Turns out Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might be interested in being John McCain’s vice president after all”¦ despite her numerous claims in recent years that she has no plans to run for office.
Republican strategist and former Bush aide Dan Senor stirred the pot yesterday, when he told ABC news that Rice has been “activelyï¿½? campaigning for the number two slot in recent weeks. Senor says that she’s been cozying up to the Republican elite, like an appearance before Grover Norquist’s group of economic conservatives. Senor suggests Rice’s experience would make her a prime candidate and the McCain campaign wouldn’t need to waste time introducing her to the American people.
When asked about Rice’s lobbying for the job, McCain said he “missed those signalsï¿½?, but went on to compliment Rice, calling her a “great Americanï¿½? and adding that there’s very little but “utmost praiseï¿½? he can give for someone who served as a role model to millions of people around the world. Right.
One little problem: McCain has been critical of the way the Bush administration has handled the war in Iraq and said Rice, who was national security adviser for the first year and half, bears some responsibility for that.
Some would suggest McCain would have to be crazy to put anyone associated with the Bush administration on his ticket, that it will only lend to the Democrats’ argument against a third Bush term. But having an African-American woman on the ticket could make things really interesting in the general election against either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
The State Department today denied Rice is interested in the job,saying that if she’s actively seeking the position, “she’s the last one to know about it.ï¿½?
Here’s my question to you: Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if Condoleezza Rice is his running mate?