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Report: Condi Rice front-runner for Romney veep pick
The Hill ^ | July 13, 2012 | Justin Sink

Posted on 07/12/2012 7:57:31 PM PDT by CutePuppy

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has emerged as a front-runner for Mitt Romney's vice presidential nomination, according to a report Thursday by the Drudge Report. ..... < snip >

..... But during that same interview, Rice downplayed speculation that she would be chosen as Romney's running mate.

I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elective office, Rice told CBS This Morning on Tuesday.

The former Secretary of State said the Republican candidate had a deep bench of more willing candidates to choose from.

I'm saying there is no way I will do this, because it's really not me, I know my strengths. Gov. Romney needs to find someone who wants to run with him, Rice said. There are many people who will do it very, very well, and I'll support the ticket.

When CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose pressed Rice, noting she hadn't technically said she wouldn't accept the offer to be vice president, she was more definitive.

It's not going to happen - and no, she said. ..... < snip >

(Excerpt) Read more at mobile.thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; condi; condirice; notrunning; rice; rice2012; romney2012
Sounds pretty definitive. Besides, I don't think she likes Romney all that much, to carry water for him.
1 posted on 07/12/2012 7:57:41 PM PDT by CutePuppy
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To: CutePuppy

Picking her because she’s black and female is just affirmative action, which I find repugnant. No thanks. We can do better.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 8:05:47 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: CutePuppy; Astronaut

Last month she made it perfectly clear that she served under GW Bush by request and saw that as a call to duty. But, she has absolutely no interest in running for elective office and especially for campaigning.


3 posted on 07/12/2012 8:08:48 PM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: CutePuppy

Bad idea, she failed miserably for W, she doesn’t have what it takes.

Plus, race and gender pandering, he can do better.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 8:09:50 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: CutePuppy

I’m hoping this is a trial balloon to steal attention from Bambi and somehow play the “I’m not a racist” card. The timing is just too suspicious to do this now. If he wanted to choose Condi, why not announce it at the NAACP convention. That would make some heads explode.


5 posted on 07/12/2012 8:27:31 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: CutePuppy

I, for one, would like this ...

But Satah Palin she ain’t.


6 posted on 07/12/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: CutePuppy

I hope she’s ready for the scrutiny and ridicule she would have to endure. She’s not married is she? That would be unusual not to have a 2nd Lady or Man.


7 posted on 07/12/2012 8:43:49 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: CutePuppy
She would be a diaster!

The pick has to come from a crucial battleground State.

Maybe Santorum?

8 posted on 07/12/2012 8:44:55 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: CutePuppy

Frankly, I think this is a ploy by the media to take down Romney some. He’ll have to eventually deny the report, and then the media will say it proves the NAACP was right to boo him.


9 posted on 07/12/2012 8:55:41 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Astronaut
Totally agree with you, Astronaut. There are too many good candidates out there than to pick someone because of race and gender. Besides, as Mark Levin pointed out, if she were on the ticket, the Obama machine would constantly berate the Bush administration. We CAN do better.
10 posted on 07/12/2012 8:57:58 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Astronaut

“We can do better.”

Just one question to ask, did she vote for obama? This will be the biggst blunder in American history and it will be time to start thinking about packing up and shagging @ss outta here.


11 posted on 07/12/2012 8:59:41 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: Seajay

Condoleezza Rice Won’t Reveal Who She’s Voting For in November 2008 (and I don’t think it was for McCain/Palin)

http://youtu.be/CPdPYX1Hv8E


12 posted on 07/12/2012 9:05:12 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Astronaut

First off, let’s not pretend that any choice by Romney would not have some sort of poltical element involved. It’s called politics for a reason so, grow-up and stay focused.

If Condi Rice got picked, she would be a fine choice by Romney. She’s well spoken, has strong opinions, is sharp as hell, knows how to mix it up, and she will also help the GOP shed its unfair image as ‘a racist white-man’s’ club.

You must remember that President Obama is not trying to win this election from the center. He’s obviously trying to win it by going big for the minority vote including blacks, latino’s and asians. He’s also going big for women. If you’ve been watching this strategy has been pretty obvious. There is risk in this strategy because if Romney can peal off a good percentage of minority voters and women, Obama becomes very vulnerable.

Enter Condi Rice.

In my opinion, Rice would not only be a wise choice and an excellent face of the GOP but, her insertion onto the ticket would also be exellent politics on Romney’s side

I for one am getting tired of being affectively labeled ‘racist’ by the elitist liberal left. Do you want to win this thing or don’t you?


13 posted on 07/12/2012 9:14:27 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: Astronaut
Condi has a pretty impressive resume....we could do worse....

mainly, we just need to GET RID OF bamey....

14 posted on 07/12/2012 9:19:44 PM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: cameraeye
can you honestly blame a black American for voting for the first sorta black president?......you can be sure that Mormons will vote enmasse for Romney strictly because he's Mormon, and Catholics voted for Kennedy for the same reasons....

that was last time....I don't blame them...but now they had their fling, he was a disaster and I hope they don't vote racial politics this time around...it will be very telling if they do....

15 posted on 07/12/2012 9:23:00 PM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: CutePuppy
Of course, Van Jones and the redistributionists would like to pick the Republican candidate for VP. Wasn't that what so-called "progressives" did when they "picked" McCain as the opponent in 2008?

In order to win, Romney needs to understand and be able to articulate the ideas Allen West understands and is able to articulate--that the battle is between the ideas of individual freedom and the ideas of slavery to government.

To have the necessary enthusiasm in the base, among those who understand those ideas and will fight to preserve liberty for posterity, he must pick a running mate who excites and has a passion for Creator-endowed life, liberty, and rights, and recognizes the Constitution's limits on power.

Rice can serve well in a cabinet position, if she wishes to return to government, but she has shown no capacity for leading the battle of ideas. Besides, she shows no desire to engage in that battle either.

16 posted on 07/12/2012 9:35:18 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: CutePuppy

This cannot POSSIBLY be true. She would be a dreadful choice. Just dreadful.

I know a lot of folks like her a lot, I like her too, pretty much. But she’s no tea-partier, she’s got “BUSH” written all over her, she’ll bring nobody with her who wouldn’t vote for Romney anyway.

I just can’t believe Rice will be the veep pick.


17 posted on 07/12/2012 9:37:26 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Mustangman

“I for one am getting tired of being affectively labeled ‘racist’ by the elitist liberal left. Do you want to win this thing or don’t you?”

Condi’s not a good choice for that. The elitist liberal left considers her a “Bush right-winger” and minority libs have even less charitable names for her. Most conservatives won’t consider her an improvement on the ticket either. Besides, Communist Van Jones thinks it’d be a great move for Romney to choose her to shock the NAACP. What a recommendation.

The Left will call us racist no matter what. What I’M tired of is public conservatives not having the stones to ridicule ANYone on the Left (even minority Libs) every time they use the race card and point out all the ways it’s a stupid and ridiculous charge.


18 posted on 07/12/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: cherry

“can you honestly blame a black American for voting for the first sorta black president?..”

The first time, maybe not. But for a second term?

You BETCHA.


19 posted on 07/12/2012 9:43:13 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: Astronaut

to me
this is a no brainer
kaisch
ohio
base
christian evangelicals
budget expertise
great campaigner
tons of energy
no one is close


20 posted on 07/12/2012 9:43:40 PM PDT by genghis
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To: llandres
I have always liked Condi and her personal story is very impressive. I know that she was genuinely fond of and loyal to GWB. I loved GWB, too. Even though he was not a perfect POTUS, he was the right man in that role in the aftermath of 9/11, but I, for one, will be very surprised if Mitt were to pick Condi. When Obama has spent the last three and a half years blaming his own incompetence on Bush, why in the world would Romney pick as VP such a prominent member of the Bush administration? In addition, after his very successful speech at the NAACP in which he spoke to them as if he did not see the color of their skin as their most important characteristic, why would he risk being accused of pandering by picking not only a black VP but a woman? I think he is too smart for that. I know that picking someone to help carry a region of the country or a certain state is “out of vogue”, but Condi certainly would not help in that regard since she now lives in CA.
21 posted on 07/12/2012 10:16:32 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Mustangman

If he picks anyone other than Rubio he’s a fool. Rice will not attract any significant black votes. She will not sway women.


22 posted on 07/12/2012 10:20:54 PM PDT by Jake8898
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To: Mustangman

If he picks anyone other than Rubio he’s a fool. Rice will not attract any significant black votes. She will not sway women.


23 posted on 07/12/2012 10:21:02 PM PDT by Jake8898
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The kiss of death. It won’t get Romney ten Black votes. But she’s pro-abortion: hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of pro-life voters, myself included, will stay home. If he picks her, its because he doesn’t really want to win.


24 posted on 07/12/2012 10:23:04 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: CutePuppy

I love Condi to death but she is too cultured and genteel to run for elective office. Make her Ambassador to the UN (if we just have to have one).


25 posted on 07/12/2012 10:26:11 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: Lx
Condi is by far smarter than any other V.P. hopeful.
She did a great job for our country so far,

I would like to see either Rubio or Ryan but she would be great to,

26 posted on 07/12/2012 10:38:34 PM PDT by factmart
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To: CutePuppy

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27 posted on 07/12/2012 10:50:46 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: CutePuppy

rice was despised by blacks for being associated with the GOP and Bush. why do it again. get someone like Allen West in there. He’s tough, he fights back and he’s un-afraid. i know the vetting process will be a bastard for him and he’ll get attacked left and right, but he knows how to handle himself. we need a little fire on that ticket!IMHO.


28 posted on 07/13/2012 5:28:35 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: CutePuppy

Rice would be a very bad choice because she is pro abortion and she didn’t do such a hot job for W.


29 posted on 07/13/2012 5:45:40 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: CutePuppy

She’s super qualified, but I don’t think she’s solidly in the Conservative camp. I never have felt she was.

It’s just a visceral feeling I have in my gut that minority candidates (any minority) have to strive twice as hard and demonstrate twice as commitment, if they want to pass for Conservatives.

There are way too many temptations for them to ‘make their career’ by yanking a rabbit out of a hat and shocking everyone with some last minute and wholly unexpected ‘about-face’!!!

As a prime example, Powell has tap-danced around like this for decades, to the point where he has made himself totally irrelevant and can be believed and trusted by NO ONE.

The massive political capital he COULD have accumulated was squandered by his perpetual and selfish insistence on riding the fence


30 posted on 07/13/2012 6:21:49 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Mike Darancette

“Make her Ambassador to the UN (if we just have to have one).”

I respectfully disagree. Make John Bolton that (or Sec. of State). He sees the UN for the dangerously anti-America/Israel, pro-terrorist organization it is, and he has no problem standing up to it.

Condi is cultured, genteel and nice, I grant you, but she is a RINO and a globalist in her views. After the extreme damage BHO has done to us in the world, we need patriots with brave hearts who won’t hesitate to stand up for American exceptionalistm AND our ally Israel’s important role for peace and safety in the world.


31 posted on 07/13/2012 6:37:20 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: Kevmo

Good Grief - there are some winning choices out there, but Portman, Rice, Ayotte, Thune or Pawlenty would ALL be the kiss of death. IMO. I don’t like Christie overall (pro-Islam RINO), but strangely, he’d be pretty popular - no, I’m NOT recommending him.

We have a big enough challenge as it is with Mittens as the BHO challenger. VP choice is more important than usual, in this case.


32 posted on 07/13/2012 6:48:59 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: llandres

RINO is an intellectually lazy term. I’d like Boulton at Sec State.


33 posted on 07/13/2012 6:50:40 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: cherry

“Condi has a pretty impressive resume....we could do worse...mainly, we just need to GET RID OF bamey...”

Yes, getting rid of BHO is Job 1, and that’s why, unfortunately, Romney’s VP pick is inordinately critical this election. We do NOT need to be fighting GW Bush again this election (i.e. w/a Condi pick) on top of Mitten’s other weaknesses and liabilities. We DO need a superior and passionate communicator (if MR wants to win badly enough to keep his ego/need to be “the star” from clouding his judgment) and of the names “they’re” considering, Rubio would be the wisest choice.

Portman and Pawlenty are too milquetoast/bland/boring to win mass votes. Ryan is very sharp & articulate but he’s mainly a numbers guy and the left have painted him as heartless. Christie can be fiery and gutsy, but his size will turn off the millions of superficial, young voters (not to mention that most of US don’t want him for RINO and pro-Islam reasons).

Good, well-spoken conservatives like Rand Paul or Allen West? Won’t happen. Ditto with Newt or Palin.

It’s a terrible problem with MR as our nominee apparent, and we don’t know just how stupid his campaign is (but it’s not looking good so far).


34 posted on 07/13/2012 9:12:01 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: SMARTY

“The massive political capital he COULD have accumulated was squandered by his perpetual and selfish insistence on riding the fence”

What an understatement - he endorsed BHO, for God’s sake. After learning most of his views and statements over time, I can’t believe he hasn’t already changed parties!


35 posted on 07/13/2012 9:21:18 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: CutePuppy

lol


36 posted on 07/13/2012 9:22:21 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Mike Darancette

“RINO is an intellectually lazy term. I’d like Boulton at Sec State.”

If one believes in the “legs of the stool” of traditional Republicanism as Reagan described, RINO is a succinct and clear term.

I’ve long said Bolton would be an excellent Sec. of State - but I know his views on the UN and his knowledge of its inner workings when he was temporary Ambassador to the UN - he’d be good at that as well.


37 posted on 07/13/2012 9:27:39 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: llandres

RINO is too subjective a term and I believe that the legs of the stool refer to conservatism.


38 posted on 07/14/2012 6:50:45 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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