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April 7th, 2008
04:53 PM ET

Condoleezza Rice as V.P.?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

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 "actively" 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 signals”, but went on to compliment Rice, calling her a "great American" and adding that there's very little but "utmost praise" 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."

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?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Terry from Hanover, Virginia writes:
Less likely. Ms. Rice is the same woman who didn't bother to read the intelligence reports on Al Qaeda until 9/12/2001. She's part of the worst administration in the history of the United States. If she's McCain's VP, come November we'll see the closest thing to a unanimous election for president - for the Democrats!

John writes:
Less. Now Colin Powell is a secretary of state who I could see as a running mate!

Terry from Austin, Texas writes:
There is no way. McCain is already Bush II, and with Rice, NO WAY. She has done nothing for this country; all she has been is a servant to Bush.

Mark from Berwyn, Pennsylvania writes:
If Hillary is his opponent, I'll vote for McCain regardless of his VP running mate. But if Obama is the Dem candidate, I would need Condi on the ticket to vote for McCain over Obama. My hope would be that McCain retires after one term and Condi is the president for the next 8 years.

Elizabeth from Harwich, Massachusetts writes:
Every time I see Condoleezza Rice I remember the “mushroom cloud” she told us was threatening.

Bob from Centerville, Ohio writes:
I would be equally apt to vote for a McCain/Rice ticket as I would a McCain/Limbaugh ticket.

Marie from Charleston, S.C. writes:
I think she is well-qualified to be VP or President, should she want to do that one day. That being said, there is almost nothing that would make me vote for the party that has given us the last 7 years and, in particular, for a person (in Condoleezza Rice) who is key to the current administration.

Bonnie writes:
Jack, I wouldn't vote for John McCain if you were his running mate. And I like you (most of the time). Condoleezza Rice is another Bush robot. Not what we need after 8 years of Bushies. She has done nothing to help the image of the U.S. and more to destroy it.


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soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. Colleen, Chicago, IL

    LESS!!! She has been such a fervent supporter of Bush and his vendetta against Saddam Hussein, I don't want her anywhere near the White House.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  2. John Kelty

    More of the same. NO. I would be less likely to vote for anything similar to the current administration.

    San Francisco, CA

    April 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    Jack,
    I wouldn't vote for John McCain if you were his running mate. And I like you (most of time). Condoleeza Rice is another Bush robot. Not what we need after 8 years of Bushies. She has done nothing to help the image of the USA and more to destroy it.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Paul

    Jack,
    No. Condi and McCain will be twins of deception. Remember, Condi was security adviser when we invaded Irak. She was more than a cheerleader. She is one of the reasons why we are in Irak , lost more than 4000 precious lives and 12 billions every month. Let him pick her to confirm the Bush's third term.

    Chantilly, Virginia

    April 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  5. Marie, Charleston, SC

    I think she is well qualified to be VP or President, should she want to do that one day. That being said, there is almost nothing that would make me vote for the party that has given us the last 7 years and, in particular, for a person (in Condeleeza Rice) who is key to the current administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  6. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    Less likely. She messed up real bad with the pre 9/11 report and security advisor, and we haven't had so few allies in a long time since she became secretary of state.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Carol c.

    Surely even the "die hard" republicans will not want her as a VP candidate. As a democrat I would love it because it would seal the four more years of the same as she is so involved in the Bush failed administration.

    Good idea–pick her!

    Carol
    Knoxville, TN

    April 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  8. Jim Galvin

    That question is like asking the voters if they would be more or less likely to vote for a Daffy Duck – Bugs Bunny ticket.

    Reality wanes, Jack. And two weeks to go before some real news starts coming out of somewhere.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Peggy, St. Louis

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Sorry, I can't stop laughing. McCain/Rice would be a dream ticket - for the Democrats!!! Adding Rice to the Republican ticket would only serve to remind voters about all of Bush's failed policies!!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  10. Terry in Hanover, VA

    Less likely. Ms. Rice is the same woman who didn't bother to read the intelligence reports on Al Qaeda until 9/12/2001. She's part of the worst Administration in the history of the United States. If she's McCain's VP, come November we'll see the closest thing to a unanimous election for President - for the Democrats!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  11. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Jack, this is it. Having a candidate who can't spell economy correctly and instead supports an unjustified and unending war that is dooming our economy is serious. Having the Proponent and strategist of the war and part author of the economic woes join him is intolerable. A combination of McCain and Rice? how bad can it get. Relocating to Iraq isn't such a bad idea after all. I predict that such a combination would drive up enlistment in the army because people will use any opportunity to ship out and perhaps Iraq and afghanistan would be prime locations. Isnt that called, "Following the money".

    April 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  12. Karen - Branson

    No

    April 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Fred

    I wouldnt care, Its not like she would gain the Black vote for the Republican Party. However, I do think that it would be an easier pill to swallow for African Americans if somehow the Democrats lose in November and McCain doesnt make it through hs term. God Forbid.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Nuwan Sam

    No way. She is a smart woman but lack the qualities that this country need from a leader. Anyway, I don't think she is interested in that position.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  15. David NH

    Although I do believe that women as well as African Americans should be considered for the presidency, C. Rice just like H. Clinton are not the women to lead this charge.
    Had you asked my opinion on my choice for the first, "Madam President" my answer without reservation would have been Nancy Pelosi.
    By the way, feel free to forward her name to Obama as his VP choice!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I will not vote for McCain, regardless, and if Obama is our nominee I will vote for our state contests but not for president. It is extremely doubtful that McCain would put Rice on his ticket because it would affirm the Dems' claim that this would indeed be the Third Bush term.

    But even if she were McCain's VP, they would still win because the Dems simply refuse to run someone who can beat them. After 37 years I am changing my party registration to Independent – I have had enough of this!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Taj

    No way. No Republican President this time. Condi ? Forget it.
    CA

    April 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  18. John from Chicago

    Jack im sick of the Bush administration. They have failed the American people in so many ways. That includes Condoleeza Rice, shes part of the Bush gang. I will never vote or support her.

    – former republican

    April 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  19. David Kinney from Lexington, NC

    I would vote for a McCain – Rice ticket in a heartbeat! I am currently supporting Hillary; however, Rice would throw me to the Republicans. Anyone with more experience than Obama.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Stan

    Not a smart move to add Condi to McCain's ticket. All those lies she told in the lead up to the Iraq invasion and the lies she told the 911 commission would hurt his chances. The only people she has represented during her short tenure in government are oil industry interests, not ours.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  21. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Condoleeza Rice has been a key fixture in the abomination that has been the bush/cheney administration. She has been a total and abject failure as secretary of state. She should be tried and convicted along with the rest of them. McCain would be making a grave mistake if he chooses anyone from this White House to be his V.P. running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Chuck - Plain City, Ohio

    McCain is going to have enough trouble distancing himself from the Bush administration as it is; let alone having to try to explain why she ignored a memo stating that the terrorist were going to attack via the airlines a few months before 9/11. Anyone part of the Bush Administration should never be allowed to work in government again. They've all proven themselves to be incompetent bafoons! Let her go back to Stanford and teach a class on "How to Run your Government into the Ground"

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Fred

    There is no difference, Its not like she would gain the Black vote for the Republican Party if she was on the ticket. Mostly all African Americans and Women are Democratic supporters. This would be a major play of the gender and race card if true. However, I do think that it would be an easier pill to swallow for African Americans if somehow the Democrats lose in November and McCain doesnt make it through his term. God Forbid.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  24. Chuck in Alabama

    The media is finally picking up on this? She's been being groomed for this from day one. Note her meteoric rise to power. The Republicans have known they will need the black vote to win should a black or a female ever get the Democratic nomination. Candi is a shoo in if she wants the job. Bet this scares the bejeesus out of Obama!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  25. Mike S., New Orleans

    Condoleeza Rice was in charge of national security on September 11th, 2001. Later, as Secretary of State, she has presided over both the Afganistan and Iraq foreign policy fiascos.

    It is only fitting that a failed National Security Advisor and a failed Secretary of State join McCain's campaign to continue the failed policies of a failed presidency.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Chris Swansea, MA

    John McCain would be nuts to associate himself with any of the Bushies. Condi's finger prints are all over this trillion dollar, resouce wasting, economy ruining, inocent life taking, fiasco in Iraq

    April 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  27. Keith Irving TX

    There's not a snowball chance in hell that I would vote for John Bomb Bomb Iran McCain, if the Pope was his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Patricia

    Jack,

    As a Democrat, I cannot deny that a McCain-Rice ticket would threaten our chances in the fall. Sadly, many people do not look beyond race and gender to make up their minds when deciding how they will vote.

    Condoleezza does not bring with her the baggage of Hillary, so she would be harder to attack. We can only hope that no matter who the nominees finally are, we have campaigns that focus on leadership style, actual positions and character. If that is the case, a McCain-and-anyone ticket will be a blip in our history and not a presidential reality.

    Patricia in Idaho

    April 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  29. Josh

    I already will never vote for McCain. Putting Rice on his ticket will make me glad I am not voting for him. Because Rice couldn't get her history straight, let alone really do very much as Secretary of State except photo-ops. Jack, McCain will lose no matter who he picks for V.P. because the last thing this country is another incompetent Republican warmonger which McCain is.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Brian

    Jack,

    I would see Rice as a huge setback for the McCain campaign. Whatever race, character or gender advantage Rice would give McCain would be negated by the fact that their ticket would be two pro-Iraq War Bush loyalists running in a year when Bush's approval rating is at staggeringly low levels.

    Brian
    Moscow, Idaho

    April 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  31. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    Wasn't Condoleezza a part of the Bush White House? How did she fit in with all of the disinformation provided to Congress on the Weapons of Mass Destruction and al Qaeda in Iraq? Secretary Rice will not influence my vote. After Newt and the Bush administration I will never vote for a Republican again; for any office. There would be one exception, convince me that she can solve the national debt, the money we owe to China, the money we owe to other country's.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Good grief! A double McSame. A candidate that wants to continue the worst presidential disaster in US history aided and abetted by the worst Secretary of State/National Security Advisor in US history – an advisor who advocated the worst and most ill-considered war in US history and who failed to prevent the 9/11 attack. If it is possible to create a worse situation for this country, this is the ticket. Unfortunately, 100 million brain dead citizens will think this is exactly what we need – A Bush Administration on steroids.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  33. Lance in Texas

    Jack, I am sure the Democrats are salivating at the possibility of having Secy. Rice on the ticket. I can see the campaign ads now as Ms. Rice flippantly repies in the congressional hearing :" I believe the report was titled 'Bin Laden determined to attack inside America..."

    April 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  34. dave, michigan

    Jack, come on man, that's politically suicide for John MCain with its "Third Bush Term" conitation. In better times good ticket, but not in the current political climate. The VP will be somebody, man or woman, with regional appeal in the swing states and an impecibile conservitive record, an economic background a plus. Anyway its John McCain, the poeple, in all there wisdom, will be voting for. How does that saying go " your votting for the president not the vice president after all"?????

    April 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  35. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    I don't plan for voting for McCain under any circumstances. Republicans probably think this would help them get AA votes, but it won't work. She is tied too closely to Bush's war and hasn't accomplished anyting during her tenure. As Donald Trump points out all he ever sees her do is get on and off planes smiling and waving with nothing to show for it.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Waterboarding might be the only thing to make me vote for John McCain or Condi Rice.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  37. Philadelphia

    According to the Peter Principle, everyone is promoted to their own level of incompetence. Condi "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" Rice has already surpassed her level of incompetence twice. Let's hope voters have more sense than Bush.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  38. Tom Smith, Madison, Wisconsin

    What an insult to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!
    After all she has done and then to USE her like this. John McCain should be ashamed.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  39. Leevaughn Brown

    Jack
    I am a African-American male who thinks that she only has her job because of the reasons people don't like affirmative action.
    As a role model for women and women of color she is great.

    As for V.P. what a joke! she was the worst NSA advisor to ever come down the pike, and the worst sec. of state we have ever had. She does nothing, helps nothing and ineffective at her job.

    She would be a insult to African-Americans as a way to court our vote.

    Lastly, it would signal that a McCain/Rice administration will continue
    the same course as Bush/Cheney. What a Lame idea!
    Cinti, Ohio

    April 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  40. JOHN IN LOUISIANA

    She would be a great choice and that should seal the deal fo McCain 08.

    I wonder what Geraldine Ferraro's comments would be. She is only on the ticket because.......

    April 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  41. bill goverman

    Studio City , CA. Hey Jack, I'd have to say less likely! Although a Obama supporter if Hillary were to get the nod then my vote was dangling like a hanging chad in McCains direction...however if Rice was on the ticket I'd be right back wwith the Clintons as you can lay so much of the blame for 9/11 right in Condi's lap...that as well as many of the current administrations blunders!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  42. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    In mathematical terms the probability that I would vote for McCain is 0.00000000000000000000000, If he were to add bush's enabler and half brain Rice to the ticket the probability would decrease.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  43. Joe in DE

    I think Rice would make a lovely canidate, but would not help lect the ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  44. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    My plan on who to vote for in the fall:
    Clinton, McCain, Obama. If McCain were to pick Rice, Obama would jump ahead of McCain. I hate to say that but it's true. With McCain's age and possible health problems (recurring cancer), I would rather pick Obama than McCain with Rice as his #2. Why can't Republicans pick good #2's? Maybe because there aren't any good #2's.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  45. J. Onofre - CA

    I love Condi and I know many it would be very appealing to see her as anyone's VP. Forget about the Golden Ticket between Obama and Clitnon. McCain and Rice would be the Platinum Ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  46. Bill from Tennessee

    If Obama is the Democrats nominee I was considering voting for McCann, a lot depending on who he would select as his VP. If he were to select, Rice, forget it, would vote for Obama. She hasn't shown me anything worthwhile during her past 7 years in the Bush administration except for being a puppet for Bush & Cheney. Rice wouldn't add anything to the ticket at all, voters would just think he would be pandering to women and blacks if he make her his VP choice. More importantly, she would be just a heart beat away from the presidencey, and no way could we have a President Rice. Talk about an extenstion of the Bush presidencey!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  47. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    My plan on who to vote for in the fall:
    Clinton (if Clinton wins Dem nomination), McCain, Obama (If Obama wins Dem nomination). If McCain were to pick Rice, Obama would jump ahead of McCain. I hate to say that but it’s true. With McCain’s age and possible health problems (recurring cancer), I would rather pick Obama than McCain with Rice as his #2. Why can’t Republicans pick good #2’s? Maybe because there aren’t any good #2’s.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  48. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Jack, I think the media is way off base with this. I saw her interviewed one time, not long ago, and she said she wanted to be the baseball commissioner. Remember that?

    If McCain is trying to separate himself from Bush, this would not be the way to do it.

    Condi – play ball!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  49. Mike S., New Orleans

    corrected:

    Condoleeza Rice Bush's National Security Advisor on September 11th, 2001. Later, as Secretary of State, she presided over both the Afganistan and Iraq foreign policy fiascos.

    It is only fitting that a failed National Security Advisor and a failed Secretary of State join McCain’s campaign to continue the failed policies of a failed presidency.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  50. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    Can anybody tell me of one thing that Rice has accomplished in her time in office? She has only been a "puppet " in both Bush administrations. If she had any pride she would have resigned like Todd-Whitman and Powell. He even stuck around too long.
    Hillary in 08

    April 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  51. Carol in Maine

    She is an ineffective Secretary of State, and puppet mouth piece of Bush and his entire failed administration. Let her run and insure that McCain will lose.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    No. One Popeye and one Olive Oil is enough. That would be a political death sentence for McCain. He needs to select someone outside Washington if he is ever going to have a chance to win the Presidency.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  53. JoAnn in Iowa

    It makes no difference if Rice is on the ticket. This great nation can not afford a 3rd Bush term. We must begin repairing the damage as soon as possible. Obama is our best hope.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  54. Karen in Maryland

    Talk about a 3rd Bush term we would never get away from terrible failed Bush policies. Condi will eloquently and intellectually distract from the real issues as she did during the 911 Commission Hearings. This country will continue on its downward spiral if she has any involvement in Government. What has she accomplished as Sec. of State anyway?

    April 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  55. Teddie

    Hell No. The only reason the party is pushing her is because she is a black woman and the Democrats have both a woman and a black person running and this way they can say that they have it all rolled into one. People are crazy if they vote for another Republican. Look what a mess we are in.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  56. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    Considering I never planned to vote for McCain, it is a mute issue. However given the question, I can honestly say that there is not a single chance I would vote for him if he has Rice as his running mate. She is Bush's girl so to speak and that is worse than McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  57. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Lets look at her record as Secretary of State, do you think she is VP material ?

    April 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  58. Brian - Trinidad

    Lets see now.The Democrats will send a black candidate to the polls in November,who is not running as a black candidate.They have rejected the woman candidate who was also not running as a woman candidate but was accused of being racist.Well the Republicans, who have been watching this pathetic Democrat race, realise they have to counter.So, in a flash of genius, have come up with an answer to both the black candidate who's not running as a black,and the woman candidate who's not running as a woman – Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.That ties Obama up in knots.He can't say anything negative about that ticket because of race, gender and age discrimination.Don't you just love how easy the Republicans can skewer anything the Democrats come up with?

    April 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  59. Lance

    As an African-American citiizen, I believe this is a ploy for the Republicans to get on the "race" card and also ride the Obama momentum. Ms. Rice has not done anything to bridge the foreign policy or trade with other nations, nor assisted with the direction of our beloved country. For someone who wants to be the next commisioner of the NFL, let her go!!!!!!!!

    Lance

    Michigan

    April 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  60. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,let me see now,a real consertive on the GOP ticket,what a novel idea,it would make me more likely to vote republican,but if you flip flop the ticket I would definetely vote GOP!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  61. Harry

    In my humble opinion, he can wrap up the 2008 presidency, with Ms. Rice's selection. The benefits outweigh the negatives. More importantly, he could fend off Hillary's lame attempt in 2012 to "heal" the divisiveness of the democrats. He must think in terms of 2 terms, not just this year.

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  62. Bob, Kentucky

    John McCain can't afford to pick Condoleezza Rice as his VP. To win a presidential election, the Republican candidate must get the vote of the wealthy, xenophobes, misogynists, bigots, gay bashers, and right-to-lifers. If he picks Condi, he loses half of his vote.

    These probably wouldn't go over to the Democrats, but given the high price of gas, they could easily stay home.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  63. Erin in Battle Creek

    Boy, she's a woman, an African-American, but, politically, it's not really that formulaic.

    Though her intelligence and strength command a certain respect and makes one wonder what she could have accomplished under a less nefarious administration, she'll forever be linked to the worst eight years this country has endured in a lifetime.

    Powell was fortunate to have walked away when he did and McCain would be wise to do the same.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  64. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack, under no circumstances would I vote for John McCain because he favors the war so much. But having Condi as his running mate would be even scarier with her being the Bush family favorite she has been all these years and the disastrous record that group has e.g. the Iraq War. Please, Senator McCain, pick a man for your running mate! Condi needs to go home to California!

    April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  65. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We would be less likely to vote for a McCain/Rice ticket unless HRC is the democratic nominee. I believe that Dr. Rice is a very intellegent person but not very whippy in the political arena, regardless of her race.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  66. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    I think Ms. Rice tried to do a decent job but was simply out numbered by Dr. Evil (aka Cheney) and the rest of the numnuts in the Bush Administration......But that doesn't make her qualified to be one VERY FAINT heart beat from the presidency. If Obama is not qualified in Mccain's eyes – how can she be!?

    April 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  67. Andy, PA

    If Condoleezza Rice were selected as John McCain's running mate, it would signal to me that McCain was ceding his presidency to Bush and Cheney and we'd be in for four more very bleak years. Ms. Rice was a poor choice as National Security Advisor, and even poorer choice as Secretary of State. Her selection would demonstrate that Republicans were playing the politics of race and gender. It will be the end of any hope John McCain could be the next President of the US.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  68. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    I would not vote for Senator Mccain mainly because of his stance on Iraq. Having Condoleezza Rice as his running mate would only help to support my decision not to vote for Senator Mccain. Condoleezza Rice is not only the secretary of state of one of the worst presidents in our history, if not the worst, but she also supported his failed policies. Having her on the ticket would be like voting for George Bush and a female Dick Cheney that is much better looking.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  69. Lori/Battle Creek, MI

    Go for it Rice. It doesn't matter to me who McCain picks, since I won't vote for a republican. If she becomes his running mate we will see a lot more republicans crossing over party lines and voting for Obama.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  70. Russ in Hermitage, PA

    Ordinarily, adding someone as able and experienced as Rice would be a momentous plus, but John McCain would only show his poor judgment in picking anyone with ties to this White House.

    Rice may have a future ahead of her in politics if she wanted it, but I have a feeling that her judgment is excellent, and that a tenured position at an Ivy League university is all she ever wanted anyhow.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  71. Bob, Kentucky

    John McCain can’t afford to pick Condoleezza Rice as his VP. To win a presidential election, the Republican candidate must get the vote of the wealthy, xenophobes, misogynists, bigots, gay bashers, and right-to-lifers. If he picks Condi, he loses at least a third of this vote.

    These probably wouldn’t go over to the Democrats, but given the high price of gas, they could easily stay home.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  72. Jasper

    You know I am like Glenn Beck now I am hitting my head in frustration why would she being part of the WORSE administration EVER in the HISTORY of our NATION like Donald Trump said if the republicans want to win the need to hide bush and another woman who will gave females bad name rice even if she is running or not I would not vote for him he thinks it’s funny 2 joke about staying in Iraq for a 100 yrs he need to go back to the Panama canal where he came from

    April 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  73. Eleanora Feucht

    No Condoleeza Rice would not get me to vote for McCain, quite to the contrary. The only running mate that could get me to vote fo him,maybe, would be GOD ALMIGHTY – the real One
    ELLY MT. LAUREL, N.J..
    eLLY

    April 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  74. April in texas

    Jack where is the none of the above option? I dont plan on voting FOR anyone but Obama. I am an independant but due to gas prices I will opt to stay home if Obama isnt on the ticket.

    Obama 08

    April 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  75. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    Having her on the ticket isn't going to change my opinion of him, and I don't think it will have much of an effect on anyone else, unless Hillary succeeds in wresting the nomination from Obama. If that happens and McCain finds a way to extend a hand to the folks that are going to be rather peeved with the Democratic party then Condi on the ticket just might seal the deal for the Republicans.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  76. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    McCain already has my vote, and most everyone I know is voting for him. Rice would satisfy those who feel we must somehow put a woman or african-american in office. Rice fits the bill in both respects, and not only that, she is actually qualified to do the job, unlike "Tall-Tale-Hillary', or the 'Boy Wonder'. Lets ask a real question soon Jack, like "Does the fact Obama shuns our flag, and attends a racist church mean he shouldnt be president?" Or another one; "How many days would it take for the terrorists to attack us on U.S. soil if Hillary was elected President?"

    April 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  77. J.D. In NH

    Having Condi on the ticket would make absolutely no difference to me. Anyone who votes for charge and spend Republicans this year is nuts. After 7+ years of them, the only thing that could make the country worse would be a widespread outbreak of bubonic plague . . . or a McCain presidency.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  78. Ken Mattheis

    As a Democrat I think Condoleeza Rice would be an excellent running mate for John McCain. It would be like punching a very large hole in an already leaky boat. She was a very weak National Security Advisor and an even weaker Secretary of State, not to mention all of Bush's baggage she'd bring along. She seems to have reached her maximum level of competency while at Stanford and should have stayed there. It would have been good for Stanford and one heck of a lot better for the country. I hope John McCain is dumb enough to pick her.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Pete, Fla.

    I'm not 100 percent sure if I'd vote for him, but Mrs. Rice would definitely make a powerful running mate. McCain's going to face either a woman or an African-American, and Rice is both of those, and that will surely help to divert voters attention from the unpopular "white man status" held by McCain. I also believe Rice is far more experienced and has better judgement than either of the democrats.

    April 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  80. R. Lopez in South TX

    It would not make a difference. If I were to vote for McCain, I would be voting for McCain. I have to say, howeve, it certainly is better than putting Quayle on the ticket. That was just plain silly....

    April 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  81. Jon Olson

    Jack, I would have to go back and see how she fares on many of the political topics that are facing our country, but my initial thought is that she would make an extremely interesting choice. I've heard many african-americans say negative things about her, so I'm not sure she's extremely popular with those voters. I like that she can hold her own, and that she is well-spoken. If she can begin to distance herself from the Bush era and begin to make a name for herself with her own political ideas and feelings, then I think she could prove to be a strong candidate. I would have to consider that option of heaven forbid Hillary steals the Democratic nomination.

    -Austin, TX

    April 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  82. Brett Milam

    Let's just bring the whole Bush administration back for a third term Presidential reunion.

    -Brett
    Cincinnati, OH

    April 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  83. Obama Mama in Boston

    No, No and a thousand times NO ! She is just another yes person from the Bush administration. No one in their right mind would want her as anything......she wasn't qualified as Secretary of State let alone Vice President. What is this country coming too?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  84. Bismarck From Canada

    Hi JACK,
    I will answer this with a riddle.

    In Mcain's mind, Rice is to Clint, Whereas Pow is to Ob

    go figure

    April 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  85. Eric

    John McCain could bring Mickey Mouse on his ticket and I'd vote for it. I'd rather see a Republican in name only, like McCain is, in the White House than any... and I mean any... of the socialist on the left. This is not a womb to the tomb society that the entitlement mindset has tried to create. Borat will raise taxes on virtually everyone and create more government programs that don't help the worthless pond scum who have their hands out for my hard earned money and the shrew will "take profits" from companies that invest billions and pay billions already in taxes???? Not to mention lie about sniper fire.

    McCain was never our best canidate but Rice would provide a fresh boost. Republicans in name only are better than obvious leftist!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  86. Brian from Berea, KY

    I would never vote for McCain either way, but it is worth noting that only a VP with economic savvy could help McCain's electability. Instead of a futile attempt to woo women and African Americans away from the democrats, McCain should try to appeal to his own republican base and assure everyone he is serious about the economy by pairing up with someone who knows something about the economy.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  87. Excellent

    Please join McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  88. marie

    No. A vote for John McCain is a vote for extended war with no hope of an end any time soon. A vote for McCain is for a worsened economy. I don't see that the 'more of the same' Republican campaign has a chance in November when heating costs, holiday and gas expenses, and the prolonged absence of our family members serving in Iraq will be hitting home harder than any of the campaigners will be.

    marie in sc

    April 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  89. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Wouldn't it be cool if Obama picked Condoleeza for VP? Yeah, I know – dream on.

    It would probably backfire if she were McCain's running mate, though. Supposedly she would siphon off some of the black vote from Obama, but he's so much more charismatic than she is, and she just reminds everyone of Bush's failures.

    McCain needs someone who's relatively young, charismatic and good with economic issues. His best shot would be either Bloomberg or Leiberman.

    If either of them were his VP, I still wouldn't vote for him, but I wouldn't be too upset if he won.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  90. John from Carlsbad

    McCain needs to have as few lemmings from the Bush/Chaney fiasco as possible to have any chance of winning. We don't need Bush light in McCain and Chaney light in Rice. The country wants something different not another 4 years of the Bush/Chaney fiasco.

    I don't see why she would be on anyone's list. There is more to diplomacy than saying to people, do it our way or we will bomb you. We already have that in Chaney now, again our country deserves better.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  91. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Dear Jack, Why would John McCain want a running mate with less foreign policy experience than Barack Obama?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  92. JeninTexas

    That will tie him down to McBush title for real. She is a smart women but she has made some huge mistakes..The biggest one accepting a job on the Bush admin. So many people under his administration has dropped out. Amazing. Go for it McBUSH

    April 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  93. Velle In Halifax

    Rice's experience? OH PUHLEEZE!
    Name one trip she took...one negotiation she entered, one GOOD treaty she brokered? Henry Kissinger she ain't, Jack.
    The best she could do is teach McCain some protocol basics.
    Neither one of them has anything to offer the Nation that we havn't already seen.
    Condi needs to followe her dream and pursue the NFL Commisioner slot.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  94. Rob G

    I'd like to see Condi abandon the Rebublican party & be Obama's running mate. Now that would be a dream ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  95. Ray, Florida

    Big Mack and a side of rice!!!!!

    How's that for a last meal?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  96. AJ in Illinois

    Jack,

    Condoleezza Rice doesn't want to be McCain's VP! Or does she? The only way I can see Condi wanting to be McCain's VP is that McCain privately announces to her that he is only seeking one term as president, thereby allowing Condi to run for president in 2012.

    Other than the above scenario,Rice does not have the desire to do the campaign thing. Also, McCain would not pick Rice as his VP because Rice's experience doesn't balance a Republican ticket. Arguably Rice has more relevant foreign relations experience than McCain, but Rice has not run for office before and could not help McCain visibly carry any (swing) states.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  97. Bruce St Paul MN

    How perfect. The ultimate company man, Condie Rice. She repeated the administration lies regarding Iraq, WMD, intelligence errors, etc, etc. She was in a position to know what she was talking about, so that makes her part of the problem. Now she's touting the so-called "Free trade" agreement with Colombia as something that would make American workers more competitive and increase national security. Would that be anything like the trade agreements with Mexico, China, Argentina, South Korea, and many more that allow the American worker to "compete" with workers who are willing to work for a dollar a day? The deception never ends, and she is one of the deceivers in charge. Her Chevron credentials show where her loyalty is. NO, I would not consider a ticket with her aboard.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  98. Barry, Miami, FL

    At first I would say go ahead and put her on as VP. There would be a Democratic landslide for sure. But I'm afraid to say that too loudly because after all this country was stupid enough to elect Dubya. Twice. McCain could make better choices. Dr. Rice has appeared weak in both her roles, which is probably why she got promoted. It would be scary to think of her as one heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world. She strikes me as someone who should be organizing the office Christmas party, not negotiating with terrorists.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  99. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    It is highly unlikely that I would vote for McCain as it is, but if she is on the ticket there is not a snowball's chance in Iraq that I would vote for them.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  100. mitchell martin ark.

    it won't matter,either way.the republicans will be lucky if they ever have another shot at the white house,period.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  101. Carl W. Moore

    This is Alice in Wonderland for sure. We have this guy running for President that doesn't know what war we're fighting or who's in it, but wants to stay there for a 100 years. Furthermore, he's about as energetic as my grandfather at 5P.M., and repeats himself to distraction. And now you you want to suggest that we throw in a VP, Condoleeza Rice, as capable as she is in her position, that is expected to deal with World issues in case the President is incapacitated??? WE GOTTA DO BETTER THAN THAT GUYS, C'MON! I vote for the Bunny that went down the Tunnel.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  102. Jack K, Fort Myers

    Jack,
    I don't think even Condi Rice's credibility can benefit his electability. Remember–she's really not a politician–a great scholar, patriot, and public servant–but definitely not a politician.

    I don't think ANY of the candidates are electable. In fact, I think this strong yearning for change we all feel (from all parties) is the reality that our two party system is broken beyond repair.

    What we really need is a third party that offers that truthfully will reduce government controls in our lives, eliminate our absurd pay-outs to other countries, cease using our military like the worlds police force (we don't have a national security interest EVERYWHERE).

    April 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  103. Fish god Las Vegas,Nv.

    NO WAY JOSE..

    April 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  104. Chryssa

    Despite being a lifelong Democrat, I've often said I'd vote for McCain over Hillary. But if he chooses Condi as his running mate, and for some odd reason Obama doesn't win the nomination, I'd find myself either sitting home on election day or having a friend drug me so I wouldn't remember voting for Hillary.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  105. David Natchez, MS

    I could not be any more less likely to vote for McCain no matter who he chose to be VP

    April 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  106. Stephany

    Jack, You got to be kidding me. That's just like having Bush a third term.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  107. Laura (Muncie, Indiana)

    I am not a republican and not likely to vote for a republican but I have to say that Condoleezza Rice would be a very good choice for John McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  108. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    What a headline: Condoleezza Rice versus Nancy Pelosi as Vice-Presidential running mates (for their respective party).

    I would give more consideration toward voting for McCain if Condy is his running mate.

    And likewise, I might be less inclined to vote for Obama if he chooses certain people (i.e. Clinton or Gore) as his running mate.

    Hopefully Clinton will just fade away.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  109. Bud Curtis

    My current plan is to vote for Clinton, or if she is not the candidate, then, with some hesitancy, McCain.
    If Condi Rice were McCain's running mate, I could get just as excited for that ticket as one Clinton heads.
    I understand why a lot of people tie Rice to Bush's policies, but she serves him as the commander-in-chief. I have always been impressed with Rice and believe she would have probably moderated her positions if not for Bush's requirements. I think she would make a great V.P. and hope she gets the nod from McCain.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    April 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  110. Willie C Fields jr

    I feel that if John McCain chosses Condoleeza Rice as his running mate, it will his own undoing because he will pick someone who is part of the failed foreign policy of the Bush administration, and if she has to become Pres. it will be Bush the fourth.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  111. Paulette Dallas,PA

    I'm not voting for McCain any which way but to put Rice on the ticket is like political suicide for him.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  112. Jay - Atlanta

    Less. Much less. Much much less. I've had a belly full of anything that smacks of Bush and Bushism, neo-conism and the destruction of my beloved country.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  113. John from Washington DC

    A McCain-Rice ticket could be seen by some as the Republican dream ticket this election but would also double the argument against prolonging the failed Iraq war policy and the back-breaking and horrendous costs to our nation and the American taxpayers. An ideal debate argument for the Democrats could show McCain as prolonging the war into the future and Rice as a top player in conducting the war in the past. With such a stark choice, I would think most voters would want peace and prosperity as opposed to more endless uncontollable spending on an unpopular war that is threatening our nation's economic survival.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  114. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    This could actually hurt John McCain's chances of being our next President. Unfortunately we live in a country that has racists and sexist. Being that she is both African American and a women then the sexists and the racists are against her. Also people will see this as an election between a women, an African American, and an old guy with an African American women as his running mate. This does not make me less likely to vote for McCain. I am still undecided between him and Clinton though. If Hillary decides to choose Obama as her running mate then it might make me less likely to vote for her.
    Dan
    Goodyear, Arizona

    April 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  115. Kozicka

    Mr. McCain is deeply troubled by global warming.

    So, how about Al Gore?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  116. Michael

    Jack,

    I would be less likely to vote for McCain. Nothing would support the notion of four more years of Bush than to have Rice on the ticket. It would be a huge gift to the democratic party.

    Michael
    Elo Segundo

    April 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  117. Glenn, Houston

    Jack, once the Democrats have a nominee. They will turn their attention on McCain and his shortcomings. It would be even lovelier if Rice was his VP. Even more ammo for the Democrats to point out her role in the the 9/11 disaster and Bush's war that McCain and Hillary both voted for. Yes, I think she would be great on McBush's ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  118. Mark Hudson

    Excellent Choice! If Obama is the democratic candidate and McCain chooses Condi Rice, I will vote McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  119. Mike, Dillingham Alaska

    McCain needs a "running mate" that will help him win a long distance race with the finish line as far away from the Bush/Cheney "family" as possible. Rice would anchor him to the starting blocks!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  120. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Condoleezza Rice is an intelligent, experienced and knowledgeable politician. It's a shame that she has been wrapped up in all of the wrongdoings of the current Administration... she would make a great candidate on any ticket. She's a smart person that has more experience, applicable to the current socio-political circumstance, than any of the three candidates.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  121. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    This would lessen the chances. McCain needs to continue distancing himself from the current administration in order to keep his chances of victory. Although I am still a supporter of the current administration (like 1 out of every 3 people out there) even I will admit that any rollover into McCain's campaign will just hurt him overall.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  122. sarah, indiana

    i certainly hope the bush-bot rice doesnt wind up on that ticket. i need to vote for someone if the hopelessly unqualified obama gets the dems nod. i would prefer a mccain/ colin powel ticket if i have to vote for the republicans.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  123. George Wilson

    Less likely, and the reason is because she is an intrigal part of the present administration, and I wouldn't vote for anyone who has done George Bush's bidding for the last seven years, and is part cause of the mess that we are in today.. No Way !!!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  124. Al, Lawrence KS

    There is already a zero percent chance that I would vote for McCain. With Rice on the ticket...well...can you have less than zero percent?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  125. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Although Condi Rice is one of the more intelligent and (on paper anyway) also one of the most qualified people in Government today, her accomplishments add up to zero. As well, she is as guilty as anyone of the corrupt Bush administration when it came to scamming the American people and the world into invading Iraq. She was so distracted by that in fact, that she ignored dire warnings of an imminent AlQueda attack. Ms. rice has much American blood on her hands. Sure, put her on the ballot. That will be double insurance that a Democrat will win by a landslide in November.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  126. Dan Chin (Kirkland, WA)

    And people think Bush-Cheaney is bad? This would be a nightmarish ticket for any non-conservative and even some conservatives!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  127. Mark Berwyn, PA

    If Hillary is his opponent, I'll vote for McCain regardless of his VP running mate. But if Obama is the Dem candidate, I would need Condi on the ticket to vote for McCain over Obama. My hope would be that McCain retires after one term and Condi is the Prez for the next 8 years.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  128. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    That is a fairy tale. Rice already said she wants to go back to California after her term and live happily ever after. She can make more money writing books then a measly $208.100 as VP per year and we will be paying her retirement and insurance for the rest of her life. She wasn't particularly effective in her job in the first place. That does not qualify her as VP in my opinion. Remember the National Security Advisor is her current title. We were attacked on her watch on 9-11 and we got into a war on the flimsy excuse of weapons of mass destruction which never surfaced and are still in a quagmire in two foreign countries now. That isn't much of a track record if you ask me to use as a platform for VP.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  129. John

    Less... Now Colin Powell is a secretary of state that I could see as a running mate!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  130. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I don't think McCain will give up Joe (Lieberman) for VP. Will he? Then again, he's hired many people from the Bush campaign so why not someone the republicans were kicking around to run for President?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  131. Mike Kingery

    I would be more inclined to vote for McCain if he has Condi Rice as a running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  132. chip

    She would get my vote. She has served the nation well.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  133. John Orlando, FL

    Less likely to vote, but that does not matter. With her in second place come the conservative base that McCain will need to finance a general election against either Obama or Clinton. Look for her as number 2.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  134. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great idea, that would be a awesome ticket. I would probably vote Republican for the first time in 30 years.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  135. Jerry Wilson

    Why don't you ask what voters think of Brownie for VP? How about Rummy, Alberto, Cheney, or Libby? It's a joke to believe anyone in this administration would be considered for a position as dog catcher. Who would trust their pet to this crew? Hope that answers your question satisfactorily.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  136. Laura, PA

    Less Likely. People respect McCain because he perceived as a 'maverick'...or at least that he is not a Bush clone. Cozying up to Bush's cronies would align him with people who the majority of voters want out of power. He would do well to select 'Maverick II' for his running mate, whomever he/she is.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  137. Brian Washburn

    Less. McCain has all the foreign policy credentials the ticket needs, there's no reason for two ardent war supporters. I've heard buzz about McCain picking someone like Christine Todd Whitman who may help smooth the traditional gender gap between Republican and Democratic voters, possibly put some of the traditional Democratic strongholds of the northeast in to play and further help bring independents and moderate Democrats into McCain's camp.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  138. Kristin

    It has historically been: men first, women second. I, for my part, am tired of this trend. I see Obama as another man, keeping the tradition alive. White men, black men, white women, black women. It's a tired tale. I will vote for the ticket with a woman. Regardless of party, which is saying a lot since I am typically a straight ticket democrat.
    But, I am so tired of men running everything (and not well, I must add).

    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  139. Dee, Dallas

    Rice would be a tremendous asset to McCain's ticket. She is a brilliant, brilliant woman, very polished, very elegant, very diplomatic. I would vote for her for President, but I will settle for VP.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  140. Conrad

    With McCain we get four more years of Bush Irag policies. Adding Rice would mean Bush and Cheney would be consulted on every important foreign or domestic policy. Yikes!!

    Conrad
    Buffalo, NY

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  141. Shannon

    This would be a huge mistake ... she is far too closely aligned with the Bush administration and JM needs to distance himself from them as far as possible.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  142. Nora. South Texas

    Jack all I read in all these comments is ammunition for the democrats on how to beat McCain if Condi was his running mate. It would be awful. She really does not deserve the horrible campaign that would come with this. Besides, this is too BUSHISH for all of us to tolerate.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  143. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    Definitely less. She's been a professor, a national security adviser, and now Secretary of State. Aside from the coziness with the Bush group, I don't think any of those roles qualifies her to be the country's top executive – let alone the commander-in-chief. And given McCain's age, I think that is how we need to look at it.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  144. Felicity Fridman

    It's a no-brainer. First and most importantly, no one is more familiar with foreign affairs than Secretary Rice. Secondly, she is young and energetic. Third, it trumps the Democratic ticket because she is both a woman and black.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  145. Monte

    I will vote for McCain only if he picks Mike Huckabee as his running mate, and I figure many other true conservatives feel the same way. I will not support a McCain / Romney ticket either.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  146. Richard

    totaly YES CONDI 08.. i would love to see her as vp.. i would even throw out my vote for obama to see condi in the whitehouse. shes smartter that hilary ever was is or will be abd thats a plain simple fact.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  147. Dan, Florida

    You guys really need some new material.
    Enough of the Bush bashing. Despite how many whiners and complainers there are in this forum, George has kept the fight off of our soil for 6 years. He may not be the best President we've ever had, but he's done a steady job of keeping America safe.
    Condi Rice would be an excellent VP, and perhaps P , if McCain kicks the bucket.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  148. Srini

    I am leaning towards McCain. If he picks Condy, he can kiss my support GoodBye and the Presidency.

    He should pick Christine Todd Whitman or Olympia Snowe if he wants a female running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  149. Tim

    I think the American voter is tired of all things Bush, I don't think she would be an asset to McCain. Collin Powell is a better choice, at least he had the good sense to leave the administration after he realized the mistake of going into Iraq.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  150. Bryant

    Jack: I believe a McCain-Rice ticket would be wonderful for the country. Unfortunately, Cheney and Rumsfield tarnished the reputation of this great american like they did another great american, Colin Powell. Dr. Rice is the true patriot in the Bush Administration. However, I really wish McCain could encourage Colin Powell to run as his VP. We would know that there is honesty and patriotism back in the White House. Also, we know Gen. Powell would not put up with the mess the quasi Iraq government is trying to pull. McCain-Powell in 08.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  151. Eric B. from Iowa

    I won't be voting for McCain either way, but I feel that if McCain wants to tell the American people that he isn't another term for the George Bush primary, he shouldn't have Condie as his VP...this would be a transplant of G.W.'s administration onto McCain's possible administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  152. MJ Granger

    More likely. This is a dream ticket that would highlight the fact that there has been more minority participation in Republican administrations than in Democrat administrations. Condi Rice is beyond reproach, dedicated, loyal, thoughtful, stoic, professional, diplomatic, honest, and above all, has not run for political office, but has been an appointee. This is the kind of person you want at the top: the reluctant politician.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  153. earl illingsworth

    Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice would make an excellent choice. She is truly the "Iron Maiden", in the Bush Administration, sometimes carrying the entire bunch on her shoulders. Whatever endevor she pursues will be successful,to say the least of this selfless individual. Unfortunately ,McCain is to old, and set in his ways, to "Think Outside The Box" he's put himself in?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  154. Jennifer, Bloomington, IL

    I hope John McCain has more sense than to name her as his running partner. Any member of the Bush team is poisonous and will only tarnish McCain's campaign. He definitely won't stand a chance of winning the election, if he partners with someone so closely connected to the moron in the White House.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  155. Bill

    Absolutely. She's smart and articulate. Iraq was Rumsfeld's blunder – not Condi's. Plus, Rice would be able to tell if she was getting shot at while visiting another country – unlike Hillary!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  156. Rosalynd

    Condi Rice and or a financial bribe would not make me vote for a McCain ticket. Hillary stealing the Democratic nomination on the other hand might make me seriously consider a vote for McCain.

    Florida

    April 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  157. H.Gallien

    I am and have been a supporter of John McCain and his ideals and for his regard for success in Iraq. it's not if it will ever happen ,its when will it happen and I believe Codaleeza Rice would make an excellent VP. She has the talent, the know how and the intestinal fortitude (guts) to take it on and see it through. She does not seem to be swayed from her intended goal by the old GOP rederic that seems to flow so liberally in Wsahington.
    I think our friend John should give this some serious consideration.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  158. Kelly

    Secretary Rice's approach to foreign policy is embarassing. It's no wonder relations are strained with one time allies. The "my way or the highway" approach to diplomacy has done nothing to mend these broken bridges. She is a strong, intelligent woman, but somewhere along the line, she became nothing more than a Yes Woman for the Bush administration. A vote for McCain and Rice is a vote for a repeat of the last eight disasterous years. Haven't we learned from our mistakes?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  159. Nicole from Rex, GA

    Jack, have you ever seen the movie The Manchurian Candidate? That is what Bush was and that's what Condoleeza will be too. Someone programmed to be, say, and do what is told of them. This will be my first time voting in a presidential election and I plan on voting for Obama. He is the only candidate I see with a conscience who cares about the American people.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  160. Ed Reed

    I would be less likely. It was obvious she was in way over her head as National Security Advisor and we are paying a heavy price for it. The country desperately yearns for competency.

    Ed Reed

    April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  161. Dan (Woodland Hills, CA)

    Somewhere I would love to see a list of Rice's accomplishments as a Secretary of State. Did she succeed at accomplishing anything? Granted she is given a tough hand to play, yet her diplomatic approach seems to display as much finesse as Cheney's. Might it be better to go with a running mate who can negotiate without a stick?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  162. Joe Collina

    Jack, Ms. Rice is intelligent and impressive. Unfortunately, she is also a "Yes Woman." Let's hope John McCain does not follow the lead of Mr. Bush and surround himself with those who only follow. Look where that has taken us. Surely, McCain can do better than Ms. Rice. If he wants a person of color to join him, how about Colin Powell? Now that is a man who will know how to run a war – if one is needed – or get out – if one is not. Let's face it, the primary cause of most of our economic problems have come from a war that is sucking the wealth out of the USA – with no end in sight. Joe Collina

    April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  163. Beverly Tatum

    More likely! She's an awesome role model for women & African-Americans. I could use numerous adjectives to describe her but here are a few: poised, polished, polite, petite, powerful and articulate.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  164. Bob, Flemington, NJ

    What have you done, Condi? What have you accomplished? America is results oriented – sorry.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  165. Joseph Wherry

    Re: Condy Rice as potential V.P. candidate with John McCain. I have admired Rice since the time she was an advisor to the first Bush President. Even though I do not like much of the present Bush foreign policy, and Rice's role in the Administration may create some problems if she were the V.P. nominee, I think she would be a strong running partner and could be a good President. She also would be an asset for McCain in balancing the ticket..

    April 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  166. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Jack,

    The real question from conservatives will be is Condi Rice Pro-Life? If John McCain is to rally and stimulate the republican party base he will so desperately need come November, then he will have no choice but to choose a rock solid conservative for the Vice President spot.

    While I have nothing but admiration and respect for Condi Rice, I would much rather have McCain pick someone like former Pro-Life congressman, J. C. Watts of Oklahoma. Watts is not only a rock solid conservative, but is also incredibly articulate.

    Mike Mundy
    Houston, TX

    April 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  167. Ken Fisher in Boston, MA

    I wouldn't be more likely to vote for McCain because of a ticket that included Condoleeza Rice. Her inclusion on the ticket–no matter how much I respect her statesmanship, intelligence, and capability–will not sway me from voting for whichever Demoractic candidate winds up in the general election. That said, I'd love to see her as part of an Obama or Clinton Presidential run!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  168. vernon garrard

    condoleezza rice and colin powell are a couple of giants that would enhance anyone's ticket

    covington,ky

    April 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  169. Kris Koliwad

    No, Jack. I would not vote any ticket she is part of. PERIOD. She has been the worst Secreatary of State in the history of the country. She has not been a great academic, either. She pretends to be one. Neocons at the Hoover Institute have built her up.

    Kris

    April 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  170. Vic, Tacoma

    I believe Rice to be of extremely high character and intellect. She is a wise choice for both for the country and the ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  171. Gigi in Alabama

    First I cannot vote for McCain . . . second I would not vote for the likes of Rice if she were on the ticket with Abe Lincoln.
    The two of them would set this country back so many years that we would never be able to dig ourselves out.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  172. doug

    John McCain is a tired old man, with tired old policies. Any help from a Bush Administration cronie is no help at all. I'm seriously considering voting Democrat already. If McCain adds more ineffectiveness to his ticket, I think he'd seal the deal for me to NOT vot for him. Besides, he couldn't beat GWB eight years ago, why would he be any better now?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  173. Paul from Burlington, VT

    ABSOLUTELY! That would be a dream ticket if there ever was one. In my opinion, that's a team that the US could be extremely proud of – plus they'd work well together to unify the nation and have a powerful presence on the world stage.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  174. Russ Hayes

    LESS. I do not see her as a heartbeat away qualified for president. She obviously is a very smart lady, but the floundering foreign policy and negative world view have to, at least partially, be laid in her lap, as well as President Bush's. Like you said in the article, I don't think Sen. MeCain wants anyone associated with the current Bush administration on the ticket...it would be too hard to separte himself from the Democratic amunition that Bush has given the them these last 7 years. He can name Bush-ites to the cabinet after he's elected, maybe. If McCain were me, I would concentrate on a governor with a more conservative background than himself...and there are several...with whatever the demographics...northeast...south...far west. Sec. Rice brings none of that.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  175. Tom C

    Excellent. She's an extremely insightful and intelligent candidate for the vice presidency. You whiners would do well to abandon your blind, Michael Moore inspired hatred of anything remotely affiliated with the Republican party, and look at the values of the individual being questioned.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  176. Julie

    I like John McCain. I had planned on voting for him in the election, but if he chooses Rice as his running mate, I'm voting for a democrat.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  177. Bob

    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring on someone with domestic experience – and someone who has the credentials he is lacking with the conservative base?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  178. Chicago Bob

    Less, but I don't think she will be. She ties McCain more closely to the failed Bush Administration. McCain will go the safe route and pick Romney. He can help with the Economy.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  179. Jay

    Let's keep in mind that the big knock on Condi when Bush first picked her was that she was an expert on Russia, not the Middle East, where all of the perceived trouble was. After 7 years, our relationship with Russia is the worst it has been since the end of the Cold War. So, if she couldn't even handle the one area of the world where she was an "expert," how is she worthy of being added to the ticket as a VP?

    April 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  180. cal carpenter

    Condi would be a class act for McCain. I have seen her go against some of those looney left wing female Senators like Barbara Boxer and House Reps who tried to rip her apart and she held her ground and put them to shame...We need women in the White House but not Hillary!

    April 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  181. Dukes

    Why is America so obsessed with voting along party lines?
    Do you people honestly think that EVERY Republican canidate is another Geoge Bush?
    Please wake up and vote for the person that is the most qualified for the position.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  182. Wade

    Well Jack,

    As hard as it is to say, I think I may be joining the "Republicans for Obama". No running mate will change what McCain believes or who he is. Someone like Rice or Huckabee may soften the pain of voting republican – but in the end its McCain that would be President and that scares me.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  183. Frank Esper (Ohio)

    This will only solidify McCain as Bush 2.0
    For most Republicans thats a good thing, but I wager this would be a costly move if McCain wants to retain support from the Independents. In my view, its a 0 sum gain. That kind of math is not what you want in a VP

    April 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  184. Erick Hundsonville MI

    Dear, Jack
    It'll definitely stir things up. McCain will definitely gain upper advantage to Obama by wooing Obamacans and Republican African-Americans. He started out by criticizing Bush, but he's become his clone! He'll have an easier run for the election by picking some guy off the street then Condi.

    April 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  185. Michael

    I don't think adding Rice to the ticket would send any message but "look everybody, we have women and minorities in our party too!" Regardless of whether or not she'd be the best person for the job, it would come across as a shallow gesture, and I don't think that would win votes.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  186. Lawrence C. Hartung

    If C. Rice was to be McCain's running mate I think that would be terrific. That in itself would take away from all of the black and female issues surrounding the democratic contenders. The democrats are having to decide bnetween a black and a female, the republicans would have the best of both worlds with Rice. If C. Rice would have been running for President she would have gotten my support and my vote.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  187. Mike in Houston

    John McCain and Condi would be a dream ticket! I would rather her be President, though. She is a tough, no-nonsense extremely intelligent lady who would not let popular opinion sway her decisions. We need that in this country full of cry baby citizens who oppose war and don't see a need to assert American values and strive for the best for humanity. I would and will vote for McCain regardless of Condi's involvement because I see a future where money is obsolete and the needs of all are taken care of by a one world governing body. United Countries of Earth. John McCain AND the Bush administration see this plainly. The road to this reality is paved with struggle, as we see by this necessary war. It's just too bad the average American citizen is so consumed by their own struggle to see this bigger picture.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  188. Andy Bentley

    McCain would lose my vote in a heartbeat. As it is, his stance on the war is going to cost him more votes than he realizes.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  189. Samantha, Davie, Florida

    Yes. I would be more likely to vote for McCain if Condoleeza is on the ticket. My only concern is that Condoleeza, like McCain has national
    security credentials but no economy credentials. McCain should have a running mate who is extremely strong on economic issues, since he admitted having no experience in that area.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  190. Jim A in Vancouver

    Condi Rice would be an excellent choice for VP. I also like Michael Steel but unfortunatly he will probably chose another white guy. It is high time to but a black or a woman or both into the VP slot. Enough with all the all white guy choices.
    Signed
    A White Guy From WA

    April 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  191. Robby Lubke

    You bet I would vote for a ticket like McCain and Rice. There is one thing for sure if the phone rang a 3 am in the morning she definitely would know what to do. I think it is time for a ticket like this and I hope they get it done!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  192. Chris

    I'd vote for McCain if Gumby was his running mate. Obama has very little experience, which really makes me nervous. And I think 8 years of Bill-ary was enough!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  193. Joan Gosewisch

    I think this is a spendid idea!! Condi being on the ticket would assure a Democratic win!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  194. Steve Smith

    Rice shouldn't ever be allowed to visit the White House after Jan. 20, 2009 even as a tourist! Rice, along with Chaney, Bush, Rumsfeld, former CIA George Tenet, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and several current and former members of this Administration should be brought up on Impeachment charges, or some kind of charges, for getting us into Iraq and mishandling the capture of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, among many other foriegn policy disasters of the past 8 years.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  195. Jack Jodell

    So much for John McSame being an independent-thinking maverick. Well, why not cement a third Bush term by using Rice as the mortar? There are two important "don't wants" that are being overlooked here, though: SHE "don't want" the job, and WE DON'T WANT her there! Obama in '08!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  196. Jonathan

    As a die-hard liberal, I'm not too big of a McCain fan (though I like him over many republicans) I feel that he would give up his chance at presidency by taking her as a running mate. That being said, I think he should go for it.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  197. Shrop

    I already don't like any of the 3 primary canidates very much, but to put a Bush administration member on his team, he can kiss any chance of swaying my support by election day a sound goodbye. "To the moon Alice!"

    April 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  198. James Farrow, New Orleans, LA

    I cannot imagine that adding Condoleeza Rice to the Republican ticket would in any way help John McCain's chances. It would only serve to remind the voters of McCain's close ties to the Bush administration on foreign policy. Besides, Ms Rice's legacy as Secretary of State will not be a favorable one. She has rarely closed a diplomatic deal with anyone and has on a number of occasions fanned the flames of international disrespect for America. As a black woman in a key diplomatic role, she compares poorly to her black predecessor, Colin Powell and to her female predecessor, Madeleine Albright.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  199. Chuck

    After racking my brain for thirty seconds or so, I finally came up with one positive thing to say about Condi Rice as VP – she'd be better than Dick Cheney. But so would any pit bull I ever met.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  200. Alana

    I'm a pretty liberal democrat however the only way I could possibly vote for Obama would have to be a McCain/Rice ticket. The only thing worse than no experience would be too much experience.... in the Bush administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  201. Tony reo

    Great...four more years of being a "yes woman", again.
    It's bad enough having her agree with everything Bush did now she wants to do the same for McCain. I want someone with a mind of their own. "The emperor's new clothes" won't fly any more!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  202. Bob Cavaliere

    NOway! Condi has shown herself to be as veracity challenged as the other neocons in this administration. I would withhold my vote for Mac if she is his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  203. Robert, Marietta, GA

    I think Condi would add a lot to the ticket.
    Here is a woman who can prove that the American Dream is what you do for yourself. On top of that: No Scandals, No Whitewater, No Travelgate, No billing records from Little Rock in the White House residence and most importantly NO BILL!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  204. Steve Peach

    This would be absolutely perfect! The only way the Republicans could prove to the American people that they are so far out of touch with main stream America would be to nominate one of the very people who has consistantly steered this country in the wrong direction. Rice has consistantly made the wrong move at precisely the right time, all under the watchful eye of our failed Comander-in-Chief. If John McCain has any serious intentions on becoming the next President, he should consider that nobody wants a "Bush Lite" administration for the next 4 years. The only Busch Lite product worth having is the one made by our friends at Anhiser-Busch!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  205. Shrop

    I already don't like any of the 3 primary canidates very much, but to put a Bush administration member on his team, he can kiss any chance of swaying my support by election day a sound goodbye.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  206. alex

    are u kidding me? This is absolutly rediculous to even think if we want to get anywhere away from this administration. The only reason that this is getting any press is b/c she is a BLACK WOMAN REPUBLICAN....another attempt to pander to race and gender. Its pathetic how our democratic system works.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  207. Fulton

    This would absolutely encourage my vote for McCain. Where as Cheney is a shady behind-the-scenes strong man that silently and eerily commands big business from the white house, Rice is one of the few things Bush did right. Her presence overseas, quite contrary to what the hillbillies that are so opposed to "Irak" think, has bolstered our damaged international image. She is professional and independent of the "Bush Era" and would be a brilliant addition to McCain's ticket, at least to those of us who are still swaying between Obama and McCain.

    – Austin, TX -

    April 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  208. Jason

    Do only Democrats read the articles on CNN?

    Almost every comment within the first 15 minutes after this article was posted contains negative opinion of Condi. There are a few positive opinions sprinkled in after that, but I just don't get how biased the opinions are. That seems to be the case every time I read an article on CNN.

    I think the fact that so many Democrats are on here means that they are nervous about this pick. I like it. Condi would blow away whoever Obama picks as his mate in the VP debates.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  209. William Mills

    Anyone asssociated with George Bush and his abysmal failures with the war and diplomacy during this presidency would seriously
    hamper McCain and his bid for the White House.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  210. Emily

    I'm deeply troubled by most of these negative comments about Condoleeza Rice...She is a strong woman, and far more qualified than that of most other prospects for the job...

    April 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  211. Linda

    LESS! Intelligent and self-assured as she is, she is tainted by working for Bush. Even if i were to consider voting for McCain (which I don't think I will) her presence on the ticket would stop me. Sorry Condie. You need to take a breather to distance yourself before entering into politics.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  212. Chicago

    I would absolutely vote for McCain/Rice, especially if Hillary Clinton loses the nomination to the inexperienced Senator from my state. This from a lifelong Democrat.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  213. Perance

    I will not be voting republican in November. However if I was going to vote republican; her in the number 2 position would have caused me to question MCCain's agenda for the country as a whole. Ms Rice was deeply involved in misleading the country to back up the war in Iraq. Having her on the ticket will serve to reinforce the wide belief that McCain is primarily concerned with America's Imperialistic posture in the world. He will follow the same misguided path as Bush to achieve these imperialistic goals that are detrimental to the country as a whole.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  214. Jeff in Nebraska

    This would be an insane choice – I'm not likely to vote for McCain, anyway, but Condi Rice has been the shill for Bush and his ilk for years. Whatever respect I had for her was lost as she has continued to act as the mouthpiece for this morally corrupt administration for years, in all her roles.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  215. Matt

    If you didn't think John McCain is running for a 3rd Bush term before, there would be no mistaking it with Condoleezza Rice running along side him. Creating this ticket sounds like a desperate attempt on behalf of the Republican party to gain ground with Democrats in this political race who have truely managed to not only break the barriers of race and gender, but inspire a nation of people to voice their opinions at the poles in record numbers.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  216. joe

    I'm a democrat who will not be voting Republican. However much I don't like someone from the Bush administration being next in line to a 71-year old, I would much prefer Condi Rice to, say, Huckabee or Romney, who are most definitely too conservative for me. McCain-Rice is acceptable. McCain-Huckabee or Romney is unacceptable and will make me want to move to Canada.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  217. Lauren

    I'm voting for McCain regardless of who is in the VP slot, but I hope it's Romney. He has the executive and economic experience we need!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  218. Bobby Matos

    Less, I think it would be "political suicide by candidate" to even consider Condi Rice. I'm a Republican, the election battle is on hold (Obama vs Clinton). However, to even consider any current or past Bush Cabinet members would definetly give the Democrats the better edge in winning Novermber.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  219. Joe - Maricopa, AZ

    Interesting... I nevered considered Rice as a running mate for McCain. I've been hoping Lieberman might be the candidate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  220. VRoberts

    YES! YES! YES! Normally I wouldn't reply to a question like this but I know there are a LOT of people who have the same opinion as I do and are the type of people who would not normally bother to reply. But because you have so many 'no' people, I broke my normal rule of not bothering so that you know there are those of us out here. Several of us were just having a conversation this past weekend who thought Mrs. Rice would be one of the best candidates for PRESIDENT. She is a intelligent, capable, well-spoken and more, excellent qualifications to run my country. So we would gladly take her as vice-president. I look forward to an official announcement!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  221. Chuck S.

    Condi would make a great President and Vice-President. I will vote for McCain with or without Condi. I would vote for Condi with or without McCain.

    Atlanta, GA

    April 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  222. Bill

    Condi Rice would be outstanding in any position she takes. She is an extraordinary leader who has overcome far more adversity than Obama. Anyone who doubts the integrity or ability of Ms. Rice is either terminally naive or a democrat: Of course, that's redundant, isn't it?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  223. Clint, Atlanta

    Sorry. But once Americans are reminded of her boot shopping experience during Hurricane Katrina and how she had a shopper removed from a store for questioning why she was shopping for expensive boots instead of rushing to help a drowning American city... she will be toast.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  224. Joe-- Boulder, CO

    I'm a white male Independent who was originally enamored with Hillary Clinton's campaign, but have become disillusioned with her fake stories lately and have lost my trust for her. If McCain brings Condoleezza Rice aboard, that ticket will definitely have my vote. Ms. Rice is an amazing person, plus she's just hot.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  225. Chris, Fairfax, VA

    Hey, give her four more years and she may even get Mr. Olmert and Mr. Abbas to stand by to stand by for thinking about peace talks. Hell might also freeze over. I guess what I'm saying is I'll vote democrat.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  226. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    Ive been waiting for this one, ms.rice has done nothing, shes a joke, tell me one success story you cant, the part i like is its got to have Hilary in fits,

    April 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  227. Military Spouse

    Anyone but Condi!!! She bears a lot of the responsibility for this endless, senseless war we are in, and for draining the treasury to fight it. Four more years of her "leadership" would be a disaster.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  228. Adam from Virginia

    Why not go all out and sign on Karl Rove as Deputy Chief of Staff?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  229. Dave

    Jack, I would love to see her on the ticket because McCain would surely lose.
    I can't think of anything she has done that would qualify her for the Presidency should McCain be elected be unable to serve out his full term.
    She would probably outsource the job as she has done with passport renewals and further the conservative agenda of eliminating social programs through huge deficit spending.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  230. Len, Colorado

    I am not voting for McCain regardless who he picks.

    McCain has voted against Senate Amendments 10 times from August 2001 through February 2006. And most recently he is not Supporting:

    Senator Jim Webb (D) and Chuck Hagel (R) sponsored bill called "Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007". This bill would establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces after September 11th. He has been asked to support the bill and he has refused.

    He has voted against $19 billion for Military Hospitals, Chosing Tax cuts for the Wealthiest.

    Ask yourself why, especially if you are a veteran or know brave men and women who have sreved.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  231. Tia

    To Paul,

    If you're going to be critical of the poor handling and ignorance of the Bush Administration, please do us the favor of being educated enough to spell Iraq's name correctly. Also, consider that in order to declare a war on terrorism; Bush needed the consent of the Congress. A DEMOCRATIC Congress. Republicans are not the evil they have been shown to be.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  232. Bob

    Jack:

    She is brilliant, and can help to draw votes, Black and White, Male and Female.
    Hillary and Obama couldn't carry her briefcase when it comes to the world scene. She's done great things abroad. She handled North Korea very well, while Hillary and Obama were still trying to invent what they wanted to be. Frankly, I would vote for her as President.
    If she becomes the V.P., she will in four years, become what both Hillary and Obama want to be. She will be the first Black President , and the first Woman President

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  233. Cho Lo Jones

    To respond to a comment from Felicity Fridman that Condi trumps the Dem ticket because she's a black woman is just plain wrong.

    People want a positive change from this election and they are not voting for a person only because of gender or race.

    Condi has proven herself completely out of her depth in all that she's attempted in this administration and the only reason that she's come as far as she as is because Bush rewards and promotes failures because they are like him – Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales, Chertoff, Michael Brown (fema), Tommy Franks, George Tenet et al.

    Condi probably has little choice but to stay in government as long as possible as she will probably be shunned by the world of academia, (see Stanford revolt at her mere mention of return).

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  234. pat

    she should be first on the ticket though

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  235. Cindy

    MORE! I love her! He needs a strong woman on his side! Otherwise is Hillary makes it to the final show I will vote for her! And I am a republican who has NEVER voted democrat! I am a strong believer in Women getting in there and getting the job done, maybe it will help those of us who are professional women in a Man's world gain some ground and accomplish more!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  236. Drew

    I think Condoleeza Rice's future in politics ended the moment she told the 911 commision "Uhh, I believe the title [of the memo] was 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States'." John McCain would never be stupid enough to enlist her as his running mate. Yeah, she's already been introduced to the american public... but not with great reception.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  237. Dan

    What you are all missing is the point that she has more experience then Both Hilliary and Obama combined and she is the culmination of both a woman and an African American. Stating she would not be elected because of Bush is nothing but pure pessimisum from a Democratic view. If you only knew what the Clintons dont want you to know would surely change your mind. In addition Obama has zero experience in the job he wants. Willing to risk it all to put someone there that has zero experience? Hope you dont need a good enconmy then. ; )

    April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  238. Kerry Stratton, d.c.

    As between Obama and McCain, I would definitely go for a McCain-Rice ticket! And I am a life-long Democrat!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  239. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    I would rather cut my own throat than vote for Bush the third and having the most useless Secretary of State that we have ever had on the ticket would clinch the deal. The very idea gives me nightmares!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  240. Hillary Clinton

    I will not be voting for John McCain at all. However, I do hope he puts Condi "lets go to war" Rice on the ticket so my victory will be certain in the fall. And then, when I win the election, we can all finally rest in peace knowing we won't hear much from McCain again. Thank God!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  241. Chris in Colorado

    You betcha I'd vote for that ticket, and Condi would make me a whole lot happier about doing so! :)

    April 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  242. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    There's no way that the evil Ms. Rice would ever get my vote. As one of the architects of Bush's many failures, we could anticipate only more egregious debacles and a further loss of respect from other countries. In my opinion, she's a devil incarnate and needs to be returned to the hellish pit that spawned her.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  243. Ray from FL

    It's a shame, but she's the second black person with the brains and likability to run for president, whose career has been derailed due to association with Bush. The first being Colin Powell. I like her and think she's qualified and intelligent, but she should have stepped down from her post years ago to avoid being labelled a Bush crony. now she'll have to carry that around for a long time. Maybe she ought to stick with her original plan of being commissioner of the NFL or MLB.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  244. James

    Jack,

    Two things ... it appears that your more pensive fans are just now getting off of work and tuning in. Secondly, I'm sad to say that President Bush's tenure in office has left a bad mark on an otherwise good and qualified person. She hasn't run from the tough questions or the tough decisions. She's been a team player, doing her part to provide some measure of integrity and continuity in an otherwise chaotic moment in time. If she hadn't been such a team player, she would have been exactly what McCain needed to push him over the top. (Isn't it incredible that it could be said that a Republican candidate even has a shot ... and Dr. Rice could make the difference?)

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  245. John, Tx

    Double McSame! Funny, but probably worse tha "same".

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  246. P. Smith

    I will not vote for McCain no matter who he has as VP. The guy is Bush warmonger who does not belong in the White House. The world and America has had enough of these stupid pointless wars.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  247. John

    Condi as McCain's VP is a fantasy. And if McCain is persuaded to fall into this fantasy, that would be the end of his chances of winning the national election.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  248. Sam M.

    Less Likely.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  249. mark

    not at all that person and it is used loosely .is scarier than the one in office

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  250. Aaron from CA

    It's hard to believe this is the slate of people we have to elect from. I will hold my nose and vote for McCain only because: 1) Obama has zero experience. The fact that he is even in the running shows just how much of a popularity contest our presidential elections have really become; 2) Bill and Hillary made a mockery out of the presidency – pardoning their friends, entertaining "guests" in the oval office, stealing the china on the way out.

    "Vote for McCain... The least bad candidate"

    Joke

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  251. Linda S

    If Condaleeza were on the ticket, I would be completely committed to voting for John McCain. I have said for the past several years, I WISH she would run for office. She appears to be the most democratic, intelligent and knowledgable person for office. She understands the responsibility we have to help nations who are not as prepared as the US to build and maintain an infrastructure and maintain national security, and perpetuates the importance of education as a means to abolish tension and war.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  252. Dale Ashley

    Secretary Rice has accomplished nothing since being in office. She waves to the press when she leaves the U.S., arrives at her destination, waves to the press when she leaves the plane, spends a few days talking with whom ever and smiling at the photo ops. Then she waves at the press when she leaves. The end result is lots of wasted time and airplane fuel paid for by the taxpayers and nothing changes.
    She is as useless as Bush and Chaney! No one in the Bush administration should be allowed in Washington after he leaves office!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  253. Chris in Fayetteville, GA

    I think Rice is as electable as Colin Powell. Both brilliant minds that are forever tarnished by the Bush presidency. In my opinion, you don't get a second chance after supporting such a huge blunder like the invasion of Iraq has proven to be. I like McCain currently but will not vote for him if Condi is his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  254. Dave

    Back-to-back War Criminal Veeps? Sure, why not?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  255. Lee

    Less. I wouldn't vote Condaleeza onto a 9th grade student council. I don't think she's accomplished much as Secretary of State. Colin Powell or retired General Russell Honore might be more interesting choices.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  256. Randall

    The only thing I'll support Condalizzzard Rice for is being put on trial for war crimes and treason.

    If McCain does choose her, it will be even more apparent than it is now that McCain will NOT be elected president. With over 80% of the country saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, how would putting that airhead on the ticket give McCain more votes?

    Condi is an embarrassment to America. We look like total idiots due in large part to her not understanding or caring to understand what this country should stand for. Starting wars of aggression and occupying sovereign nations while we give billions to Israel so the Zionists can carry out their genocide and illegal occupation is absolutely asinine.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  257. Dr. K.

    This will be a good news for republican!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  258. G. Ross

    It would be construed as pandering to race, or the race card, so it would never happen.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  259. Bill, Glen Cove, NY

    Why would anyone think it means a continuation of the Bush administration? Don't they think Hillary winning means a continuation of the Bubba Clinton years and how wonderful were they?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  260. Jane

    I would be more likely to vote McCain with Rice on the ticket. I think she would be a good candidate. I don't associate her with Bush's disasterous presidency as much as the others here do. I blame Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld. It will take generations to repair the damage they have done.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  261. Judith A Sedgeman

    As unlikely as I am to vote for John McCain under any circumstances, I wouldn't even consider him a credible candidate of Condi Rice were his running mate. She is completely incompetent in any government role. It appears that she had competence in her pivate sector jobs previously, so she should return to the private sector as soon as possible. She has been one of the most ineffective, and most insipid, members of the Bush administration, plus she has fawned all over Bush. So she would just remind us all what a hopeless blunder the Bush administration has been.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  262. RR in Princeton NJ

    Jack,

    It would not surprise me if McCain did pick Rice for his VP running mate. After all, that would balance the racial ticket with the Democrats, assuming that Obama will pick a white as his running mate. I'm a Hillary Clinton supporter, but I will be forced to vote for McCain if Obama wins the Democratic nomination, which he likely will. No way will I vote for Obama. It would be like voting for Lt. Fuzz in the Beatle Bailey comic strip for president. Obama is a joke, & all of you in the media have been drinking his grape Kool-Aid from the outset.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  263. Dan Gordon

    Well, she is certainly moore qualified for Vice President than Obama or Clinton are for President. I see all the Leftist are having a fit about this story, but I'm sure they would find a problem no matter who it is. I might not want anymore Bushies as they say, but I'm sure don't want a bunch of Leftist/Socialist either – I think McCain will do fine with his VP pick.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  264. Ron Dutka

    After reading scores of replies to this question, I am convinced I am the only Republican that reads CNN online. Condoleezza Rice has experience Obama can only dream about, and a resume even Clinton couldn't fabricate. To all those respondents who believe Condoleeza would be a drag on the Republican ticket, to the contrary; she would fire up the Republican base even more than Hillary would.

    Ron
    Irwin, PA

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  265. Sal From Canada

    As an outside observer to the nightmare of the last 8 years, I think you would have to be out of your minds to vote for a ticket that has Mcain and Rice on it. Mcain afterall is nothing if not Bush version 2 and Rice has to be considered one of the worst Secretaries of State that your nation has ever produced.

    then again, America did vote for 8 years of Bush, so nothing would suprise me!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  266. Adam

    The day the Republican Party puts a single, pro-choice black woman on its national ticket is the day hell freezes over. Period. No matter how much the Republicans flirt with this possibility, it simply won't happen.

    BUT if I'm terribly wrong and Rice does make the ticket, all it will do is cement the McCain candidacy as a Bush-Cheney reelection campaign.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  267. Joe

    She walks and talks like she's competent, but looks deceive. Bush loves her, but Bush tends to be impressed by incompetent behind kissers. I don't think women particularly care for her and I can't see black voters getting excited by someone who's career has basically consisted of kissing up to powerful white men. This is an idea that makes sense only to out of touch "inside the beltway" types.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  268. larry gurner

    I have been hoping he would see her as the "right" choice. She would represent at least four more years of Bush's policies and there's at least 67% of Americans want no part of the status quo. BRING HER ON!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  269. clyde in Detroit

    As a black american I have never seen the race card so blaton as to put George Bush's flunky as a VP running mate. This show how the republicans will stoop to any length to stay in office.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  270. Craig

    Put Condi on the ticket if you want me to vote for Clinton or Obama
    McCain could find many great women any race to help him win, Condi aint one of them

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  271. Dave in Astoria

    Jack.... you wild and crazy guy. YOU'RE KIDDING, _____RIGHT?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  272. Jeff

    I've been hearing this for a while now. You can already buy McCain Rice 2008 gear online. I think this is a wise move for the GOP...getting younger and more diverse with one choice. When Obama finally secures the Dem. ticket a McCain Rice GOP ticket would make sense to combat his strengths.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  273. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack, My biggest problem with Rice is that she hasn't accomplished anything. Her tenure under President Bush has been a non-event. I have not seen the leadership traits needed in a Secretary of State that could then be used as Vice President. McCain needs a fresh face.

    Robert
    Forest, Va

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  274. Dana Johnson ( in Maryland)

    Even if I were going to vote Republican There are two reasons I wouldn't want her on the ticket. First, She would out shine McCain in competence, making him appear less competent than he really is, and most importantly, She has stated she doesn't want to run for that kind of position presumably because she doesn't feel she is suited to the job. If she doesn't think she should be President I think we should trust her judgement which is only suspect because she is working for Bush. She's probably the best thing about that administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  275. Kevin

    Condi is great...I just can't wait!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  276. Kris

    I would definitely be much less likely to vote for McCain if Rice were his runningmate. Why would he even consider her? She has accomplished nothing during either her tenure at NSA or State. She brings nothing to the ticket except more ties to a failed administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  277. Roger, Kansas City, MO

    With all the fence-mending the US needs to do around the world, Condi Rice seems oddly the right person for the job. A VP who speaks multiple foreign languages and has a background in intelligence would be a nice upgrade over any VP over the last 20 years. What if the VP spot was an actual job with credentials instead of just "the other politician on the ticket"?.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  278. Carolyn

    RIce would be more of the same. She can not think for herself so I guess she would be taking advice from Bush. Oh I forgot he can't think for himself either. Guess it would be Chenny giving out the advice.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  279. Amber

    More likely... I'm not sold on McCain yet. I'm a little upset at how the primaries went. But I think that Rice would be an asset to his campaign at a time where many conservative republicans are still not ready to 100% back him.
    She could be the piece of the puzzle that brings the party closer together. With that being said though, I am a female, so it "completes" my desired package, but that might not be true for males.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  280. Paul

    Are you serious?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  281. Mike Tampa, FL

    The Democrats are going to paint McCain as "Bush's third term" regardless of who he chooses as his running mate. Here's a novel idea: perhaps McCain should just choose the best canidate for the job and let the chips fall where they may. Polls this far out are completely unreliable anyway.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  282. W

    Who cares!!! The repulbicans don't have prayer this time around and the thought that they are tyring to kill 2 birds with one stone is rather humorous....again who in there right mind wants 4 more years of this crap!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  283. robert

    McCain/Rice!!?? What platform (besides ' The WarMongers' ) would this be? The 'approaching-infirm' and the 'short-term-memory loss' ticket? I didn't think things could get any worse. If those two were elected, I would be wrong.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  284. D. from MT

    Oh my Jack,
    Less likely by far. The team of Rice and McCain is much too close to being another George Bush term. Yuk!! Don't even want to think about it much less consider it. Condi alone is much more tolerable.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  285. Eric From Chicago

    She all of a sudden makes the thought of John McCain unappealing.

    Condoleeza Rice is a reminder to all the misdeeds of the Bush Administration. It would be interesting to see her on the campaign trail finally having to pretty much "Go on Trial" to the American Public fo the War on Iraq.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  286. Tom

    I would be more likely to vote for McCain if he picked Rice. It is amazing how people keep saying the last seven years have been bad. It is only the last six month! Our economy was very strong and it is the lazy and thoughtless people of america that continue to complain. It cracks me up that people over extend themselves financially and they point fingers at the Republicans. Way to go AMERICANS!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  287. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, I give Condi an A for effort an a D over all, I don't see what she has done good or bad? The Bush crew just needs to go.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  288. Roy

    I wouldn't vote Rice in as Dog Catcher! She needs to go back to her piano, she's good at that.

    Roy-Id

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  289. alex parent

    Isn't eight years of Bush enough?

    Alex – Kalamazoo Michigan

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  290. Rob - Houston, Texas

    Less likely and I am a republican. I would like to see Huckabee picked by McCain.

    I think the Democrats should be just a little bit concerned if Hillary loses to Obama. You might just see a McCain/Clinton ticket!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  291. Tanya, from TX

    I actually like her style but I hate her politics.....besides, didn't she say she didn't want to be Vice Prez....Anywho, I think John-John could have Ghandi on the ticket and he wouldn't win this election!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  292. darko

    McCain needs a conservative running mate and preferably one with experience in the area of economics. The VP is supposed to fill gaps in the campaign.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  293. Haley

    Absolutely! I wasn't planning to vote this year cause NO ONE seems to be a phenomenal candidate. But the second I saw that Rice could be his V.P., I thought that I would definately vote for McCain. She's a strong woman who kicks ass! She would seal the deal for me........

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  294. Donna

    I say put up Condi for VP. That would ensure the Dems a victory. All the Dems would have to do was play the "mushroom cloud" speech over and over again. She is W's puppet. We do not need any more of
    Bush's failed policies.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  295. Ron

    This would spell doom for McCain and the republicans. It would ensure more of the same bush politics that many republicans are afraid of.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  296. Keith in Prescott, Az

    I'm voting for Mccain with or without Condi. I cant afford Obama or Hillary. Socialists are not cool!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  297. rex the wonder horse

    Please no.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  298. Jack Adams, PA

    I was inclined to vote for McCain, if Clinton was the on the other side. Now I may actually vote for Clinton, if Rice is McCain's running mate.

    God, we have no choice.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  299. Eric

    I am African American for Hillary, but I would love to see a McCain/Rice ticket. Then let's see what type of venom the Obama followers can spew then. The surely won't be able to play the race card!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  300. Carol, Camarillo, CA

    At this point, I'm voting for McCain no matter the running mate. Obama is a great speaker – but he is basically a first term senator with very little experience. H. Clinton has all the kinds of experience that worry me. I think Condi Rice would be an intelligent, experienced addition to the McCain ticket. Frankly, she has more actual experience than either Obama or Clinton, pt 2. To say that she would bring on a third stage of a Bush administration is really an insult to both her and to McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  301. Andy

    Jack, Why bother with Condi? We already have a more experienced candidate – Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney! There will be no confussion then.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  302. Paul

    I am a died in wool democrat who is deeply discouraged by the current election cycle. I am considering abandoning my party and will if Condi runs with McCain. They would be a super team.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  303. Chris, Philadelphia, PA

    I tend to want to support minorities running for public office because I believe America needs as many different views of life as there are here; But this woman just has too much baggage.

    Obama, 2008.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  304. Mark L Gibson

    I think Condi would be the PERFECT VP candidate – she is a brilliant, focused and accomlished woman. I, too, want all remnants of Bush removed from the presidency but think she is far more than one of his lackeys. NO ONE would be a better VP candidate!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  305. Matt

    Good golly, I'm not going to tell you who is on my list for VP. I'm just going to float a bunch of names in the media and see which one sticks. Why don't we just have a poll for every republican and see what we end up with. Thanks guys for leading to the dumbing down of the public. Let's start getting some real news going!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  306. Michelle, Grapevine TX

    I would love to see her run w/ McCain! She is a competent, brilliant and classy woman. And while I am largely disappointed with the handling of the war in Iraq, Ms. Rice is a formidable stateswoman who has been patriotic and true to her administration. Having an African-American woman in the mix may take "guilt votes" away from Barak or Hillary – you know, those people who feel obligated to vote for someone based on race or gender.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  307. Charles in Florida

    Jack, I would definitely be less likely to vote for McCain with Dr. Rice as his VP. People are already implying McCain's run for the White House is Bush's third term. Adding Condi Rice as VP, would be like having two "W's" instead of one.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  308. Jason

    More likely. As a Democrat, she's probably the one Republican that I still have respect for in this country. A McCain-Rice ticket would be stellar for the Republicans, but I'll still be voting for Obama.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  309. Nancy Eklund

    Yes, I would absolutely support Condoleeza Rice as a VP Candidate–not because of her gender or ethnicity, but because she is highly qualified, extremely intelligent & thinks well on her feet in sticky situations.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  310. Alan Nicewander

    Bring on Condoleeza as McCain's VP candidate! The Democrat's will pummel her for gross incompetence as the National Security Adviser who helped get us into the Iraq war, and for her equally incompetent performance as Secretary of State. McCain would look (even more) incompetent by virtue of his choosing Condolezza as his running mate

    April 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  311. Michael Clouse

    I like McCain and I like Ms Rice, but I could not vote for them under any circumstances. They are just too much of the same. The majority of us want drastic changes in Washington and so far there is only one candidate who promises that. Obama will be our next President. I promise.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  312. Jim Martin

    You know Jack, with the lack of any noticeable talent or ability among the candidates I was going to vote for McCain simply because I think it's his turn. He certainly has as much ability as the other two and he has served and suffered far more than any of the others.
    That said, if Ms. Rice who is grossly incompetent and just a toady for Mr. Bush became part of the McCain ticket it would force me to vote for some other person. Hell, I'd vote for Ralph Nader before I voted for Condi Rice.
    The State Department under her reign has had failure after failure since day one. Go teach college Ms. Rice and write your memoirs. For God's sake; Go!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  313. Ken C

    McCain should wait until the Democrats decide whos running before making an announcement. While I think Condi does a great job, I dont think she is the right one for the VP slot.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  314. David O'Donnell

    Condi as Vice President would only confirm that a McCain Administration will be four more years of Bush.

    Dave
    Cortland, NY

    April 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  315. Linda, Torrance, California

    I'm an independent voter, and would be LESS likely to vote for McCain with Rice as the VP. The two of them are so committed to this war that the ticket would offer no new perspective. Can't tell you how disappointed I am with Rice for her steadfast loyalty to a seriously flawed administration.

    However, I would not completely count out voting for them, as I think Obama is very green and not ready for the job. I would vote for Clinton above all of them, but it doesn't look like she'll make it out of the playoffs into the finals.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  316. Lance

    What about Rice as Gores running mate?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  317. Ken Mastroni

    Much less likely to vote for McCain if Rice is his running mate. This would signify 4 more years of the same failed Bush policies on Iraq. McCain is at his best when he is playing the maverick and doing what he believes is right. Since becoming the presumptive nominee he has abandoned his independent streak and aligned himself with Bush, all in an effort to pander for votes from the most conservative elements of the Republican party. Running with Rice would be nothing more than a continuation of this trend and one that all independent voters should be wary of.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  318. Chris

    Choosing Condoleeza Rice as a running mate would be political suicide for McCain. Rice is one of the neocon warhawks responsible for the war in Iraq and the Bush Doctrine. McCain would do just as well introducing Paul Wolfowitz or Donalf Rumsfeld as his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  319. Nathan

    Condi is the reason why the US is slowly and quietly putting itself back together in the eyes of the world. She would be a great VP choice for McCain - a smart, educated, intelligent candidate with a larger vew of the world than any of the neo-cons who she is in opposition to.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  320. Milton M. Smith

    Ms. Rice brings a "trust" element for me if she were to enter the race with the Senator. I am a republican and having her on the ticket would have little to do with the Bush administration. She compliments the Senator with her global experience and perspective.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  321. Adam from Charlottesville

    Another foreign policy expert is the last thing that the McCain ticket needs. Wait, I take that back...a high-ranking member of the Bush administration is the last thing that the McCain ticket needs.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  322. D. "Logan' Swartz

    I would vote for a McCain / Condaleeza Rice ticket not because of her race or gender but because of her qualifications. She is outstanding and will compliment McCain. She will leave Clinton or Obama gasping for air they if they have the opportunity to debate. She will help put McCain in the White House.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  323. Jim Jacoby

    While I have very much respect for Ms. Rice as a scholar and a diplomat, I would be less inclined to vote for McCain. No offense to Ms. Rice, but she reeks of the Bush Administrations failed policies.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  324. Ben

    Extremely bad move if they put Rice on the ticket. Just leave any Bush legacy off the Ticket if they want any chance to win this election.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  325. Denise

    I am planning to vote for McCain but I would NEVER vote for him if Condi was his running mate!!!!! Please – haven't we had enough already!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  326. Mike, Ohio

    No Jack, As John McCain is so is Condi Rice.....More of the same. We can’t afford another four years of this mess. Besides It sounds like the Repulican Bob Barr is going to be a headache for the Repulican party if he runs. He has an exploritory committee suggesting he might run for the Libritarian Party. That’s music to my ears. The Repulicans need a headache like the one they’ve been giving me the last 7+ years!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  327. Brad -Fort Worth ,Texas

    Hi Jack-
    Less likely, in Mc cain You have a guy who is way wrong on most the issues. In Rice you get a lap dog that tries kiss the hand of the clueless commander n chief. You know , like Bush does to Cheyney now!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  328. Scott

    I would be really, really surprised if McCain picks anyone other than a current or former Southern governor. That would help him shore up the Southern votes that are so critical. I doubt very much that he'd pick someone from Bush's cabinet.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  329. Linda

    McCain needs someone that can be envisioned as a president should he become ill or worse. Oooh...Condi as president is a scarey thought!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  330. DJ

    Secretary Rice should return to academia where I am sure she will do very well. She presided over failure and then disaster as National Security Advisor and I cannot think of a single thing she accomplished as Secretary. If Senator McCain wants to solidify the view that HIS middle name is "Bush", then he should select her.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  331. David

    I am an independent who is considering voting for McCain. However, if Rice joins his ticket, I will most definitely NOT vote for him. I think McCain can bring about change, and Condi will certainly impede that. If he wants to lose the presidency, then signing her up will make that happen.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  332. Alan

    I think putting Condi on the ticket would strengthen it. What really puzzles me about all of these "Bush/war haters" is what was USA supposed to do, let Saddam keep on killing innocent lives? What would happen if he did have nuclear capablities? Democracy is never cheap, and even though the war has lasted too long, it was the humane thing to do. It is always so easy to second guess decisions that I am sure were difficult ones. People need to start backing their government no matter who is running it. I would like to know what these armchair quarterbacks would have done if they were at the helm?
    Noblesville, IN

    April 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  333. Mike

    For Rice to say that she doesn't want the job, and then to run for it would just be another lie – one of many she told to the American people over the years. Just let her retreat from public office and get rich making speeches like Bill Clinton.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  334. Lisa Boles

    Ms. Rice is an extremely capable and intelligent woman. She has the foreign policy experience and the necessary contacts with other goverments and countries already in place. McCain would be very smart to tap into the resources she would bring to the VP position.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  335. Prentis, PA.

    Jack, . . . .Condi is going to do what anyone who has spent the last eight
    years with George W. Bush would do . . . . . .CHILL!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  336. Alan, Washington DC

    I'll vote for McCain regardless. The only thing that recommends her selection is the precisely the reason it shouldn't happen. Selecting an African-American woman in a year when the opposing party is choosing between an African-American and a woman is the height of cynicism and would diminish, not enhance, McCain's candidacy.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  337. vCrisologo

    She has said she intends to go back to Stanford. She even expressed her interest in becoming the NLF Commissioner. She will do what she wants because she wants it and because the media wants or wishes it. I say, let her be and stop your attempts at shaping the political shape of this country. If you, the media, still don't realize it, you are trying to influence the political direction of the United States. Let the people do it; let us do it ourselves without your help. This is one reason people do not like the media.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  338. Mike

    Jack unlike most of these people,
    I'm Voting for McCain, and Rice would be the icing on the cake for me.
    She is smart, experienced and a conservative, I was hoping she would run for President. Besides Rice can Insult Obama a few times, and his crazy minister, and she won't be called a racist for it. Now that would be a change in politics. Although it is entertaining watching Obama, and Hilliary prove why they can't unite even their own party, not alone a country.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  339. Pawan Patel

    On the long list of things Democrats dislike about the government today, Condelezza Rice is up near the top. I believe the Democratic party would like nothing more than to see her as his VP. It would be the perfect thing to prevent those democrats who don't like either Clinton or Obama from swinging to McCain. There is absolutely no way McCain chooses her. However, as an Obama supporter, I say "Please McCain, choose Rice as your VP. Help unite the Democratic party..."

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  340. Jeff

    It's quite humorous how mainly dems are answering this comment section. Condi would be a great running mate. Much more of a head on her shoulders compared to either of the two dems that are slashing each others throats at the moment. It's so funny how they will tear each other down only to have them be running mates in the end. Hide and watch.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  341. Kathy

    I think it's unfortuate that Condi Rice was part of the Bush administration. He has been a dismal failure as president. She certainly has a lot more experience than either Clinton or Obama though. Condi has an impressive background and has the potential to be a positive force. I would vote for their ticket should she be the VP choice.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  342. Tom in Az

    RIGHT!!! The only person that makes any sence is a person with a great amount of business experence and can help the Congress learn something about how to not spend more monry than they take in.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  343. Stephen in Columbia, SC

    While I'm not a huge fan of John McCain (I was a Huckabee man myself), I have tremendous respect for Secretary Rice and I think that her honesty, integrity, and plain common sense would make her a fine addition to anyone's ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  344. carlos

    Not only would she make a great VP but also a great President.

    They will be the ultimate ticket for the Republicans and for our nation.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  345. Amy in NY

    I think I would be less likely to vote Republican. As it would be obvious that the GOP would only be using Condoleeza as a token in the election.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  346. Kevin

    Sure...why not. If Condi ends up being elected as Macain's VP, Democrats won't need an actual strategy to beating Mccain. GOOD IDEA!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  347. Steven Ptrick

    Yep, extention of the Bush Administration fail policies, but she makes the ticket more interesting. The possibility of two African American facing each other in a US Presidential race is very intriguing. Obama may not get all the black votes after all. Maybe Obama can put a Hispanic as his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  348. Jane

    I'll vote for Senator McCain in any case, but I think Secretary Rice would be an ideal candidate.

    Albuquerque, NM

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  349. Hal

    You libs are so stupid!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  350. Val, Philadelphia

    More likely to vote for him. We could have a woman VP if we can't have Hillary for President!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  351. L. Haines

    Absolutely!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  352. Jeri, Texas

    Yes! Yes! and Yes!

    She has the values we desperately need, and stamina to run our great nation. She is a great role model for young black Americans and I would be thrilled if she hooked up with McCain...another great American!

    God Bless America!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  353. Allen Nelk

    I would be more likely to vote Republican if she were to be at the "top" of the ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  354. Larry

    I believe that two terms of Bush are quite sufficient and if McCain were to select Rice as a running mate, that would only indicate that he would resort to any method to increase his supposed viability as a presidential candidate regardless of his true feelings.

    Does McCain really think that the American electorate is that bereft of intelligence that we couldn't see through such a transparent attempt at replicating either an Obama or Clinton ticket?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  355. Greg H. (Jersey City, NJ)

    I'm one of those die-hard Clinton loyalists toying with the idea of voting for McCain if Obama gets the nomination. With Condi on McCain's ticket, there's no way in hell I'd go that way!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  356. Gary, Southfield, Michigan

    I think she would be a bad choice. McCain has made it clear that he disagrees with many of the decisions in Iraq of which she was likely the architect. But more fundamentally, McCain already has foreign policy credentials to crush either Obama or Clinton in that area, and I would like to see a running mate that has more of a domestic and economic background where he is admittedly weaker.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  357. stan

    I wouldn't vote for McCain if Jesus Christ was his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  358. Chris

    Jack, as much as everyone wants to avoid a third Bush term, if one person has to be the #2 for McCain from that administration it might as well be her. She seems to be the only one not openly despised by the American people and media.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  359. obie pittman

    I WON'T VOTE FOR ANYTHING RICE IS ON AND IF OBAMA GETS THE ELECTROL'I WILL VOTE FOR MCCANE.IF RICE IS ON HIS TICKET I WONT VOTE.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  360. Brian Tankersley

    Yes, I would rather have her as PRESIDENT rather than any of the other current candidates running for the office. Vice President would make a McCain ticket more palatable…

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  361. John Schmidt

    I have enormous respect for Condoleezza Rice but I'd rather see her reappointed Secretary of State than Vice President. I don't think either is likely. If McCain wants to win this fall he's really going to need to distance himself from the current administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  362. Tetons

    Oh no, Groundhog's Day. Condi is just another White House cult members. I say "No" to McCain and Condi. When will our Republican Party wake up and acknowledge the fact that registered Republicans such as me are sick and tired of bring dragged around the neck by a short chain?

    Now they want us to vote for McCain? Ha, I don't think so. The only good thing I can say about Condi is that she knows how to get to Iraq. But hey, I thought our goal is to get out of Iraq.

    What happened to our Republican Party? It used to give a damn about Americans. Now it is just a sandbox for Bush and his talking heads – including McCain. Very frustrating.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  363. Cat

    Did everyone forget...Ms. Rice was a democrat first then turned to GOP. She had the best Political Science Professor at DU, Dr. Josef Korbel (Madeleine Albrights Father) she has a great mind and would do well as a VP. But give it a few years for people to forget Bush!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  364. BevAnn

    Sorry, meant to include my location is NYC. And no, McCain won't get my consideration with Ms. Rice on the ticket.

    This woman is a waste of intelligence. Very impressive resume, but I lost my respect for her when she agreed to be this government's representative to the UN on slave reparations, and cemented it when she said the US does not have a race problem and affirmative action is unnecessary. And don't get me started on the numerous lies she has told on the Iraq war. She is nothing but a puppet and will serve no purpose as vice president. Ms. Rice is a self-serving word-that-rhymes-with-ditch. I'm a female black immigrant who is an investment banker and I certainly have had my share of luck AND blood, sweat, and tears in hard work, but no matter how high up the ladder I go I would never suggest it's all ME. That is a blatant disregard for the blacks and women who blazed the trail before me. I feel personally disrespected by her. Mr. Rice is the biggest disappointment of African American prominent leaders and she enrages me.

    Please bring back Colin Powell – I can criticize him for early mistakes, but praise him considerably for having the gumption to walk away from this administration when it crossed the line.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  365. Bob - Cleveland

    Seems like only Dems read this. Condi is a great choice and would be a better President then either of the offerings the Dems have now. Times are tough and we need good people not Hot Air! Hope she is part of the ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  366. Joel

    I Think that would be a tremendous idea and I would vote for McCain and Rice in a heart beat. I think she would make a great Vice President and maybe a future president. Much better qualifications than Obama or Hillary in my opinion. And she wouldn't lay down to these bleeding heart liberals who want to give everything to the terrorists and criminals in this world. The only problem I see is McCains views don't exactly coincide with hers and there may be some conflict there.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  367. robert

    this cuts-it, They give my Plastics work to China, and now they want me to vote for them. Im moving to China. Shes not from Texas is she?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  368. Ken

    As a Democrat, it would be great to see Condoleeza "I didn't read the memo that was on my desk" Rice as McCain's VP. She is Secretary of State in the worst administration in history. They should all be retired.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  369. James in Idaho

    Is she really? How sad. For an intelligent woman she sure does make some dumb mistakes.
    Reminds me of Hillary actually.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  370. Michael

    I'm voting for John McCain no matter what, but I'd love to see Condeleeza Rice as his Vice President. In fact, I think she would make an excellent President of our country eventually, and I would support that.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  371. Ben from Boston, MA

    If McCain is to win office, I want someone in the second slot that doesn't have a track record for making the war worse.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  372. Bill S

    From the "Is she qualified" point of view, it would be genius. She is for my money, the brightest mind in the administration, and I am personally disappointed she is not running for President. i would have loved to help elect the first woman and first non-caucasion Presidant of our country in the same person. WOW! Since i can't do that, I'd love to see her as VEEP!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  373. Samuel

    Condi is great but an Obama tide will sweep it all. She is a great American. Wish she will run for President one day.

    Samuel
    Belize, Central America.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  374. Nate

    MORE – much more!! Despite the knee-jerk reactions of the liberal comments, it is well known that Rice (along with Colin Powell) were circumvented on much of the Iraq policy. They were left with the unenviable job of picking up pieces. I respect Rice for sticking with her position - if she'd left Bush's staff it would have been a significant loss of leveling powers advising the President.

    Aside from her dedication and resilience, she is also a wicked-smart person! We should be honored to have someone of her intelligence and insight even thinking about staying in politics. Most people with her background would quickly gravitate to a high-paying corporate position.

    Finally, if the nation truly wants the first woman president or the first black president, why not someone with the intergrity and brains H. Clinton lacks and the experience B. Obama is decades from having. I believe people across the political spectrum would be pleasently surprised by a Rice VP - followed by a Rice presidency.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  375. Liz

    I'm a proud Clinton supporter, though I didn't start off as one. As I watch and read the news pass quickly over some negaive issues that have come up with Obama, I haven't gotten swept up in his 'celebrity' and brush off the less than positive involvements he's been in. If Clinton isn't the nominee, and Rice runs as VP, I may just move over to the dark side and vote ... r e p u b l i c a n. Experience is key; Black, white, male, female, who cares.. I want a President who will have guts and act appropriately, and as Ben Franklin once said ' He that lives upon hope will die fasting' . Clinton 08

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  376. Bill

    Are you joking? Vote for an architect and continuing supporter of the failed war that has dunked Bush's approval ratings to the dephts he is now in? Heck, the students at Stanford mounted a mass protest when she talked about going back there, does she really think the country thinks any differently?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  377. Jim, NC

    Choosing Ms. Rice as a running mate would be a major blunder for Senator McCain. It would seal the label "Bush 2.0" on his back.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  378. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    We have suffered too long under Neo-Conservative Idealogues. America needs people capable of dealing with reality and adjusting policy and diplomacy appropriately.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  379. Robert Miller

    Perhaps I've been asleep, can anyone name one thing Condi Rice has accomplished in 8 years – twiddling her thumbs before 9/11 doesn't count.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  380. Susan Williams

    If McCain wants the death knell to any chance he has of winning the Presidency, Rice will certainly ring it. She has been the Administration's chief salesman of the war; missed all kinds of red flags in the summer of 2001 that could have prevented the attack, and her accomplishments as Sec'y of State have been absolutely nil.

    We Democrats can only hope for Ms. Rice to be the 2nd slot on the ticket.

    Susan Williams
    Narragansett RI

    April 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  381. Mike in So-Cal

    I would certainly vote for her. Aside from the superficial race and gender thing, Dr. Rice would be an excellent addition to the ticket for her experience and global recognition.

    And, for you nay-sayers afraid of a continuation of Bush policies; regardless of who wins in November, the next few years will be similar to the last few in terms of US relations with the world. We're not going to have a precipitous withdrawl from either war and other countries will still love or hate us as they do today.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  382. Jenn in St Louis

    I will not be voting for McCain regardless. But, if Rice is on the ticket I will be less happy should McCain win the election. Of course, she could end up being the lesser of greater evils depending on who the other options are...

    Bottom line I don't want to see the executive branch in the control of the same group that has been so disastrous in recent years. Nor do I want to see the judiciary further biased by more appointments from religious conservative, anti-personal freedom right wing ideologues. Condi Rice and McCain both represent more of the same to me.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  383. Ron

    It seems all the democrates on this blog are fearfull of her possibly being picked as V.P. She is very qualified and far smarter than Hillary and Obama. I would like her to answer the phone at 3am when needed.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  384. Ed

    First- I am more of a libertarian and not too thrilled with either party. McCain has more to offer me than either Dem candidate, but not by much.

    Now, talk about mixed emotions. I see her as a major architect of the Bush Administration's failures and think that McCain should have a running mate from outside the administration. If he takes an insider it will indeed alienate a lot of people who think he's different enough from the current Bush administration to vote for. An insider would probably make people think it's more of the same thing, which would be bad for his campaign and for the country as well.

    On the other hand, she does have some positive attributes as a running mate.

    When all is said and done, though, I think she would be more of a liability than an asset. Having nothing whatsoever to do with race or gender, purely because of her high position in the administration. McCain has been trying to distance himself from some of the current bunch's failures and this would not help.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  385. Loukis Kissonergis

    No!!
    Everyone says she's smart but I haven't seen anything that she's done right. I think she would have been better as a pianist!
    Alexandria, VA

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  386. George T. Isleib

    If Ms Rice would be a running mate for John McCain, then I believe
    at that point the race for the white house would be over. Between the
    two of them they have more experience than all of them put together especially when it comes to foreign policy. I for one would certainly trust Ms Rice as president without question if it ever came to that. This
    point in itself should negate John McCain's age problem.

    Very best regards

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  387. B.Roy

    I wouldn't vote for McCain anyway but I think when Obama is elected, he'd be wise to consider her for the Secretary of State job. She's knowledgable in foreign affairs and has already made those connections around the globe. Like it or not, she's a smart cookie. Just because she worked for Bush shouldn't exclude her from performing a role under someone who can actually lead.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  388. Taylor, New York

    Honestly Jack,
    I wouldn’t dream of voting for a ticket like that, but that's just me. When you look at it from the conservatives eyes it's perfect because you’re making history and you still appeal to the ultra conservative Bush cronies. In the end McCain-Rice is a conservative dream ticket, but again that’s a DREAM not a REALITY.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  389. Bob in St. Louis

    Jack,
    It would not affect my decision at all. I am an Obama supporter. My question to you is; are the republicans going to be so blatent about the fact that this will be a continuation of the Bush Whitehouse, that they are going to keep some of the key players as well? ...Wow.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  390. Melanie

    You've got to be kidding me. Haven't we had enough of the Bush regime? I am a democrat and thought that there was no way that I would vote for Obama, but if Rice is McCain's running mate I will have to vote for Obama. I didn't think it could get much worse.

    It would be so obvious that he picked her because of her color. He probably thinks this would take some of the black vote away from Obama. How obvious could you get.

    Please, don't make me vote for Obama!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  391. Jaison J. Raju

    Politically, I am not sure Dr. Rice would strengthen the McCain ticket. Bobby Jindal could be better. I know she wouldn't court the black vote, but she might have the best ability to court the conservative evangelical vote.

    I respect McCain's independent streak and intestinal fortitude. I don't appreciate his disregard for the base.

    As a conservative I might feel more comfortable voting for McCain if the Secretary of State took the VP spot. I would feel less antagonism toward a McCain administration.

    Either way, I deeply respect Dr. Rice; her life, character and contribution to our nation. She is a certainly a role model for all.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  392. monica, NJ

    McCain would never get my vote no matter who was running, but with Condi as V.P. it would just be worse for him. Another Cheney/Bush robot.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  393. Mac Dallas

    Just would reinforce my decision to NOT vote for McCain. It is apparent that her background did not provide her any foresight involving any region of the world other than the cold war USSR. Colin Powell seems to be the one who had the foresight and would be the smart choice, though I doubt he would want to be associated with this living on glory days and hot headed candidate, or a party that now wants to socialize corporate bailouts.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  394. Joe

    ARE YOU CRAZY???? Name me one thing that she has accomplished except learning how to wave. What a waste.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  395. Dee

    What about Colan Powel. Great American, Great Advisor, opposed the Bush War for its face value and has far more experience than Barack Obama.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  396. karen

    I would support McCain, but would NOT vote for him if Rice was his VP candidate. She represents the current administration, and I just don't think she would help McCain in his electability.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  397. Henry of NJ

    A balanced ticket: Different gender, race, and generation. But same Iraq baggage. Better than Chaney, but I'd still take a pass.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  398. David

    He would be nuts to take her. She is a confirmed Bushie who rose to power because of her loyalty to Bush. She was intimately involved in all the Bush Administration's mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan and would identify McCain's presidential bid as essentially a third Bush term. Has she ever successfully managed anything? No democrat/independent/republican who plans to vote for Obama or Clinton will change his/her mind and vote for McCain because he has a Black woman on the ticket. Rice brings no votes to McCain. It is the kind of dumb idea which upon which the chattering class loves to muse.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  399. David

    Great idea!
    One can be called "Flip"
    One can be called "Flop"
    They can alternate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  400. Nigel

    It would be a terrible move on his part. She should have resigned after 911 since she was the NSA at the time of the attacks and bears some responsibility for this security breach. I have never heard her say anything acknowledging any responsibility for what is perhaps the greatest national security blunder in this country's history. Hopefully history will scrutinize her performance as she has come under no scrutiny in the past 8 years by the media or the opposition party. In my opinion, she has little integrity and her intelligence is quite overblown.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  401. Martha, Shawnee OK

    John McCain is a man of such integrity that I would trust his judgement on whomever he chose as his vice president. I would want him to be working with whomever made him most comfortable. Ms. Rice seems to be very knowledgeable and experienced and she has done a tremendous lot for our Country already.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  402. John Smith

    I hope that John McCain picks Mitt Romney for vice president
    Romney would be good for the failing economy. He is very smart and
    he would make a great vice president. Condi Rice is too associated with the Bush Administration. People don't trust her. McCain doesn't need to pick a woman or an african american to counter attack the democrats. He just needs to pick a qualified candidate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  403. Diane Brazil

    LESS likely. This woman has sat at the right hand of the devil for the last 8 years. She should be deeply ashamed of herself. Her next best move should be to crawl back under that rock she slithered out from.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  404. Condi for Veep

    I am all for Dr. Rice being our next Veep, she understands cold war politics, and of course we are headed back into a new cold war, and just in case Mac dies in office, she would be a great lil unmarried prez...

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  405. peggy

    By all means get Condi & Nancy to run for VP so all the men will have someone they can control.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  406. Jon, Michigan

    Condi has more experience than Hillary has! Not sure how having been first lady would count as "real experience" anyway, unless she actually ran the country while Ole Bill was playing with interns....

    April 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  407. sjohnston

    Think it would be a wonderful and productive team – she is really special ( coming from white 65 yr old NC Voter) Problem is those idiots in Congress – Don't know how we can get that done, and don't tell me thru the ballot box – You would just be confessing to being as stupid as I am !! Democracy ? is it a workable political solution for our great nation, and if not, what is ?? Have 7 Grandchildren and need someone w/ more intelligence than myself to address, however, after watching CNN and Fox News not sure that individual or individuals exist. Was a fan of Bill O'reilly's but he has become such a pompous ass I no longer watch. Bill, ignore the ratings and get back to what made you unique. Will be easy to jump on this comment w/ criticism but as Shakespeare said, any ass can be a critic

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  408. Matthew from New York

    Jack, I am going to vote for Senator McCain without reservation and the inclusion of just about anyone on his ticket wouldn't have any deterring effect on my vote. It would be interesting, however, to see Obama trying to connect with the souther African-American community on issues of race when he's had a plush and cozy life compared to them when you have Secretary Rice on the other side, a woman who grew up in segregated Alabama.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  409. Judith M. Shade

    Boy, McCain must really want to lose this election! Actually, I don't believe anyone wants to win – who could fix this mess in 4 years and expect to come out with any respect at all?

    Judi Shade
    Hilton Head Island SC

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  410. Russ

    Haha! That's just what America wants. Someone who was one of the main players in the Bush administration to be running the country for another four years. That would be a big mistake.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  411. Joe

    I'd be less likely to vote for McCain if she is his v.p. Because of his age If something were to happen and she became President it would be total Bush domination again. Bush has taught her well.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  412. John NYC

    She is better then Hillary!!!! But that is not saying much. Don't want 4 more years of those kind of lies either.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  413. Tim

    I'm undecided now whether to vote for McCain or the Democratic candidate but if he chooses Rice as his VP choice then I will definitely NOT vote for him.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  414. Ken

    It is best that McCain not fall into the same identity politics game that democrats find so appealing. Sec. Rice's close attachment to the Bush administration would not be a positive for McCain. He is running on the basis of his military and international affairs strength, it would be an overlap of skills set to partner with Sec. Rice. McCain needs to find a legitimate conservative to bolster his ecomomic policy shortcomings.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  415. ben.....La.

    I would not be inclined to vote for John Mccain for President no matter who he chooses as a running mate. If Mike Huckaee were the Republican nominee, I could vote for him but not with Ms Rice on the ticket. If Obama does not get the nomination; then I'll just sit this one out. I'm a black american voter with no party affiliation.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  416. Andrew Thall

    Secretary Rice is superbly qualified to be president and would make a fantastic candidate for vice-president. While I am currently planning on voting for a Democratic candidate, I could sleep well knowing that Senator McCain and Secretary Rice were in charge of the executive branch should they win.

    Laredo, Texas

    April 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  417. Duane Peteresen

    Perfect. The brains behind the worst president in history wants to help McCain. That's hilarious! What is worrysome is that she might actually become president since McCain is so old. We would truly have ROUND THREE of the Bush Regime.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  418. K

    Isn't in interesting that the person (Dan Senor) claiming that Condi Rice is actively pursuing the opportunity to be McCain's VP doesn"t seem to have a real connection with the woman at all. He is apolitical analyst giving his opinion on the subject. Also, the state department said today that Rice's plans are to return to California at the end of Bush's term as she is technically still a tenured professor on leave at Stanford.

    Possible running mates for a presidential candidate is obviously newsworthy, however make sure you have all the information before posing a question that seems to be irrelovent considering it seems fairly certain that she plans to return to California and teach.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  419. jimmy

    im voting for mccain, but i will seriously reconsider if she is on the ticket. im sorry, i dont think im being racist, but the only reason she is being considered is because she is black and a woman. anyone with any connections to Bush is only going to hurt in the long run. trying to show women/minorities that the republican party has diversity will be seen as insincere and will backfire. dont worry about what the democrats are doing, just go with someone who is a good choice and represents something new.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  420. Paul

    I doubt he'll ask her or Colin Powell, not because of race, gender or association with Bush, but because it puts more foreign policy experience on top of his. He'll do better if he names a running mate that strong on economic issues. My bet is on Mitt Romney.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  421. John Schmidt

    To follow up, I don't think it's likely that Condoleezza Rice will be reappointed as Secretary of State because it isn't something I think President Obama would do.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  422. Vicki

    Rice would make McCain more acceptable to me, but I also believe that having someone who has supported President Bush so strongly would be bad for the Republicans.

    It's too bad for Condi. Hopefully she doesn't hang it up and will still be around next time.

    Vicki
    Columbia, MD

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  423. Michelle Meyer

    If McCain is stupid enough to put Rice on his ticket, he doesn't deserve to be president. If he is smart, he'll ask Hillary Clinton to join him.

    Erie, CO

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  424. how about...

    How about we abolish both parties and simply vote for men and women who stand for what would be best for our country. The sad thing is I wouldn't mind seeing Obama be his runningmate, but because of the way this political system is, it can't happen. Why not have a Dem with a Rep???

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  425. Nathan Klintworth

    Rice is perfect for McCain. Rice has good relationships with a lot of countries around the world. Rice as V.P. can help heal the U.S. relationship with other countries around the world. Think about it.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  426. J.P.Tyler,TX.

    I think Ms.Rice would make a wonderful VP. She is a role model to a lot of young people, and it would only give McCain a helping hand in winning this election.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  427. lorraine davanzo

    I think Ms. Rice would hurt McCain's chances of winning. Though I do respect her intelligence, she is unfortunately a poster child for a failing administration. Would the McCain camp consider Colin Powell for VP?

    April 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  428. Patricia V. Clark

    Frankly, I wouldn't vote for John McCain under any circumstances. This sounds like a typical Republican move.....First, Clarence Thomas as a replacement for Thurgood Marshall!!!; then the African American non-Illinois resident that was recruited to run against Barack Obama when he ran for the Senate in Illinois...Now, Condolezza Rice. Could this be someone's bright idea to split the African American vote? Really a disgusting pattern. Unfortunately, the media will play this out to the hilt, all the while moaning about introducing race into the election. As Obama said some time ago, this is truly the silly season in politics. pvc

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  429. James

    Sen. McCain is not going to pick Condi Rice for the #2. Nothing against her qualifications, but her association to the Bush White House is fuel for the Democrats' fire.

    Sen. Joe Lieberman will be his #2. Same excellent qualifications but a twist... He is a Democrat- Oops... I mean Independant.

    Between the two they have maturity, experience and leadership. They will be the epitome of bi-partiniship, something our Country needs right now.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  430. Richard Burger

    I think that Ms. Rice as the V.P. running mate would greatly solidify and strengthen McCain's campaign, and the Republican Party. She is smart, savvy, and very believable. I would not hesitate to vote for a McCain-Rice ticket. I strongly believe that neither Obama or Clinton could come close to overcoming them at the polls.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  431. Alex Patton

    I have the greatest respect and admiration for what Condaleeza Rice has accomplished in her tenure in the Bush administration and as a public official. However, I think if John McCain selects her as a VP he will polarize the country into voting Democratic. I think most people (including myself) tend to have a negative connotation when it comes to anyone associated with the current Bush administration over their failed financial policies and failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bush administration has alienated many of our allies and turned public sentiment against the US. We lost the high ground when we invaded Iraq. We should have remained focused on the central issue in Afghanistan. Outside of Dick Chenney, Ms Rice is the top person most Americans associate with the Bush Administration. Now, if Collin Powell were to run,...

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  432. Larry from NYC

    Jack,

    Less likely. She lied about seeing the now infamous National Security briefing note in August 2001 that stated that Al-Qeada was intent on attacking the US with planes. She mis-handled Iraq. She has likened the government of Israel to the local Jim Crow politicians of her youth. All in all Secretary Rice has been a horrible failure. Having her a heartbeat away from the Presidency would be a disaster for this country and the world.

    Larry from New York

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  433. Bill in New London, CT

    As a democrat, I would never vote Republican. But thinking back to my Independent days, I would be torn on this subject. Sure, it would entice the "I just want to make history with a woman or black man as president" crowd, at least enoguh to give them a choice and sit in the "undecided" column in polls, and set up for a black woman president in four years. She seems to be highly intelligent, genuine, and charming. She has all the ingredients to be the perfect VP for John McCain to counter any Democratic attack. BUT (there's always a but) she is tainted by George W Bush. Can anyone remaining in that administration survive without serious damage to their own credibility? I can't see it happening. What happens with the "shouldn't you have seen 9-11 coming with the intelligence we had" questions come up. It could get sticky.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  434. Dennis Hatcher

    The independent vote is what won him the nomination and it's the independent vote that is going to win him the general election. Picking anyone associated so closely with Bush might garner him favor with the conservative right but would ruin his chances with the swing voters that will make this election.

    Frankly, with all the bad news the last 8 years, do we really need any reminders of it sitting in offics? And for that matter, being next in line to run the country? Thanks, I'll pass.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  435. Mike Mc

    I would imagine that McCain would want to distance himself as much as possible from anyone in the Bush Administration. However if picking someone like Condoleeza would assure a Republican defeat this fall, then by all means pick her!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  436. Dan, Upstate NY

    McCain now has the dubious task of negotiating the path the White House and who he chooses as VP will make that path smooth or rough. Rice is certainly an interesting pick: keep the controversy over the Iraq War down and she certainly would be a contender.

    The big battle McCain needs to fight is demonstrating his conservative credentials and showing that he is indeed different than Hillary or Barack. As a conservative, I'm really having a hard time seeing the difference. I just want government out of my life as much as possible.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  437. Brian M

    Jack, I will probably be less likely to vote for John McCain if he chooses her. I think this would be a poor decision for him because she is such a strong supporter and essentially a symbol of the Bush administration. That is not saying she is not worthy for the position, because she certainly is, but Senator McCain is better off going with Governor Huckabee. We didn't expect Huckabee to be a huge contender this election and I think that he has proven that he could and should be in office. McCain and Huckabee would be a great Republican pair, and thats who I hope to see come November.

    Penfield, New York

    April 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  438. Blake

    As a libertarian-minded republican, this is just the kind of news story that McCain needed to distract me from Bob Barr. Condi would be a wonderful VP if she could use debates to distance herself from the subordinate position she played in this administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  439. marty johnson Utah

    The real question for our country is: who is best qualified to keep us safe from terrorism. It sure isn't the dems. Adding Condie to the ticket would add another layer of security to our country. Dems have always been soft on terror. Americans, especially the libs, are really stupid in forgetting the holocaust of 9-11.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  440. John-MO

    No way, if McCain wants to have a chance in November, he needs to distance himself as much as politically possible from the Bush Administration. It would be a huge mistake to put her on the ticket as VP

    April 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  441. Jonathan

    I think John McCain will make up his own mind about a VP. Ms. Rice's slip a few years back about Pres. Bush being her "husband" says it all. But seriously, she's not been effective in her current position on critical foreign policy matters or so it seems and offers little more than the same to Mr. McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  442. Bud

    Having been a Republican all of my voting life I say this with some anguish, but Bush has so raised my ire over these last several years that I wouldn't vote Rupublican in the upcoming election if God himself was on the ticket.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  443. Lynn from Tennessee

    Jack – that would be a lovely thing to do to help get a Democrat in the White House. It would ensure that McCain was offering 4 more years of Bush and we certainly don't need that! I just hope and pray that the Demorcrat will be Barack Obama!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  444. Garret

    Personally, Yes! I've been a fan of Condoleezza since I saw her handle a press conference after Hurricane Katrina. She was the ONLY public official that spoke in a calm, reassuring, empathic, truly feminine but also fully authoritative way. I don't know much about politics, but I thought Connie handled herself really well under lot's of pressure and could pull off a Vice Presidential stint rather well! Go for it, my vote is with Connie!!!!

    Irvine (Orange County), California

    April 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  445. Jim

    McCain -Rice would be the best thing for the Stupid Republican Voters. Proof positive of their wish to keep Bush in office.
    Great for the Democrats.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  446. Laura

    I would be MUCH less likely to vote for McCain if Rice were his running mate. Condi was one of the reasons we went into the disastrous war in Iraq and is nothing but a Bush yes-woman. She once even mistakenly referred to him as her husband.

    What a joke!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  447. JD

    Jack,

    I think the people who won't vote for McCain because of Rice are those who wouldn't vote for him in the first place. The same goes for the ones who would vote McCain.

    The republicans are lucky (or smart), the only thing they really need in a VP is someone who isn't in his or her 70s. Compared to the democratic race, it's nothing to worry about.

    JD
    Winnipeg, MB

    April 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  448. Bill, Wilmington NC

    Perfect! Another Bush-like, arrogant/incompetent to augment McCain and his "Hundred-Year War". This would be the dream ticket for Democrats...bring it on!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  449. Phil, Fort Lauderdale

    Wouldn't change my vote, which is NO for McCain. But it would be more proof positive that McCain is doing everything possible to get elected, including bailing on his "maverick" image and steering hard right. I didn't always agree with the man, but I did respect him until he became "the presumptive nominee" and turned into a pander-bear.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  450. Chris

    I'm not any MORE likely to vote for McCain with Rice as his running mate. She was National Security Advisor during the lead up to the Iraq War and has been Secretary of State during Bush's second term of failed foreign policy. I'm amazed at how outspoken McCain had been against many Bush administration policies, but he has become more friendly with the Bush Republicans as the general election draws near. Choosing Condi Rice as a running mate would be political suicide if McCain intends to draw moderate Independents away from voting for the Democratic candidate.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  451. Jean

    Sadly, I'll be less likely to vote for McCain. I honestly never thought I'd see the day when women as intelligent as Hillary and Condoleezza would be running. I truly thought I would be supporting them both. But Hil seems to be playing dirty, and Condi has been knowingly playing for (& defending) the wrong team for too long now. I didn't think it was possible, but she makes McCain seem even less electable.

    PS: Jack, you're the better part of my evening.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  452. Anthony DeWitt, MI

    I would vote for Condi Rice and McCain without question. Obama is an intelligent man but has no experience and Hillary is a professional politician. Keep her in the Senate where her damage is controllable. Condi has the experience and will be Bush-less and McCain the wisdom. I believe it would be a tremendous team to lead this country. Frankly, I would take anybody that would promise to help get Michigan out of this economic recession it has been in for three years! Where's Romney when we need him???

    April 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  453. Jamie from Pennsylvania

    No, less likely ! We have to get as far away from the Bush administration as possible !
    I hope the American people don't screw this up again, Jack !

    April 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  454. Mrs. Bland

    As a very conservative Republican who would rather vote for Obama than McCain, the one thing that could change my mind would be if McCain has Condy on his ticket.
    Columbus, Ohio.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  455. Martin H., Atlanta

    Colin Powell would be a much better choice-At least he had the integrity to get as far away from the current administration as possible, when he saw what was happening. Condi couldn't even do that! No way I'd get near any Republican ballot, with or withiout her.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  456. Dave, Cleveland

    While I think she is qualified, any individual with ties to the current administration would be an albatross around McCain's neck. I don't feel she would help in the race. Just as I won't vote for any ticket with a Clinton on it, I am certain that there are a large number of voters who would not vote for McCain if he has anyone with ties to the administration.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  457. Craig, Seattle, WA

    At the moment, not any more than I'm likely to vote for Obama. GO HILLARY!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  458. Lynne Kortz

    I feel that John McCain would be really wise to put Rice on the ticket with him. She is a great American asset, and should really help pulling the African American vote. This would be a good ticket to go up against either of the Democrats.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  459. Brian

    I think Rice would be a great choice as a running mate. I must say that the venom being spewed against her right now sounds like fear to me. I think that the extremist liberals were already a little scared that their two choices for president have almost zero experience with anything in governement. With the addition of Rice to the ticket, the perceived gap of experience would be even greater.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  460. Sandy Sanders from Hanover VA

    Sec. Rice is a woman of faith who would be a superb VP. She is intelligent, knows foreign policy, and would be a strong experienced President if that became necessary. She also would restore the GOP as the Party of Civil Rights. I urge Sen. McCain to appoint her!

    April 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  461. Steven WI

    Ha....Obama would not be such a rock star if Rice
    enters. This life-long Democrat will support, vote,
    and campaign for a McCain-Rice ticket (especially
    if Obama wins the Democratic Nom.)

    April 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  462. Jeffrey, New York City

    The only reason she's even being discussed is because she's both african-american and a woman. Everyone from this administration is radioactive as far as the majority of the country is concerned. Obama inspires young voters with hope. Clinton speaks of national healthcare. McCain talks tough on the war. What exactly does Ms. Rice bring? A fondness for "I do not recall" ??

    April 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  463. Alexis Vives

    I think it's great! The unhappy blacks who would be upset it Barack Obama is not nominated and the unhappy females who would feel the same about Hillary Clinton not being the nominee could then vote for McCain/Rice as she would be both black and female! Yeah – four years of McCain and 100 years of war.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  464. Todd PA

    Mccain will be a GREAT president!!! I would have voted for him eight years ago. I can't wait to vote for hime in 2008.

    BUT IF SHE IS HIS RUNNING MATE, I'LL VOTE FOR MYSELF!!!!!!!

    I'm sure he would NEVER ask her to be his running mate. Mcain has to much intelligence to make that blunder. This RUMOR is probably being started by the democratic national party. After all Mr. Dean will do anything to turn our GREAT country into a socialist society.

    April 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  465. Casey

    I think she'd be a great choice for the VP. She's very bright and knowlegeable on a global level. Although Hillary is my current first choice, if she's not on the ticket in November McCain-Rice would be my second choice over Obama.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  466. Doug

    I would be much more inclined to vote for McCain if she was on the ticket. I only wish she had run for President so that we would not have McCain in the mix in the first place.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  467. Andre / Florida

    Dr. Rice has earned the respect and praise of everyone in America. She has tremendous credentials and experience. She has had to endure discrimination as a Woman and an African American. Case in point, how many times over the course of his career did we refer to Dr. Kissinger as "Hank". But the press, and even the Presidential staff will refer to Dr. Rice as "Condee", what a ridiculous insult.

    The Republican Party would do themselves a huge favor by adding Dr. Rice to the ticket as McCains running mate. She brings intellect, composure, class, and youth to boot.

    However, true to form, it seems McCain and the party elite are already lining up excuses not to diversify.

    It's a real shame too – As an African American,this election,has made me increasingly proud of America in general, and white America in particular. I think everyone should think this through, it's what Michelle Obama was getting at. Black America, justifiably or not ,has felt like a good portion of the majority population were not interested in supporting us as citizens. I have never been happier to trash an idea in my life. America is truly ready for a new identity and a stellar future . Adding Dr. Rice to this terrific and eclectic blend of candidates can only help the country move forward. I can tell you one thing, if she is on the ticket I will be conflicted, torn, excited and proud!

    Andre,
    Miami, Florida

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  468. linda

    LESS. She is helping to try to divide Jerusalem in the name of "peace" and that is not a step in the right direction.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  469. Tom B in Idaho

    I like Condi...and while I have some issues with the Bush administration, I certainly would not call it the worst in U.S. History. With that said I recognize that most Americans do not share this view and therefore McCain would be making a huge mistake putting anyone from the Bush administration on his ticket. I should point out however that while McCain was not my first choice I can garuntee you I will not be voting for Obamba or Clinton, so McCain could pick Porky Pig as his running mate and I would still vote for him.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  470. Nancy, IL

    I cannot vote for Obama if he is the Democratic nominee, and although I could vote for McCain, if Rice is his running mate, the Republican ticket will not get my vote. I would take a pass on voting for president this time, and vote only in my state contests.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  471. Bob Volland, New YORK, N.Y.

    Great idea. If she is selected as VP nominee a Democrat victory would be virtually guaranteed as there would be n o doubt that McCain is the reincarnation of Bush

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  472. Kim Evans

    I would be literally compelled to vote for McCain should he choose Rice as a running mate. I was hoping she would run for president. Since that didn't happen, V.P. is the next best thing for now. Whether she supported our president in going to war or not... how many people were on the bandwagon in the beginning? It's great to have 20/20 hindsight, and in all honesty, we don't know what goes on between countries and leaders. I am not going to sit here and judge from my comfortable spot on the sofa. Still, it would be a relief to see the American people regain their faith in our leaders, and I believe McCain and Rice would be the perfect combination to accomplish that task.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  473. Michael Sherman

    I am going to vote for John McCain regardless, but I think she does tend to allign herself more with Bush, and I think that will throw away the votes of some angry Republicans. However, this page is a pointless place to to ask this question, because 90% of the people looking at this page are Democrats and will not give the answers of your typical McCain supporter.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  474. Colleen

    Adding Rice to the ticket would be my reason number one million and one NOT to vote for McCain

    April 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  475. Miguel

    Putting Rice on the ticket may be a strategy some democrats may fear. In real life, the election will again hinge on the economy. The president will be whoever is perceived in November as the best person to secure American's financial well-being. The inspiration, gender and race factors will be secondary if the economy continues its downturn.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  476. Ray

    Although I think Dr. Rice is an amazing person with a lot to contribute to this country, she would have been a more effective VP if Romney won the nomination. Her expertise (and PhD) is in foreign policy and international affairs, a background which Romney didn't have and one which McCain touts as his strength. In order for McCain to pick a good candidate, he should get someone who can fill in for his weaknesses–especially economic ones.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  477. Katie

    Jack,

    I love Condi and I love McCain. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the right time for either one of them to be running for the presidency. There's too much hatred towards the Bush administration right now for either one of them to succeed. I'm voting for Obama this fall, unless Clinton steals the nomination, then I'll be screaming Go McCain!

    Katie
    Marengo, IL

    April 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  478. Albert from Boca Raton, FL

    McCain will get my vote with or without Rice. Anyone who thinks Hillary or Obama would make a better President is an optimistic dreamer.

    McCain needs to strenghten his ticket with someone recognized as strong and knowlegable regarding the economy. Rice does not bring that with her. If Newt did not have all that extra baggage, he would be a good choice.

    What McCain needs is a Newt. with an empty skeleton closet.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  479. Gary in ABQ, NM

    I have to say that I would be less inclined to vote for a McCain / Rice ticket. As others have already said, Ms. Rice plays a major role in the problems we have in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

    Although I could say that I could "never" vote for McCain if he included anyone in the current administration as the VP nominee, I'm not sure how I would vote if that ticket was running against Hillary Clinton.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  480. Dave from Oviedo, FL

    Why not just choose Cheney?!! If John McCain has any hope of attracting independents he needs to keep any Bush cronies as far away from his campaign as humanly possible.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  481. jenkinsbrigade

    Nothing McCain does will persuade me to vote for him. After years of watching both parties expand the power of the fed, tinker with centralized planning, meddle in foreign affairs, and otherwise destroy the America envisioned by the framers of the Constitution, I will never vote for the lesser of two evils again. I will write in Ron Paul's name if I have to, then most likely watch our country's further, and possibly irreversible, slide towards global irrelevancy.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  482. Steve Tozier

    Secretary Rice would be an excellent VP; a class act for sure and a great role model for us all. Compare her to Hillary Clinton; Ms. Rice wins hands down.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  483. Jared

    I am a Conservative Republican and I'm unhappy with McCain. The only way to get me excited about him is if he selects Mitt Romney or Condi Rice as VP.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  484. V. Allison

    I will be voting for McCain anyway, but Condoleezza Rice would make it even better. Its plan to me that CNN is a liberal news web site by the other comments here. Not too many conservatives can stomach this all negative news site.

    Orange Co, Calif.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  485. Nancy McGhee

    Less Likely!!! I'd rather have Jesse Ventura and I'm a democrat from Minnesota.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  486. David Hillstrom

    I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than vote for John McCain – I don't care who his running mate will be.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  487. Julie Tomaso

    Jack,

    That would be a great move. She is well respected everywhere in the world and would be a wonderful complement to the ticket.

    Julie
    Woodstock, IL

    April 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  488. Steven Beauchamp

    I think Secretary Rice would be a great choice, however, I feel that the one name I have yet to see on his short list as reported by CNN is former Secretary State Colin Powell. Colin Powell is a man of great distinction and excellent experience. I feel that Colin Powell would make the best choice and brings a great deal to the political table. However, if his name is truly not on the list Secretary Rice would make an excellent choice.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  489. Demi - Atlanta

    Bush 08. If she runs, and they win (God forbid) we are in for another years of BUSH. Got Oil?

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  490. Stephen

    Not much could make me less likely to vote for McCain including Rice as VP. She's too smart to make a move like this and would deserve the top spot anyway. If she wants an office she'll be back in 2012 or 2016 to run for President, not VP.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  491. Randy

    You have to be kidding

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  492. leela

    1st choice Obama
    2nd choice anti-hillary.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  493. Anthony

    No, a McCain/Rice ticket would not dazzle me in the least.

    I'm tired of living under a "dark rain cloud" in this country. I want to see a return to optimism and a return to a country that's less divided. A McCain/Rice presidency would just be a continuation of the "same old, same old".

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  494. Regine

    Regine
    New Jersey

    I'm an African American woman and I would not never in this lifetime ever vote for her. She is horrible now and she will remain horrible.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  495. Dana Chilton

    I'm a Republican who dislikes Bush immensely. I am a young, white, gay male and I am a strong supporter of Secretary Rice and only wish it were her running for President instead of McCain. You can't compare Secretary Rice to Bush; she's 1000 times smarter and a much better person, personally. I'm all for change and I would vote for Obama if the general election were held today. With Rice on McCain's ticket, my vote would change.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  496. Mike

    More, Condi would be a great addition to his ticket. He needs someone young. He is in poor healthy and the country needs someone behind him they can trust.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  497. Chris Housden

    MUCH LESS! (Not like I would vote for him anyway)
    Hasn't she been the secondary vice president in the Bush administration? This would prove that a vote for McCain means a vote for four more years of Bush politics.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  498. Stephani, St. Louis

    Definitely less interested. I've said all along if Obama does not get the Democratic nomination, I would seriously look over the aisle to McCain, but if Rice is on that ticket, I would have to vote for a third party, or none at all.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  499. JT

    Now the tokenism has gone too far!!!

    Does the Republican Party have any other viable black and/or female Vice Presidential candidates to run against either Obama or Hillary? Just the speculation of having Dr. Rice on the ticket makes the GOP party look ridiculous.

    P.S.
    If McCain is serious about Rice, he'd better reconsider...I wouldn't want him to lose the southern vote. You know that's something they won't tolerate. If you don't believe me, go ask around in South Carolina.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  500. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Condoleezza Rice was merely a puppet for the Bush cabal and was a good solder who did what she was told. However, I feel that she is a brilliant woman who was totally underutilized by the neo cons, when, if let to her own devices might have saved this country from seven years of a totally awful foreign policy, if you can even call it that. I might be totally wrong about this, but I do think, even as damaged goods, she would be a super choice for McCain' V.P. slot. But, hey, as it is, I won't be voting for McCain anyway.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  501. Nick - Lincoln, Nebraska

    Oh heaven's no! I lost respect for McCain the moment that rumor was spread.

    We don't need to mirror the Bush cabnet! Look at where it got us!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  502. donna

    Normally I like a little Rice as a side dish but in this case pass me the Potatoes PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  503. Brian (New York City)

    Less, in fact, while I absolutely plan to vote for Senator McCain at this moment, if she is the VP nominee, I'd likely not vote for that ticket.

    Every book I've read about the Bush administration has been critical of Rice's work as National Security Adviser, and I have seen nothing from her in terms of major accomplishments as Secretary of State. Other than her race and/or her gender, what are the possible arguments for her being the best possible VP candidate?

    April 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  504. Emer

    I would do a happy dance if McCain picked Condaleza Rice as his VP. That would probably top every incompetent thing the democrats in running their elections. Maybe the democrats will actually win this one.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  505. Elizabeth Englander

    Condoleeza Rice may be the only person scarier than Dick Cheney as VP. The "third Bush term" – why not just be done with it and select GW Bush himself?

    April 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  506. David

    I wouldn't vote for McCain regardless of who his running mate is. I agree that he would be in line for Bush's third term because his values don't stray far from Bush's.

    Having Rice on board would only strengthen my opinion that the Republican party can't do much other than indulge in poor judgement about who they bring on board to help run our government.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  507. Rita Antonucci

    Anyone would have to ignore her position as ineffective security advisor to believe she would be qualified for the vp job. No, absolutely I would not vote with her on any ticket

    April 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  508. Norm Batchelor

    She will continue her roll as a token. I am trying to figure out if she has any accomplishments in any of her posts.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  509. Randy (Iowa)

    Wasn't Condi the one who adviced Bush in 2000 that the threat from nuclear weapons in Russia was our number one national security concern? You remember, just before 9/11.

    Ya-right, that's just what McCain needs right now.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  510. David Jackson

    I will vote the republican party line no matter who his running mate is as ANYONE but clinton or obama, they would be a disaster

    April 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  511. D Brunson

    I think she would be a great choice for VP

    April 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  512. Vicky

    I would be more likely to vote for McCain if Rice is his VP
    YES, YES< YES

    April 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  513. Mary L. Bell

    I would not vote for McCain if Rice was on his ticket. You would be amazed as to how many Black people do not like her.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  514. Ryan Johnson

    You kidding me? Lets see what she is known for:

    1. Not being assertive wth Cheney/Rumsfeld in the intial planning of war.
    2. Being a "loyal follower" of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld's war policies and being nothing but a mouthpiece for the partyline.
    3. A compltely ineffective spokesperson for America in the world arena and a huge part of the US losing all its previous cachet it had and now being looked at as a bully and a pariah in world politics.

    Perhaps I shoud hope for her getting on McCain's ticket any way as it will confirm to all Americans that McCain is nothing but Bush the 3rd and nothing different as he claims.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  515. lip

    Reality check folks.
    First and foremost, Obama will win the current race. Due to his "most Liberal" status, Republicans, Independants and middle of the road Democrats will probably vote for McCain and Rice will only strengthen the ticket.
    Everyone knows deep down that the Muslims have a long range plan for us and everyone knows that a Liberal Anti War Democrat is not the best choice for rigtht now. You may not agree with President Bush, but at least he has the courage to confront the enemy on his own turf. Hopefully, some day, all the nay sayers will eat their collective words.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  516. James Thailing

    I was going to vote for McCain anyway, but if Condi runs as his running mate, wow! I think she would make an excellent VP. Matter of fact, I was hoping she was going to run on the party ticket herself.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  517. Ed

    Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if Condoleezza Rice is his running mate?

    Much more likely.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  518. Keith

    I think Rice is brilliant, savvy and would bring a lot to a McCain ticket, and I don't think it's fair to associate her with the Neo-cons that got us in this mess, I wish she would have a had a little more backbone in dealing with Cheney/Rumsfeld but I can say the same thing about a democrat in the running right now.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  519. Stephen M. Olds

    Jack, I don't think I COULD be less likely to vote for McCain if Condi were his running mate – I'd rather vote for Paul or Barr than for McCain regardless of the VP nominee, and I loath both men's political positions!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  520. Brenda Wade

    I wouldn't vote for " a third term" of George W. Bush under ANY circumstances. As for Dr. Rice, being an African-American female is not enough to become Vice President of the United States and neither should it be. Although I am, too, an African-American female, I would not vote for a McCain-Rice ticket. Dr. Rice adds absolutely nothing to Senator McCain's ticket. For the life of me, I cannot think of one single thing Dr. Rice has accomplished as Secretary of State. She travels alot, smiles alot and that is about it. She seems to have limited (if any) control over the personnel under her supervision as her department has had one mishap followed by another. She has not demonstrated that she has the kind of leadership abilities a VP needs even though she has had prime opportunities to do so.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  521. Jim Flannery

    Dear Jack,

    Not only would I be less likely, it would be a lock for the Democrats. This is the woman who stood by and nodded with every bad move by the Bush administration during the first crucial year of this bungled war. I don't think McCain will win anyway no matter who he picks. But if he wants to help turn over the reins, alright then, if he insists.

    Jim Flannery
    Old Forge, PA

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  522. Jason L. - Raleigh, North Carolina

    Yes, I think Condoleeza Rice would make a better presidential candidate than Hillary. She's more strong-willed, cultured, and prestigiously inclined than Hillary.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  523. Justin from Orange City, Florida

    I don't think Condeleeza would help John McCain. Most blacks don't really trust him, or her. He's the same guy who voted against Martin Luther King's birthday being celebrated in Arizona, and she has a hand in this disastrous war we're in. Also a black cadidate, or a woman candidate, yet alone a black woman wouldn't help him with some Republican voting. Not to mention he's not that liked by his own party. So what would be the real benefits? I think there are more cons than pros. I'm not voting for him anyways, so I hope he does choose her.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  524. Bill Johnson Maple Valley WA

    GREAT CHOICE !!
    Rice will bring the conservative base out in droves. Good Choice, experienced team in Foreign policy and managing terrorist threats. Economists are a dime a dozen, they can get all the advice they need from them. Finally Social Security will be addressed, even though the liberals just want to extend the money sucking sound...
    Taxes won't be raised, great news to me too.

    How can anyone choose a liar like Clinton, or a novice like Obma when an honest man (like Harry Truman) like McCain is running.....

    April 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  525. Jodi Boyd, Riverside CA

    I believe the November election would be extremely interesting, and the Republican's only hope, if McCain selects Condi Rice for VP.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  526. Virginia McElrath

    I would not be suprised if Condoleeza Rice tries to be on the Republican ticket. She is an opportunist and has been quite ineffective in her other two jobs. This is not a game, this is serious business and we do not need Condie Rice holding office....she's just window dressing. I have not thought she's told the truth when testifying on capitol hill.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  527. Timothy Codjoe

    Why do Republicans choose a novice as a flag-bearer for the party and choose a laundry person to do the dirty job always? Bush/Chaney again? We are not ready for Dr. Rice in next Bush continued administration. She will serve better in higher institution than a failed Republican agenda that needs repairs. Unless you can wait for the old man to give up and become a constitutional appointed President. Liberman loves the VP position and he will accept that with a big thank you.
    Tim

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  528. Damon

    I wouldn't vote for John Mc Cain even if Angolina Jolie was running with him.......well maybe I would.
    Damon

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  529. Sandy

    The party may not be smarter than to let that happen, but I think Condi is a lot smarter than to want that job.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  530. J. Powell

    If John McCain would like to win the White House in Nov. He needs to convince Colin Powell to run as VP. Conservative, Independent and Realistic African American voters would strongly consider that ticket!

    It would be better to have a voice in the White House than none at all.. Don't be fooled! all African American voters are not on the Clinton or Obama bandwagon, but Republicans would need to make a persuasive choice that would appeal to our constituency! Condoleeza would be a liability!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  531. william

    rice would be perfect

    why?

    1. shes a woman
    2. shes an African-American

    the democrats LOVE to promote "oh the history of this election" and putting the gender/race card up front.

    well it would also be historical for a white man to beat the first woman or African American too!

    plus rice is more experienced than Hilary Clinton and has way more character and life to her than Hilary could ever dream of.

    but why is Hilary Clinton even mentioned anymore? she cant win mathematically.

    and its also funny that black people would not like rice...i mean shes a successful black woman. thats good? or do they prefer poverty pimps like Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson leading the cause for them? we will see. we will see.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  532. Martin Smith

    Maybe McCain could pick Colin Powell instead as a way to win the black vote in America. He would definitely be more appealing than Rice in international circles.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  533. Judith

    Jack,

    I wouldn't vote for John McCain if my own mother was his running mate!! John McCain is completely disconnected with the needs and wants of the middle class. He will never win this election. Why are you wasting valuable airtime on such a "fairytale" campaign!

    Judith
    Gainesville, FL
    Go Gators!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  534. Demin Magdalen

    just do the numbers.
    Rice has the experience of Clinton and Obama togethor, she is a female and also african american. just like 2 +2.
    Even if McCain died right before eleccions, Condoleza rice would beat clinton and obama with one hand tied behind her back,

    Monterey Park, California.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  535. Jim Kebisek

    Come on... what is this a late April Fools joke?? Itr seems like this whole election keeps getting more insane.
    So what what we would have is an old man who can't wait to start his own war with Iran, with a VP/, 2nd in command, who would be considered, as noted in the Koran, half the worth of a male. Is this the best our political system can provide..... why don't you run for president and have Lou Dobbs as your VP. You have my vote!!

    April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  536. Brad, Fort Worth TX

    She would be awesome, extremely intelligent, beautiful, well respected around the world as a no non-sense upfront person. As a member of the worst administration in our history, therefore the Republicans don't have a chance. Senator Obama has a big job from day one on how to restore the USA to the prestige and respectability it once had in the previous 15 years. Senator McCain is too old, so she could very easily become president, but this would not happen as the Republicans will not make it to the White House.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  537. Jacob Pawelski

    I would be less willing to vote for McCain with her as his VP. McCain already comes off as a war hungry Neoconservative without the aid of another. Might as well be voting for another term for Bush Jr. with these two.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  538. Jay Lemoine

    In my opinion, Rice has been one of the worst Secretary's of State in
    U. S. history. She was given a wonderful opportunity to do really great things and failed miserably. Since becoming Secretary of State, she has never 'closed a deal'. We don't need another failed V. P. waving from Air Force One.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  539. Dawn

    She seems like a great person but her inexplicable loyalty to the Bush family make me wonder what is wrong with her.

    McCain won't pick her anyway because she has Bush loyalty written all over her. He needs to distance himself from Bush.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  540. Lorne Kelton

    Jack,

    There's no question that John McCain would ever select Rice as his running mate. He now realizes that he doesn't need to cozy up to conservatives in order to resonate with the American public. Not to mention, Rice's dismal leadership record during the run up to the Iraq war. She would simply be fodder for either Obama or Clinton and that's something McCain will distance himself from.

    Montreal, Canada

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  541. Robert M

    McCain and Rice? Lets look at this from a non-partisan point of view:
    Look at the contributions they and their cohorts have made to our country and humanity in general over the last 5 1/2 years. Then ask yourself how anyone but a complete fool could vote Republican in the next election

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  542. Carlos C.

    Where do these people come up these ideas? These people continue to prove just how out-of-touch they all are with the American people. I mean, you're talking about someone who's been part of one of the most currupt administrations that has ever plagued this nation actually proposing a to run in a VP spot?

    I got news for you America ain't that stupid, and I'm pretty sure John McCain knows it. ...unless you know, he has another senior moment like he had when he visited the middle east.

    =New Jersey

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  543. WHATLEY

    Frankly, I don't think that Senate Clinton should prolong this race. It is obivious that she may win more states, but it will not put her in a lead position. I think that she should fold and try to unite the Dem. party. Do you think that former President Bill should be back in the White House after all he was impeached.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  544. Sarah - Quakertown, PA

    If McCain somehow convinced Condi to join his ticket, it would be so he could tote her around the campaign trail saying "hey, look, I have one too!" Her demographic appeal doesn't legitimize the extra "baggage" on McCain's "Straight Talk Express." The last thing he wants on his ticket is a bona fide war monger.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  545. joe smith

    while this is the best question put forth here in many a day; and given her well known skills in dealing with the Russians, the ticket is lacking the credibility needed to soothe the wounds to our allies, and detractors alike, so no, this potential addition, while interesting, lacks..trust

    April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  546. Ryan Tan

    Most definitely i will vote for McCain/Rice. Those nay sayer are most likely democrats who are terrified of this paring's chances of winning the white house.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  547. Julie Kramer, San Diego

    John McCain and Condoleezza Rice are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum as far as I am concerned. I view McCain as an intelligent, respectable war vet which sold intentions and a good head on his shoulders, whereas I view Condi as a manipulative, lying, cold-hearted puppet who should really be in prison right now, at this very moment, for lying under oath repeatedly. McCain will never in a million years pick the most hated black woman in America as his running mate. Black people don't like her, women don't like her, the only people who like her really are morons from Irvine and the scumbag politicians she lies for.

    Vote Obama 2008.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  548. Steve L

    Well it is readily apparent that this message board has been taken hostage by the Democrats.

    The republicans are all at work right now and don't have time to type away on message boards and will run to vote for McCain/Rice ticket! I think it would totally sway the centre and neutralize the effect of the choice of either Obama or Hillary. I think it is superb realpolitik to get her on the ticket. She has more real high leadership level government power and experience than anyone else in the race.

    Very interesting...

    April 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  549. Wabeene Singa

    Are you guys serious? Rice is the right person for the job. Give the woman a Chance.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  550. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    The thought of something happening to McCain and Rice becoming President makes me nauseous. That woman has held two positions and I don't think she was qualified to do either job. I think she held the job because she was a "yes woman" to Bush's policies.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  551. Mark

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  552. wayne

    An "Older", "White", "Man" as "President" and a "Younger", "Black", "Woman" as "Vice President"
    hmmmmmm ...
    As John Lovit would say ... "That's the ticket!"

    April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  553. Fred

    Any one who votes for a McCain-Rice ticket ought to have their brains examined under an electron-microscope. As Bush's National Security Advisor Rice deliberately ignored all evidence leading up to the 9-11 attack. All the evidence points to the notion that the Bushies wanted it (or something less devasting) to happen. Even before the 9-11 attach they were casting about for ANY reason they could exploit, exaggerate and manipulate (flat out LIE about) to lead the American people into a war of acqusition for all that sweet Iraqi OIL.

    McCain wants to keep our troops in Iraq for as long as the oil flows out of the pipelines, though not very much is flowing out of Iraq after 5 years of Bush's poorly planned and supplied warfare. No doubt, under McCain, Rice in her astute incompetance will want to continue borrowing money from the Communist Chinese to pay for the war and most everything else just as they've done throughouth the Bush administration ever since they demanded and got those tax breaks for the richest of the rich.

    I'm three or five times as likely NOT to vote for a McCain-Rice ticket as for a McCain and any non-Bushie ticket. Given McCain's war stance there's not much chance that I'll support him in November at any rate.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  554. seeker561

    Short direct answer: I would be less likely to vote for McCain if Rice is the VP.

    On the other hand, I am rooting for the dems so i say go for it.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  555. John

    I won't be voting for John McCain anyway.... but, if Condie is his running mate, it truly will be an attempt for a Bush 3rd term. We should have stopped that maddness with the first term

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  556. steve k from scappoose or

    Yes . . . . .But 3rd place among the current candidates is still third. Atilla the Hun couldn't get him elected, although he probably had a better economic policy.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  557. Ronald

    I don't know how putting Rice on the ticket will help. He must really think blacks in this country are nieve. This will not help him get the black or the woman vote. We already have both of those candidates and thank God they are not Republicans

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  558. Canaan, Tampa, Fl

    It depends on who the democratic nominee is. Im a strong Obama supporter, so if the McCain/Rice ticket went against Obama then it would not change my vote. But if Hillary somehow found/slithered a way to win the democratic nomination, then I would most likely vote for McCain/Rice.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  559. Kyle Walker, Salt Lake City Utah

    Through the mirror of history, decades from now, our childrens grandchildren will judge the last 7 years to have been a catastrophic mis-adventure in creating more enemies, fostering international hatred of America, and may well serve to deplete our superpower status.

    I do not blame Dr. Rice, we were all standing there on the street watching this crime occuring, not many steped up to stop it.

    Neither McCain nor Rice are morally qualified for this job. America needs leaders, not yes men/women.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  560. Kathy, Michigan

    I would still vote for McCain, because I do not want a Democratic President, but I sure hope he chooses another running mate. I am not fond of Rice and I believe many many people feel the same way. Lets just hope John McCain will choose someone else.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  561. Bob Karl

    I would vote for any ticket that included Condi in a New York Minute. But this wouldn't be a winning ticket at this time... she's damaged her viability by sticking with Jr. without comment while he's attacked our civil rights, stonewalled energy conservation, denied global warming, and committed so many other offenses.

    West Linn, OR

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  562. Amanda

    I'm voting for McCain anyway, but I'd be delighted if Condie was his running mate.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  563. John Smith

    If McCain choose Rice as his running mate it wouldn't change my choice to vote for him or not, which was your question. I read most of the previous comments and can not wait for the future to show the truly positve impact the Bush administration has had for this country and our world.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  564. Ron Hood River, Oregon

    I would love to see Condi as McCains VP pick! This would make it official, 4 more years of Bush policy's! What do we really know about Condi? Well, I guess we will find out, finally, just as we find out who John McCain really is.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  565. Jack

    Please Condi... join the ticket. We need someone with some foreign policy experience on either side of this race. I am sick of having to back John McCain because he is the least objectionable candidates. Putting Secretary Rice on the ticket would be a giant plus. It would also show that the Republican ticket can satisfy both options of the democratic party; a black woman.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  566. Mark, CA

    I very much support the idea of Rice as VP. Being from NorCal, I know how bright and hard-working she is... We would be lucky to have her as a VP.

    Mark, Northern California

    April 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  567. Thomas

    much less.

    April 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  568. sylvia

    ...maybe he should put Elvis Presley on the ballot....it would be just about as ridiculous....

    April 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  569. Paul F

    It's funny reading responses here on CNN, with an obviously left leaning audience. To answer the question, I will vote for John no matter his running mate, as the alternative guarantees higher taxes and a disaster of a foreign policy.

    You silly democrats – look at the two idiots you have running. They act like playground bullies, lying, blustering and being ridiculous. Thank you for providing a preview of what ridiculous leaders Hillary or Obama would make.

    April 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  570. Lindsey

    It's the economy stupid! The VP should make up for McCain's obvious lack of knowledge in Economics. Although I admire Rice's knowledge about foreign affairs, McCain's VP should complement him, not be a spitting image of him. If it were me, I'd pick Romney.

    April 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  571. Louis

    This is a great idea. People really like Condoleeza Rice and she represents the best of the Bush cabinet officers. She's brainy and doesn't have a lot of baggage. This would be a GREAT choice for McCain.

    April 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |