By CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Mitt Romney might have a shot at a game changer that actually works in his favor.
Speculation has been rampant for the last several days that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might be on Romney's short list for vice president.
Unlike Sarah Palin, who all but destroyed John McCain's chances, Rice might be just what the doctor ordered for Romney.
She's smart, has foreign policy credentials that are unquestioned and would certainly make the race a lot more interesting than it is now.
Romney is getting his nose bloodied by President Obama's incessant pounding on Bain Capital and his tax returns. Unable to seize the initiative and make the race about the economy, which by any measure should make Obama unelectable, Romney needs a spark.
Rice would immediately tap into African-Americans and women, two areas where Obama holds substantial leads.
Whether she would agree to be on the ticket remains a question. She has said she is not interested. But if your country comes calling ...
Anyway, barring putting Chris Christie on the ticket, you gotta love the idea of Rice. She would erase the memory of Palin and immediately energize the race.
With the start of the Summer Olympics fast approaching, Obama and Romney are going to be hard-pressed to get media coverage.
Rice would help in that department, too.
Here’s my question to you: How much would Condoleezza Rice as v.p. help the Romney campaign?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
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It would be someone on the ticket that could be his best advisor and I am not sure she would want that roll again.
She might help him among people who are already going to vote for him, but the rest of us still remember her failure to pay attention to warnings about the impending 9/11 attacks.
To me? Zero. I am still not impressed with her involvement in the whole weapons of mass destruction fiasco.
Condi would be a great asset.
She was a great asset for George Bush.
If your objective is to eliminate accountability and legislation that protects the tax payers, you will get the same results that George received in the end.
If our nation is this dumb, we need to quit complaining about opportunity. Move to the nation where the jobs were outsourced, become an illegal citizen and shut up!
I think it hurts him more since she is a direct tie back to the George Bush Administration. I personally question her judgment made on foreign policy when she was there.
She would be more burdon than help.She cannot be trusted.Forget her.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.
Not a good choice. People associate her too much with the Bush administration. She did not know who Alqueda was until after 9/11, and will not admit that invading Iraq was a mistake.
About as much as a wooden stake in the heart helps a vampire. Seriously, Jack, putting a known liar from the infamous Bush administration on his ticket is not the kind of help that Romney needs. When I look at Condi Rice, all I see is American dead and wounded in Iraq.
Whenever I have mentioned a Colin Powell/Condi Rice ticket to anyone, there has always been an overwhelming positive response – regardless of race, sex, wealth, or party affiliation. Condi might give the R ticket an edge over the D ticket, for the people who feel the necessity to vote for the duopoly.
Of course, real choice will only come when people gain enough courage to vote for Libertarians or 4th-party candidates in meaningful numbers.
Condoleezza Rice would be a huge boost to the Romney ticket. The woman is smart, experienced, and likeable on top of the obvious demographic advantages. That being said, she knows better than to accept the job.
Considering the fact that that the president she served could face war crimes prosecution in some countries, which would make her possibly at risk of the same thing, tells me she's probably more than qualified in the eyes of the current new and improved extremist GOP. They seem to favor criminals these days (Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Vitter, anyone?)
It's a mixed bag. First it would be a rerun of the GOP ticket in 2008, except this time Rice is the credible one and Romney is the dingbat. Second, the consternation of the white racists/sexists Republicans, particularly in the south, having to chose which black person they will vote for, one being a WOMAN no less. Third, is her pro-choice and other social views.Though she is the smartest and best suited for the position, she has negatives that far outweigh her positives. The GOP is still too sexist and racist to even consider a black woman for VP.
Some, generally a vice presidential candidate can hurt the ticket more than help it. That said, Condoleezza Rice being a generally moderate, internationally fluent black woman Republican might reassure independents that Mitt Romney as President would hear and consider a moderate voice along with the conservative ones when he makes decisions. This could only help him make the case that the election is actually about performance and a reasonable rather than a stark choice.
It will help some with swing voters, which is the whole point. It will not help with the "don't tread on me" group, also known as the blatant racist wing of the party.
I do not see it making much difference. The top of the ticket is what people look at. How else could we have Biden as VP? Romney will either win it on his own or Obama will lose it on his own. The VP of the past few Presidents have not been much to write home about.
I personally think it would hurt Romney' chances of winning the election. Most of Romney' support is from the Tea Party maniacs who are going to vote for a candidate for the color of their skin rather than their policies, and putting a black on the GOP ticket would seriously tarnish the racist reputation of the Republican Party.
Rice is pro-choice. She was part of the Iraq debacle. Romney cannot choose her.
Carol in Northampton, Ma
Condoleezza Rice is more than qualified but I don't think she wants to go back into politics and if that's still the case I still think Marco Rubio would be a good choice, he's young, he stands on his convictions, he is well liked and most important he knows what he is doing and has a good vision to get America back on the right track.
Immensely. She is a black female with other minority advantages that are just what Romney needs and where he is sorely lacking in comprehension, let alone sensitivity. However, if she has one tenth the intelligence she is credited with, she will stay as far away from him as McCain should have stayed from Palin. But then she unabashedly towed the party line for Bush, so I question not only her intelligence but her honesty too. It would be interesting to watch Biden mop the floor with her though.
When I look at Condoleezza Rice it brings back flashbacks of the Bush years. She is a smart woman and very intelligent but instead of trying to talk George W out of invading Iraq like Powell did, she agreed with George W. She was part of Bush administration for eight years that I considered to be one of the worst the administrations in our history. George W administration is why we find ourselves where we are at today. Romney has been hiring other members of the George W administration. He even went to kiss the ring or should I say the rear end of Dick Cheney, but was smart enough not to leave the press in to film it. I am afraid if Romney becomes president it will be like George W never left office only this time we will go over that cliff instead of standing on the edge of it.
He could run Hillary Clinton and that still wouldn't help old Willard. He has too many problems.......Bain, Swiss Bank accounts, Off-shoring of jobs, Caribbean bank accounts, not being forthright in releasing his tax records......and who really trusts him? Jack, I don't see the Kochplicans holding the House or getting the Senate. It's going to be all Democratic, and those Hoopleheads better get it together and get off to a quick start on getting America back to work and getting our economy fixed, on the very first day!!
Ms Rice is well qualified for the VP position with previous tenure at the White House and a track record as one of our best Secretary's of State. She would be an asset to the United States and the Romney campaign to run and serve our country as Vice President.
She'd hurt Romney more than anything. Not that she isn't qualified, but reminding people of the Bush years won't help people not in the Republican base. Meanwhile, tapping a pro-choice candidate would alienate the GOP's base. The Romney campaign would lose voters at both ends of the spectrum, and likely the election.
I hope Ms. Rice does not try to sacrifice herself for Mitt's sake. It would be like
throwing herself under the train -– the circus train.
She would help the Republicans more if she were the top of the ticket. I'd give that ticket serious consideration. As long as Romney is at the top of the ticket I'm a lost cause to them. I'll never trust anyone who declares his own ideas banqrupt when promoted by someone on the other isle (RomneyCare/ObamaCare). I need someone who is America 1st and party last. That makes it hard to vote for any Republican or Democrat. I'd love to hear Codoleeza's ideas on bringing America together.
Condoleezza Rice would not help much at all. In fact she is probably more of a liability to Romney's campaign....just like Mitt's time at Bain.
As likable as Rice is she has one problem and that is she is a republican and that is her biggest problem. People have not forgot about Iraq and over 10 years of non stop war in Afghanistan that was instituted by the republicans. You can not undo the past no mater how sweet you make the pot. The republican pot stinks and after smelling the Bush Cheney stench for 8 years it is not likely that people will be lining up to do it again any time soon.
Hard for me to imagine that Mitt will select a running mate that outshines him – between the two of them, Condi is much more qualified to be President.
Looking at it from Obama's point of view, Condoleezza Rice would be his worst nightmare. She would, as you say Jack, rob him of at least a percentage of his female, african american and minority base and would, because of her experience, credentials and intelligence, attract many who question Obama on those points. And, I'd love to watch a debate between she and Joe Biden. She'd eat his lunch.
Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona .
I don't love the idea of putting Rice on the ticket anymore than the other lightweights whose names have been paraded in the press. Portman, Palenty, Rice, Thune, the guy with the cartoon voice, whats his name, Ryan? Gee wilikers, give me a break. Rubio? Yeah right. Allright, lets look at Rice for a minute. What has she got? Charisma? Zilch. Ability to bring in more votes? Nope, nothing there. Pick any catagory you want, she is a big fat zero. So isn't Romney, and his former Hee Haw Cast, Campaign Team. Romney has a better chance of flying a majic carpet to KobongIow, or whatever planet it is he think God comes from, than winning the election. I want a person you could have confidence in running this country in four years, after Obama slinks us through the coming economic disaster. Someone who can pick up the pieces of whatever is left of this country in another four years. Someone with brains and gravitas, and a heart too. There is only one game changer out there and his name is Lesley Graham.
Romney needs Ron Paul as VP! Or, female Hispanic. Sadly, Condoleezza Rice has to much bad PR and the liberal media would eat her alive. It's to bad cause she had a chance back in the day but went on TV saying silly stuff and made some bad choices that the media will use against her. Voters today seem to be swayed easily by media and have short term memories. It would be a gamble with Rice!
Jack, Not very much she isot political or market cable the GOP will not go with her.
I don't think she could help at all. She is pro-choice for one thing.
She is the same shade of color as the President. Let us be honest, look how the party of "No" in Congress resents him because of that.
If elected they would have to give her equal pay like past Vice Presidents, and that would never do.
Since people vote for the top of the ticket, I would say very little. Granted she's smarter than the last Republican V.P. choice, (not a difficult task) African-American's will still vote for Obama and not on the faint chance of an eventual President Rice. It a test balloon of a gimic. Oh yea, I almost forgot, she was with Bush for 8 years, that cannot help.
As a Democrat, I am skeptical she could get through the convention. I know too many far-right fundies who would drop her, and possibly Romney, at the convention because she is "mildly pro-choice." Too bad, too, because Romney does need a fresh face and someone skilled at Foreign Policy in the VP slot. If the convention somehow didn't kill them, she'd be perfect.
Help his candicy? Not at all-she cosied up to Ghadafi and when it came to 9/11 her comments were Who Knew? Anyone watched CNn did when Captain of Manila police department broke up a bombing ring and found the plans 18 months before the event. Wouldn't she just make a good president?
I think she would help greatly! While most people feel she may discourage the republican base the likelihood that they would vote for the alternative is pretty darn slim. She's the perfect contrast for all of Romney's Economy this Economy that, it would be nice to have the most traveled secretary of state in American history on the ticket. Not to mention she has great appeal not only to Republicans but to Independents as well. Added in to the fact that she would help Governor Romney in two places he doesn't do well. African American and Woman voters. She's to big of a help to overlook in my opinion.
Just my opinion but "using" Rice to get Romney elected for the obvious reasons, she is Black and a woman is not the right motives for choosing a person for this important position. Pretend all they want, she is not a choice of preference. She would be chosen for the wrong reasons and the public is intelligent enough to recognize it no matter what their argument to the contrary. Romney is in trouble, the party is in trouble and Rice would be an obvious desperate attempt to bolster his chances. However, without merit. Once again, the Right does not have a winnable presidential candidate and no matter who is picked as his vice president, it will not be a deciding factor in winning the election in November. We are not voting for a vice president in November. It is apparent that nothing was learned from McCain and Palin in 2004 by the RNC. Two wrongs do not make a "Right."
Wasn't she in Bush's council when they made the decision to invade Iraq? No thanks. Anyone who made that colossal of a mistake has no business running the country.
Wait, shes better than the ex-governor that quit her public office to be on reality tv? Are you sure?
It would be weird to not have every level of the executive branch be a former employee of a crooked bank.
Nope. She is pro-choice among other things. Mitt Romney promised a right-wing pro-life group he would not nominate a pro-choice VP candidate. If he does, he is toast.
People vote for the top of the ticket. She is a smarter choice than Palin, obviously, but I don’t see her taking much support from Obama. Few will vote for a possible President Rice. She comes with heavy baggage, 8 loyal years to George W Bush. In the end she’s a gimmick, not unlike Sarah Palin in that regard.
She is the best thing to guarantee Obama the 2nd term he should have – the entire disastrous Bush administration will be thrown in her face and the bogus reason we went to Iraq – between her and Romney we would have two people who never tell the truth
Well, according to you Jack, she would raise the campaign to new heights. She "would erase the memory of
Sarah Palin". Not so fast. She would magnify the memory of GW Bush and her part in his Administration now
known to be a disaster. Maybe you "gotta love the idea", but I don't.
Rice would be the final nail in Romney's coffin. She is too moderate for Romney's radical base not to desert in droves. She favors Roe vs. Wade and Romney supporters oppose birth control!
People are finding out that Obama Care is saving them a fortune and creating jobs. To avoid total humiliation in November Romney has to hold onto his base..
I believe Dr. Rice is precisely what the GOP needs to win this year. It would take courage on the part of Mitt Romney, because it would be flying in the face of the social conservatives and one-issue fanatics who cannot or will not see the advantage of having her on the ticket. This is a test for Romney, to see if he has the courage to do what is best for America, rather than what is politically expedient.
The women of this country are much smarter than you give them credit Jack. They wouldn't support Romney just because Ms Rice is on the ticket. People don't elect a VP. It may help in some areas and hurt in others as it would be seen just like the man, he's trying to buy the election and this is one American who hopes he fails.
Condoleeza Rice is a Cold War scholar who just wants to be NFL Commissioner. Romney has announced that Russia is America's greatest enemy. Condi Rice could be his Secretary of State if the public believes the Cold War is still raging and elects Romney to be the next POTUS.
I think Condoleesa Rice would help the Romney Campaign very much but I don't think
think she is interested in one bit!!!!!!!
"Well she was my choice for John last time, before Sarah came on the scene. Now she may change her mind, where as last time she said, 'I'm going to write a book.' She could have written many books since then, so it's just a matter of
how dedicated she is this time around. She is all the extra he needs, and more."
I dont think it would help win any black votes considering we already have a black president. we need to get away from democratic and republican foreign policy that empowers corrupt 3rd world money worshipers and powermongers who undermine u.s citizens .Between Bush and OBama MOre $Billions have been sent to buy off people who still backstab.we dont want those who helped them to remain in office or return to office
She wont help at all. She will be called out for helping Bush LIE about Iraq.
Jack: Ms. Rice is a smart lady; therefore, I believe her when she says, "no way for the V.P. job". She would help Mitt Romney's ticket at first, but after 6 weeks of being reminded of her experiences with President George W. Bush Administration it would become an anchor on the ticket. A women on the ticket would help him bridge any gaps with women in general. I really believe until Mitt comes clean with at least 10 years of tax returns his ticket is sinking. What's he trying to hide, and why???
While I think adding Condoleezza Rice to the Republican ticket would make the race for the White House a little more interesting and exciting, I don't think it will make one bit of difference in the long run when voters cast their ballot in November. The choice is still between President Obama and Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket and that's what it always comes down to.
Not in the least. Romney has my vote even if he picked Mickey Mouse!
The Republican Party would love to dish up the Romney Rice ticket as their blue plate special. But as far as erasing the Palin debacle is concerned it's just another attempt to pull wool over the eyes of voters. Basically Sarah Palin's physical attraction was a ploy used to distract voters attention away from McCains shortcomings. She sure looked pretty "on his arm". Although Condoleezza Rice is vastly more intelligent than Palin will ever be, it is simply a ploy to distract voters attention away from Romney's chronic flip flopping, deceptive but legal money laundering schemes, and obliviousness to the everyday problems of middle Americans. Its just another case of look closely at her and away from him. In other words, a classic shell game.
She would open the door for Democrats to vigorously attack the policies of the Bush administration which she was an important part of, further distracting Romney from being able to get his own agenda out front.
I believe that Condi would simply add more confusion and debate for the Romney campaign. It would distract the strategy of making the election a referendum on Obama's first term and open the door again to a referendum on the Bush eight years. Romney has enough problems rather than have to defend the decisions on Iraq, etc. Truth is, Rice doesn't need this. My question is, will Mitt, in vetting a VP running mate, require them to show him more than two years of their tax returns?
It would be an outstanding decision by Romney to make Rice his running mate (assumming she would do it)! While her conservative credentials are great – other than the radical ultra right's demand for ANY candidate to be Pro-Life. She would make an excellent V.P. and, if the unthinkable would occure, I believe she would make a good President. Not that I expect Romney to choose her, but I DO believe she would be the best of all those being discussed as potential V.P.
Jack, I believe the best of Yiddish philosophers would respond with the terse, it wouldn't hoit. At this point in the campaign, either candidate's goal is to somehow divert away from the important issues and focus instead on minor, secondary topics. This means indulging in some form of character assassination, innuendos and bland platitudes. By trying to woo Condie Rice as VP, the Romney strategy would employ another favorite piffle tactic, that of optics. She may appeal to black voters and women's groups and also brings with her a thin patina of credibility even though the accomplishments and substance of her tenure may have been mediocre at best. She is made to order under these circumstances. The Romney campaign could do worse if they don't seize this opportunity.
Depends, was her father born in this country? You know how the Republicans are about that rule. There are very few people watching cable news today and summer will take a toll of the campaign dollars, with ad's going unnoticed. They had better wait to waste their money till September. But wait, that will be football season and we don't watch the cable news till after the "Super Ball". But seriously, I hope she is smarter than that she has already had to work with one President Bush...
I think it would HURT instead of HELP because of her being in GWB cabinet.
It would NOT be as horrific, as when John McCain chose Sarah Palin, but not good either.
I believe he lost because of her on the ticket, and unlike others, I DO feel the VP pick does carry some weight.
Good Day to you, Jack!
Her knowledge of Eastern Europe and Russia alone surpasses any of the junior hacks now employed by the current president.
By a factor of 10 !!
It help greatly! She would attract African-American voters and women voters to join the Republican Party. Really, who wouldn't want one of the most well known governors of the 21st century and one of the most effective Secretary of States of all time.
I would love to see her on the ticket. While I would argue that Romney does not have the "politician" stigma that should cover both Obama and Biden, Rice clearly lacks the taint of being a politician and lends an air of diplomacy sorely lacking in this campaign to date. It would seem to hard for Obama and Biden to make up lies about Rice in the same way that they have with Romney without there being a significant backlash. I would also think that the female African-American vote would have a real alternative. Even more important, she would also make a good President, something that can't be said of Biden. Fingers crossed.
Oh yeah, she'd erase the memory of Sarah Palin alright, and bring back every painful memory of the Bush fiasco. Condi was the National Security Advisor who was asleep at the switch on Sept. 11 and was instrumental in helping Dubya, Cheney and Rumsfeld create the big WMD lie that led us into Iraq. Do you really think anyone wants someone with those credentials a heartbeat away from the presidency? I certainly don't. Romney is destined to lose anyway, so why doesn't he just pick one of those tea party clowns and let us all have a good laugh during the rest of the campaign?
While Governor Romney sorely needs help with foreign policy, I fear that Condolezza Rice would just bring the foreign policy of the George W Bush administration to the forefront. Folks might think 'here we go again, more expensive wars'. Overall I think she would be a hinderence to an already lackluster campaign.
Why would she ruin her reputation by playing second fiddle for another LIAR???
About as much as Dick Cheney. A republican is a republican is a . . .
I think she would be a great VP and, if that heartbeat away got closer, a good Presidential surrogate. She helps Romney check off a lot of boxes - woman, African American, foreign affairs interlaced with defense. . Unfortunatly, I'd be concerned that too many of the African American community would consider her not "black enough," too many of the woman community would see her as too single, clhildless and staying that way to find that she "reaches" them. And too many of the left-leaners would say that a complete and utter lack of foreign or military experience didn't impair their vooting for Obama one bit. Her Bush connection would make her the next bain Capital of this campaign. She would become the thinking person's Sarah Palin. Too bad - Rice would be a great choice if qualification for the job actually mattered.
Rice is about as exciting as week old chewed gum. All she ever did was sit at a 40 degree angle and dumb down. Palin is nuts but would liven a party of Romney and Rice. The two of them together would be G. Bush all over again, except Romney is much worse than Bush. 999 would liven him up.
As a Obama supporter, she scares the heck out of me. In my opinion she would be a tremendous help to his campaign and I sure hope she means it when she says she isn't interested.
Has everybody forgotten that she ignored National Security Council and Counter Terrorism member Richard Clarke's requests for an "urgent" meeting of the Principles about imminent attacks on the United States by Al Qaeda?
It could'nt possibly hurt. She'd be the first believable person connected with his campaign.
As an Obama supported, it scares the b'jezzis out of me. A black-woman...that's a case of "I'll see your Palin, and raise you a Rice." It's the equivalent of a Royal Flush in poker terms.
Truth be told, its the only chance Romney's got. All she has to do is say "yes" and it's over for Obama. Talk about powerful women!
Condoleezza Rice is an extremely intelligent women who would put fourth solutions to the problems we are facing. She is a straight shooter and would be a breath of fresh air compared to Obama, Biden and Romney. Condoleeza Rice is not a politician. We do not not need any more politicians. They are ones who got the country into the mess we are now in.
Miss Rice knows that the black population would only accept her if she was a democrate. It shows how brainwashed the black people have become by the libs. They judge there leaders by the party they belong to and not by their leadership qualities. This is what happens when people only listen to the talk, and do not think for themselvs.
Message to Romney, "a big mistake". Don't do it. America is not ready for a female VP or a President. McCain made a big mistake picking Palin. If Romney picks Rice, he's done. Consevatives will stay away from the polls. They won't bother voting or will not vote for a President. I'm one of them.
That remains to be seen, but at least condi is 100% black not 50% black like obama. If being black is important to black voters than condi should get 50% more black votes than obama.
What are you drinking?! Condi Rice would put an immediate stamp on Romey's campain that says "Bush Policies 2.0", and a lot of people would shy away. Which when you think about it Obama would love to have happen. Go ahead Mitt, go for it.
You are just as gulible as the followers of the Sinking Ship Romney, Jack! A what if and it ain't going to happen, ever, never, nada! Why you ask, the first rule of VP's, Jack! Never pick one that outshines you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apparently it would hurt Mitt because she is pro choice. With that said, I really hope she does not run for V.P. because she is too nice a person to be corrupted by politics. To make my point, make a list of the best known politicians and throw Condolesa's name in there...doesn't fit does it?
Most of us are Democrats. Do you think we are that shallow to vote for someone because we share the same ethnic background? She's a Republican with conservative views, who worked with GEORGE W. BUSH. That's the same thing the Illinois GOP thought when they ran Alan Keyes against then senatorial candidate Barack Obama. Didn't work then, won't work now.
Rice has way TOO much "Bush Baggage". her "inattention to detail" resulted in 9-11 and she was one of the "mushroom cloud" people that lied us into Iraq. just because she is a black woman doesn't make her a "game changer". in fact, it could even HURT Romney with the Republican "base"
She would be very popular among Republicans who don't care that she was part of the Cabinet that lied to the American people about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, facilitating an unnecessary American invasion, which lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. I see her as a monster that should be tried for war crimes.
First of all, I doubt that Condi Rice would accept the job. Secondly, I believe it is a moot point as Romney isn't going ask Ms. Rice. It will be Pawlenty or Portman. Whoever it is, Romney is going to have a tough time telling us who is choice is. Romney has yet to tell us much, he is the mystery candidate.
How much would Condoleezza Rice as v.p. help the Romney campaign?
For anyone who remembers the lies coming from her, Cheney and the rest of the Bush "gang" regarding Iraq....none at all.
No VP pick would help me vote for Mitt Romney.
The second Iraq War was unnecessary, unjustified, and morally equivalent to German attacks on various small European countries during WWII. It and teh Afghanistan misadventure put this nation in an economic tailspin. No one involved in the Bush administration is qualified for much other than prison or hanging.
he may help in a few departments – but the fact IS – he's not going to pick her – why ? does it make sense that IF you're Not "pro-choice" and Your Veep IS ? ( there is other factors that signals that she's not going to be picked )
Uh, does anybody remember what happened to McCain in 2008? Of course Rice has an IQ about 100000 times greater than Palin's (but then so does my dog), but she's also much smarter than Romney (but then so is my dog). Did I forget to mention my dog is dead?
Isnt she supposed to be really smart? I have doubts about that. She let herself get involved in the Iraq WMD fiasco
Love the idea of Condi Rice as VP. Goodness knows, we need someone with her knowledge of foreign affairs, history and the world in the White House. But as many others have expressed, she does come with "Bush baggage." She would absolutely be an asset to Romney; they need to be able to overcome the past. The other caveat: Rice has already been on Capitol Hill. That might be enough for her to just say, "No thanks."
I don't think she'd be a help– more of a liability. Many people reported she was very difficult to work with– this spanned a variety of institutions and roles– and it seems a lot of the public is not impressed with her.
Rice is not going to help one little bit as VP because she is not going to run and has said so numerous times. Is this CNN trying to destroy a very good American by a preemptive soot strike, to make sure their hero Barrack Husein gets reelected?
Confoleeza Rice's ties to the Bush administration poses a real problem for the GOP. And she was a terrible Sec. Of State to boot! So no hope in this scenario. Romney's choice for Veep is persona non grata. He will lose!
So she's the token black nice! and she has all the warmth of the iceberg that sank the Titanic and obviously a person interested in the welfare of the underprivileged. Good Choice Willard
Put Rice in the President slot and pick somebody other than Romney for VP and you might just have something! As long as Romney is on the ticket, it's a losing game. Even if He were to win, America will lose.
Dave from NH.
I highly dispute the media's poor portrayal of Rice as somehow "immediately tapping into the african american and female community" of voters. Herman Cain is a black man and I did not see blacks lining up to vote for him. People vote in their best interests. The media acts all surprised that Obama gets the latino vote, as though his stance on immigration doesn't make sense to them (as opposed to the GOP that wants to round them up and ship them back to the third world). Then they pretend someone like Rubio would bring in latino voters. People vote for the policy the the color of the guy in the suit making it.
On a final note, no, Condi Rice is a terrible VP pick. It just furthers the ongoing storyline that Romney is Bush, that he wants to try the same people and methods that crippled the nation.
great just someone to fill the votes for black and women and not the best person for the job...but then again she has good experience, but she doesn't make sense for the role...plus she makes way more money now!
I think she would be terrific.
She is still radioactive from the Bush administration. I don't see her as an asset to Romney.
"Unquestioned" foreign policy credentials? You mean, like "there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq" pronouncements? Are you crazy?
I think she would be a great selection and anything to get Obama out has my endorsement!
She believes in the women's right to have an abortion......the far right will not like her
They should run her as president and Romney as VP, then they would have a fair chance.
Yarmouth, NS Canada
She'd be no help at all because she is pro choice. That's no help to Romney's conservative ticket!
Only if the American People are too DUMB to know PANDERING WHEN THEY SEE IT! wHICH, OF COURSE, is pOSSIBLE!
Look at the facts – The addition of Rice to this ticket is playing straight politics – it isn't sincere. Romney would be using her to become elected. Just another case of a man using a woman to get ahead. Rice has voiced disinterest in the position – we need a VP who is READY AND WILLING to take the position – not someone who doesn't want it. Additionally, regardless of who Romney picks – his public facing dishonesty will NOT be masked. He has questions to answer – and he will answer them – now in front of cameras, or from behind bars.
Jack, Rice would not bring a spark to the ticket, it would set off all kinds of fireworks. Do you think the Republican base will come out for a pro-live VP candidate with the person at the top of the ticket owning 100% of a company that is in the business of incinerating aborted fetuses. Not exactly the kind of stuff the Evangelicals would get warm and fuzzy over.
David Brody was on Washington Journal this morning and resoundingly nixed that idea. Rice is pro-choice. If Romney picks her, he alienates another faction of the R party.
Would someone tell Sean Hannity to keep his hands above his desk when he has Connie on his show. Who knows what's going on under there when Sean starts panting. Pity the poor cleaning lady.
Condi is pro-choice; the religious right would revolt and it would disenfranchise the group further – not much help to Romney.
Not as much as it would help O'Bama
I do not believe Rice would help since she was part of the 'Bush era'. Romney is also taking a risk of being perceived as using an African American women as a political ploy to get elected – it could backfire on Romney. I do think she would be an awesome Vice President or President in the next election.
Wouldn't do a thing for me. She was part of the decision to go to war in Iraq. What kind of foreign policy was that?
I'm not sure that Condi would want to be know as having worked for 'dumb' (Bush) and 'dumber' (Romney). Wouldn't help her resume at all.
John, Apparently you don't watch CNN. Last week Condi said she was not interested nor did she feel she was qualified for the position as her background is in foriegn policy, not domestic policy. She would be a direct link to the 8 years of horror we call the Bush Administration. Are you grasping for straws?
She won't Jack. First, Bush administration..nuff said.
plus,she's pro choice..choosing her would make Romney go back on his word that he would absolutely choose a pro life candidate for VP. His flip flop wouldn't be shocking to most of us but he can't have another gaffe as he already comes off as totally unfit for office.
Oh and by the way, throwing a black woman on the ticket is not enough to pull the wool over the African American community's eyes..they know republicans don't have their best interest at heart.
Truthfully speaking Jack- African Americans aren't stupid enough to vote for Romney because they decide to add a "token" to their ticket! As an African American man, I wouldn't be impressed with that. Rice would not be the person implementing nor signing into law policies that would help America. So, NO she would not help the Romney campaign to gain voters.
Condi would be great for those who support abortion rights and our country's option to unilaterally invade nations we imagine have WMDs.
Not at all. Condelezza Rice has excellent credentials, but she has one very large piece of baggage that would end up hurting Romney more than helping. Many independent voters, myself included, hate George W. Bush and a Rice nomination would further the argument that Romney just wants to return to Bush's failed policies. If not for this she'd be the perfect choice for a VP pick. A smart black woman with truck loads of experience that no one could possibly deny.
Super conservatives I don't think would like it and minorities and the middle class understand that their needs certainly WILL NOT BE MET!!!!
About as much as a mushroom cloud. Besides, she's not going to do it. She (AT LEAST) knows better than to try. Talk about baggage, puleeze.
forget it Jack. MsNBC has created demise of Romney's campaign, the only thing left is burying his campaign. As of now Romney couldn't win a being only horse running. Obama will win, period. As for me, where is ballot line for none of the above
Condy is a wonderful choice and very capable. The largest drawback is that she's more qualified to be President than Romney and she will out shine the Republican nominee–Sarah Palin in reverse.
None! In the end, It's Mitt Romney's plan for the country that matters. Besides, she already said no. And no means no!
Inexperienced at campaigning as a candidate, she might sound strange making a stump speech. If she doesn't really want the job, I wouldn't blame her for saying "no" if asked.
Condi would over-shadow him in every aspect of the job. She would make a better P than VP.
it would be good for the military industrial complex–not so good for young americans and tax payers
Oh & by the way she is PRO CHOICE
I am a woman. Rice automatically brings the Bush administration to mind, an administration I dearly want to forget. Yes, she is an intelligent woman, however, she allowed the Bush administration to use her as their black face for their foreign policies.. I Would NOT vote for Romney if Rice were his running mate.
One stiff personality as President and another as VP? Please spare the people...
Look at the publicity Sarah Palin got solely for being a woman and then try and tell me that Condoleezza Rice would not make a difference in Romney's campaign. While some may argue that Palin killed McCain's chances, I think the opposite. In a world of economic uncertainty, I think the US is ready and eager for a new kind of leader as well as the bragging rights that would come along with elected a female V.P. Not to mention Rice has more common sense than Palin could have ever hoped to have.
It wouldn't make any difference at all.Romney would still be the presidential candidate and i can't believe the american people could elect someone even dumber than George Bush.
Sorry Jack Unlike you I am Black and a Democrat...Ms. Rice would make no difference to me because she is...Furthermore.I would be voting for president and not vice president....
Condi would only serve to remind us of the horrible Bush and Cheney. She also enabled them to launch their criminal war. Besides, Mittens won't pick her because she's pro-choice and the wingnuts would never accept her. Condi is old news who has risen as high on the national scene as she ever will. The last thing the American people want is anybody remotely connected with the last GOP administration.
She is the painful reminder of Bush era, with Romsfeld and Cheney they took America to a war based on flat out lies that killed at least 6000 Aamericans and 1 million Iraqis.. She should be tried along with others for treason.
I think she would be an excellent choice.Hackettstown, NJ
US Citizen working in Morocco. I like this idea a lot. I think it helps Romney a great deal and together I think it makes a GREAT TICKET! Most of all, I think it causes Obama big problems. I just hopes she is willing to do it with her whole 'heart' ! Not sure she will accept!
What exactly are these foreign policy credentials? She was the trusted advisor to the president who made the most disastrous foreign policy decisions of the last 40 years. Name some signs ant accomplishments. I doubt that you can.
It would only help her until the Bush administration drum started to pound. Although Condelezza is a very sharp person she was a part of the Dreaded Bush Administration. Unlike before the Romney camp (whom have many advisors from the Bush Administration) would implode. Not to mention the Gaff at the NAACP or the comments from later that night. Also his 'whining' about the tax returns is not helping (not fair?). He will reap what he sows. The American people have had a hard time connecting (or should I say Mitt) with Mitt. If only Mitt would realize he needs the independent vote to get in. Sadly even a Presidential hopeful doesn't recognize the middle class. We are not as much sheep as you believe (the puppeteer GOP- and Mitt Romney).
She would be a good choice for her ability and experience. Obama's team would quickly tear her down and trash her and she knows it. She does not want the controversary and hate. BTW, you are rude and cruel for your false statements about Sarah Palin. What you say and how you say it may be legal but it is immoral to trash someone like you do and present it as fact. When, IN FACT, it's your opinion and that of all the hateful liberals you so admire. If you don't think she was helpful to the ticket, just say it. You don't have to go personal with it. It just demonstrates your lack of integrity...and in public too.. I have found this to be true with most liberals..they can't just disagree, they have to spew some hate while they're at it.
Jack, you may have a wishful thinking, but voters do have brains. Especially Women and black voters are not going to be fooled about what Romney stands for just because Ms.Rice is on his ticket. Romney's track record as Great business wizard is under doubt and no amount of window dressing is going to help dispel that.
miss Rice has too much Bush Baggage, look what happend to Sen Mc cain he lost and obama won . i would vote for obama anyday
She brings too much baggage from the failed Bush policies. She would not be of any benefit to the ticket.
Having said that, she *would* be someone, were I a Republican, that I would ask to be on a vetting committee to help select a candidate. But, other than that, she would not be of any help.
I think it is just media hype. He'd lose the racist and misogynist voters in his own party.
Romney has already chosen (to be announced when he has another bad week), and Rice's name is just being used to divert attention.
Condolezza Rice may or may not have actually declined the VP nod in the past if asked, who really knows? Are you really going to trust ANY media which thinks they know for sure? C'mon people!
I think if she did in fact declined as previously reported, she'd reconsider because...what? Only 4-8 years as the 'sidekick'...she's nuts if she passes up the outlandishly attractive benefits she'll receive the rest of her life....we could never have that...could we Jack? My $ says shell take it.
With Condi on the ticket as VP and First Lady Michelle Obama campaigning for her husband it would be like Condi running against the First Lady whose loved and adored by African American women as well as others that find her relateable. We still view Condi as only being relateable to former President George Bush and company.
The question shouldn't be how much Ms. Rice could help the Romney campaign. Everyone knows the answer to that: a great deal. Heck, even attaching Palin to his ticket (which is never going to happen) would generate the buzz he's looking for.
The question you should be asking is what would make Romney attractive to Rice. In its current state the Romney campaign is radioactive. They have a candidate that's jumped through every possible loophole in order to hide his past business dealings and now there's talk about the possibility that he may be guilty of a felony for lying to the SEC. I'd be letting my phone ring to voice-mail if I was her.
-from Washington DC
Just because Rice is black does not mean that African Americans would vote for Romney. Who could forget Rice and Bush?
Is it April Fool's Day?
Sure Jack..she’s quiet, demure and generally willing to please. She was also tied to the worst administration this country has ever seen and she's guilty by association. Republicans have spent the last 4 years trying to distance themselves from the mistakes Bush made. I think she likely hurt Mitt more than help him just on that fact. Mitt’s got enough problems just trying to look credible.
How much would Rice help Romney as a Vice Presidential nominee? After the initial bounce following the announcement, not as much as you might think. Obama and the Democrats will start attacking Rice's close ties to George W. Bush's Administration and her close ties to big oil. Also, don't forget Rice was clueless in the days and weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks as to the threat bin Laden posed to this country. And I think Vice President Biden would chew Rice up and spit her out at the Vice Presidential Debate on Oct. 11. So, no, Rice doesn't help Romney – she will only hurt him.
Rice has indicated that she would likely not be a good fit due to her pro-choice leanings. However, I think it would send a loud message if Romney were to tap her for his running mate, in spite of that. It would resonate with those who are tired by the constant "lines in the sand" drawn by ideologues, and send a message that Romney is willing to dialog and compromise, when necessary. The best way to lead is by example. How could you send a louder message to a dug-in Congress that it is time to start talking and break the logjam? On the other side, Obama is complaining that Washington has not changed since he took office; yet, he continues to be as personally combative as anyone has ever been. Can you spell "hypocrisy"? Rice would provide a huge lift for Romney....whether she'd accept is an unknown.
Three reasons she will never be on the ticket, Pro choice, Iraq War, and 9/11
Who ever he selects will be just another lying hyprocrite like him
It does not matter. The President is loved by blacks, the young people and Litenos country wide. Older white people don't like him because he is black. It is obvious and most folks see it. This guys saved us from a depression, knock off the terriost who meant to kill Americans. If the only thing Romney have is the economy he is in trouble. People don't trust Romney. Only one who suppport him is the rich, that is saying a lot for who he is reaching. The GOP needs a stronger candidate who can reach across racial lines who has a PLAN....
Oh, Jack. What an insult to Blacks. We would never, ever vote for Romney just because he chose Condi Rice as his VP choice. We dont care that she is black, was once Secretary of State, has twenty degrees, could run faster than a speeding bullet or junp the tallest buildings. She does not share the views of the average African American. We are much more intelligent and savvy than that. I'm waiting on an apology, please !
Condoleezza Rice immediately brings back the eight disasterous years of the Bush Administration and her support to invade Iraq, a decision that cost us dearly in lives and treasure , which we are still paying for today. She and Cheney, being anywhere near the decision-making process for this country, puts chills down my back. The only top official of that administration that I would ever support is Colin Powell and he was kicked out because he was a man of intelligence and principal and that would never fly with the past or current Republicans party. The best man to sit in the Oval Office -Obama in 2012.
If Romney chooses Condi he risks further alienating far-right evangelicals, many of whom are skeptical of his Mormonism anyway. While she possibly could glean votes for him from women and Afro-Americans, the loss of the right-wing fringe, to whom he's agressively pandered, would be costly.
It is just another way the Republicans exploit women and now black women. Republicans don't want a woman they want power
Rice running as VP will never attract African American voters because she's a Republican, just as I don't see her appealing to women, just because she is one. Though the duo, would be a perfect together because their both out of touch with reality.
You are wrong!! Speaking as an African-American woman, Condoleezza Rice as the republican VP candidate would not tap into the African American vote for President Obama. We admire her as a role model, but we do not support her political views. It's clear that you lack an understanding of the Black community to even suggest this as a possibility.
He might as well pick Dick Cheney as VP as far as I'm concerned. A Condi VP means a vote for Gary Johnson for me, Jack.
I think it would look like Romney's trying to get back some of the women and black voters that he's already lost. I think there are much better choices. But I'm voting to Obama any way.
The gods of Kolob would have to descend from the heavens for Romney to have any hope of winning in November. Rice has too much baggage from her years serving on the Bush team. Being pro–choice is a non-starter for conservatives. Condi has repeatedly indicated no interest in elective office. She is no politician and when it's revealed her sexual orientation it would be devastating.
Not only would condi bring back bad memories of bush,she is also pro choice, which as we know does not fly with The Felon Mitt Romney or majority of republicans. So I think Rice would not be a great choice for romney's V.P
It's a toss up...Rice or Rubio. I think it's the only way Romney can win. Rice could help bring in the female and black vote. Rubio would help with the hispanic vote and increase the possibility of winning Florida. Either VP pick would do Romney a world of good.
I think it would look like Romney's trying to get back some of the women and black voters that he's already lost. I think there are much better choices.
I respectively disagree that she would"energize the race". I also strongly disagree with the statement regarding her "foreign policy experience". I don't consider what she did with the Bush/Cheney cabal as anything positive since she was just a rubber stamp on their criminal behavior.
Condy Rice would be Romney's best choice as his running mate, as well as for the Country. I am Democrat turned Independent, still undecided and would DEFINITELY vote Romney/Rice. This would be a game changer. She has all the qualifications and experience. Please Mr Romney ask her. Please Condi...your Country needs you...again.
As a black inner city male... I think Ms.Rice is veiwed in the same light as Mr.Thomas... BAD! The facts are that Obama Has 98% of the black vote. 70% of the latino vote and Momney can't win...Obama only needs to get 25% of thw white vote. So, unless Obama dies or the Republicans put GOD on the ticket!!! This election is over!
I think it would look like Romney's trying to get back some of the women and black voters that he's already lost. I think there are much better choices. Rochester, NY
When are men going to learn the lesson that choosing a woman for VP does not capture the women's vote? It usually has the opposite intended effect, let's remember what happened when Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro were the running mates.
All the positives you mentioned would immediately be dashed by the 'good ole boy' network and tea partiers leaving in droves. Then again she might raise the democratic vote from all of us who remember the wmd lies.
I adore Dr. Rice. While I will vote for Mr. Romney without her, I would be quite enthusiastic with her. Romney and Rice are my idea of a Dream Team.
This ice cube comes with a lot of heavy Bush Baggage and hardly paints a happy face on the Romney Campaign.
Condoleezza Rice lied for the Bush Administration by helping distort data that essentially lead the United States
into the Iraq war, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent people. She knowingly deceived this country,
disgracing her own integrity and any credentials she might have.
The last thing we need in this country is more dishonesty and deceit, although for the Republican Party,
that's usually a prerequisite.
I would say that Romney should put as much distance between himself and the Bush administration as possible if he is serious about this presidential run.
I don't think she would be a good choice Jack. Mitt has many other better choices
Condoleezza Rice steps on the world stage with an existing global network of relationships and senior experience across two decades shared by less than 100 men and women in history. She undeniably brings with her gravitas, continuity, and expertise unmatched by anyone under consideration. Injecting considerations of race and gender in the case of Condoleezza Rice seems ridiculous and arbitrary. As the highest ranking Republican being considered she is not a bold choice – she is a natural choice.
Ethically Hon. Ms. Rice must ask Gov. Romney " How ethical can Mr. Romney save his millions away from his own loving country if he is a patriotic son who believes to become a leader and savior of our economy? His answer is very critical to Ms. Rice decision.
It's wrong to imply that just because she's a woman or black that people would vote for Romney. The average american is not that shallow. People are looking at the facts and the candidates for making their choices. If he chooses here for just these reason, he's going down the wrong path. Remember John McCain chose Palin only to sway the women voters and that really backfired!
Romney should be getting desperate by now. Maybe he can offer cash incentives for people to vote for him?
You old white guys! The audacity to think that Rice would immediatley tap in to the black pop. and women. As a Black male, I'll say you're about 180 degrees off-she was nothing more than a puppet for Bush/Darth; actually an embarrassment to Black women that I know. Yeah, she'd bing more than Palin did, but so could anybody you could pick out of an alzheimers ward.
with her strong ties to bush, her involvement in starting a war in Iraq under false pretenses and her foreign policy experience I would advise rummy to run for the hills first. does he want to be attached to the worst president this country has ever had–a president who took a surplus and created a monstrous deficit/who started two unfunded wars/who allowed the drug companies to write the Medicare part D legislation with zero funding/who spent more time on vacation that all previous presidents combined/who sat in the schoolroom in front of the children on 911 looking like a dunce/etc etc etc?????? rummy attached himself to cheney (with a 13% approval rating) to raise money and took extreme measures to avoid any eavsdropping of conversation or pictures with this war monger. absolute ticket to a loss if condi is on the ballot!!!!! that's good for President Obama and the democrats!!!!!!
I personally would love it! To have that constant reminder of the Bush-Era and the fact that she helped do away with a SURPLUS, will seal the deal for my guy Obama. Bush's record is her record, why would we allow Bush a third term.
Jack are they nuts? Rice was THE author of our failed policies in Iraq, not that old goblin Cheney.
"...foreign policy credentials that are unquestioned..."??? Jack, WHAT on God's green earth have you been smoking?
How dare you say that President Obama's performance on the economy make him un-electable. Where were you during the past three years? If it weren't for the president's policies, the entire U.S. economy, and by extension, the world economy would have collapsed. You, Jack, wouldn't have a job to go to because of the disaster your Republican friends left for President Obama to fix. Because of President Obama, millions of Americans kept their jobs, the auto industry is back, regulated banks can no longer defraud the American public, college students are no longer paying hefty profits to third party managers, and all Americans have health care. Give the president his due. The minority Senate Republican leader said their number one goal is to obstruct the president which is what they have been doing. In spite of this, the economy is growing and people are out and about spending money. Condoleezza Rice supports President Obama. She voted for him in 2008 and will vote for him again in November.
Depending on how badly Mitt Raw Money feels he needs to pander to women and to blacks, sure, he would go for Condi. This is not to say she is competent – she pandered to Bush and Cheney on the whole weapons of mass destruction lie and the bombing of an unarmed country which had nothing to do with 911.....
no substantial amount of voters are going to fall for a vote getting ploy! it is realized that Condi is a wonderful and intelligent person but would have no bearing on this economy once Mitt would be elected. she has already been associated with one failed presidency!
I think it would be great she would remine the America people about W amd the mess he got us into ,the wmd's that we never found 4580 men and woman who died because of the Lie Yeah she would be great call it the 2 liers club
Anybody with some (not much) integrity would help Mitt. Anybody with a personality would help Mitt. Anybody with half a brain would help Mitt. Anybody who doesn't have a never employed wife for a financial adviser would help Mitt. But I don't think the Bush/Cheney team of advisers is any help at all!!!
'By any measure unelectable' is such a crock. The reality is that we have a president on the side of the nation, and a Congress controlled by people who will do ANYTHING to seize total control so they can continue the pillaging of the commonwealth.
Ms. Rice is a very articulate person who tied her horse to the wrong wagon...Cheney.
She would be wise to continue her teaching career.
haven't you noticed,..jack has a penchant for the obvious..creativity is not one of them..
She's too smart to get mixed up with another guy who can't tell the truth!
As far as my vote is concerned it won't.
In the wake of that condescending dog and pony show that he put on at NAACP Convention last week, it would be more pandering, to clean himself up and to get people from looking at Bain.
First, she wouldn't give me, a regular African-American person the time of day. There still is a class thing going on in our community which coupled with inaction by government keeps the black community in shambles.
Besides, Ms. Rice may be smart. However, she is what my great-granny use to call 'an educated fool' meaning that she lacks eveyday common sense. I mean how else can one explain shopping and taking in a show in NYC while citizens are left to their own devices in Louisiana.
If he picks her and goes on to win, expect a repeat of the Bush Years, only this time taking what he and croonies didn't get.
The premise that Obama should not be re-elected based on the state of an economy that was created by the republicans and whose every effort in house and senate has been to block any effort to improve the economy is pathetic in itself. Condolezza Rice was party to one of the most dispicable actions ever taken by our country, namely the selling of the farce that was the Iraq War. The trillion dollars spent on that war, coupled with simultaneous tax cuts for the wealthiest and deregulation and non-enforcement of regulations in the finanacial industry brought to us by the republicans brought us to this point. Not to mention the tens of thousands of Americans killed or maimed by this war sold to us by Condi, et al. Geez, why not bring back Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Rumsfield while your at it. Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it.
Romney has been pandering to the TEA party. I can't see Condi appealing to them.
As an enabler of the Bush II wars, she was not so much Secretary of State as she was a yes woman to a policy doomed to fail from the start
As a black man, I find the suggestion that black people will vote Republican–if Condolezza Rice is added to the ticket–insulting. The Republicans are (unilaterally) changing voting laws to disqualify black votes. Republicans unilaterally passed the Bush tax cuts and pushed for the Iraq War that killed thousands and is responsible for half of the current deficit. Rice won't change any of that.
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