial albatross, Romney has no chance of winning. And that’s how I like it. This is what I hate about the right - they have absolutely no sense of humour.

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By Marshall, April 20, 2012 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

By vector56, April 19 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

I think there’s truth to what you say and it points to the sudden urgency America felt in needing to give the presidency to someone of color regardless of his experience.  At least in the case of Condi, she’d be taking office having already been in a seat of power at the federal level.

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By heterochromatic, April 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

vec—you REALLY think that the Repubs are much more likely to nominate Rice
than Angela davis?


and neither one would beat Obama in Nov

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By jo6pac, April 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

Amazing I guess they didn’t learn anything the first time, its like Ground Hog Day in Amerika

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By heterochromatic, April 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

what a super-funky duo.

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By vector56, April 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

Talk about a “twofer”; a Black Woman.

Personally, I think the Republicans should have ran Rice as the first Black Woman candidate for president, odds are she would have beaten Obama.

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