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Condoleezza Rice Would Consider VP Job

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by heavyg, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Thursday, March 27, 2008 1:50 PM

    By: Ronald Kessler



    Despite saying she wants to return to Stanford University, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has let it be known in Republican circles that she would consider running for vice president if asked.

    One source told Newsmax that she expressed interest in the possibility when Rudy Giuliani was running for president. Another source said she has more recently let her interest be known discreetly within top Republican circles, presumably including John McCain’s camp.

    Fueling speculation that she would consider being on the ticket, Rice appeared for the first time this week at the so-called Wednesday meeting run by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Rice spoke for 20 minutes at the off-the-record meeting of conservative leaders, then took questions for 20 minutes.

    Presidential candidates, White House aides, Cabinet officers, and members of Congress routinely speak to the group, but the talks generally are far shorter. In her talk, Rice stuck to foreign policy. When asked about her future, she said she plans to teach at Stanford, where she was once provost, and she plans to write a book.

    Asked for comment, an aide to Rice said it was “not true” that she has expressed interest in a run and pointed to what she said at the Wednesday meeting about intending to return to Stanford.

    “No one can accurately say she was encouraging it or that she expressed interest, as your two sources apparently told you,” the aide said. “That is wrong. Her answer [about being interested in running for vice president] was clearly and unambiguously negative.”


    In general, possible vice presidential candidates never want to appear to be running for the job. What Rice has done is make it clear she would not shut the door on a possible candidacy.

    “She would be a good vice presidential candidate because she would be a good president,” Norquist commented to Newsmax.

    While conservatives generally like the idea of her running on a ticket with McCain, their only concern is her stand on abortion. In a 2005 interview with The Washington Times, Rice described herself as “mildly pro-choice” and a libertarian on the abortion issue.

    “I’m a strong proponent of parental choice, of parental notification,” Rice said then. “I’m a strong proponent of a ban on late-term abortion. These are all things that I think unite people, and I think that that’s where we should be.”

    Rice said she is “very comfortable with the president’s view that we have to respect and need to have a culture that respects life. This should be an issue pretty infrequently because we ought to have a culture that says Who wants to have an abortion? Who wants to see a daughter or a friend or, you know, a sibling go through something like that?”

    Rice then said that we “have to respect the culture of life, and we have to try and bring people to have respect for it and make this as rare a circumstance as possible.”

    She went on to say that she does not think the federal government should be “forcing its views on one side or the other. So, for instance, I’ve tended to agree with those who do not favor federal funding for abortion, because I believe that those who hold a strong moral view on the other side should not be forced to fund it.”

    When the interviewer said it sounds as if she does not want to change the laws on abortion, Rice responded, “Well, I don’t spend my entire life thinking about these issues. You know, I spend my time really thinking about the foreign policy issues. But you know that I’m a deeply religious person and so, from my point of view, these extremely difficult moral issues where we have — where we’re facing issues with technology and the prolongation of life and the fact that very, very young babies are able to survive now . . . very small babies are able to survive . . . these are great moral issues.”

    “I’m a minister’s daughter,” Rice once told me. “I [pray] 10 times a day. It’s the most natural thing in the world. Sometimes, I pray out loud when alone. I’ll say a quick prayer on my way to play piano.”


    Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com.
  2. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Dr. Rice would be a great Vice President. I wish she would run for President myself.
  3. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Well I am thinking if she is asked and accepts the VP nod. She will run for Pres in 4 yrs. I really hope there is some validity to this story and that McCain choses her as his running mate. It would be checkmate for him no matter who comes out of the democrate train wreck
  4. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    Obama/Clinton vs. McCain/Rice


    (im my best Mel Allen voice)
    How about that?
  5. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I'd be more excited if I knew what she believed in.
  6. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    I say the chances of McCain choosing some associated with the Bush administration as his running mate are somewhere between slim and none.

    Unless he's running to lose.
  7. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    You keep telling yourself that. IF McCain chooses Rice it will be a slam dunk win for him in Nov IMO
  8. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Again, I don't know how anyone could say that not knowing her positions on 90% of the relevant issues.
  9. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    Just like in '06, huh?

    Let's take a look at public perception: the economy is slowing down if not in outright recession, the war is unpopular, conservatives are dissatisfied with the current direction of the party, and the left hates Bush with a passion - that's a slam dunk?
  10. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    I agree.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30282-2005Mar12.html

    Says she takes almost a libertarian type view on abortion.... I'm for that.

    But yeah, I would love to find out her stances on the major issues.
  11. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    The same can be said about Obama.....And alot of America are falling over themselves like he is the second comming. I like her because she is a smart business woman. That is what we need for the economy. She is a Republican so I think it is a safe bet (could be wrong) that her position on almost all issues will be aligned with mine.
  12. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    That would basically be the Iraq War ticket. That would be a hard sell to a public increasingly weary of a war whose end is nowhere in sight.

    Any talk of a Lieberman as McCain's running mate? Man, the days of Gore/Lieberman seem like ancient history or something from an alternate universe.
  13. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Well we know she does not believe in memos titled.."Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."
  14. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    I also find it hard to believe that he would further entrench himself with the previous administration, considering how much the GOP candidates were falling over themselves to put distance away from Bush & Co. as the "change" candidate.

    I think McCain would alienate his base even more with that pick. Lieberman supports the Iraq War, but he falls in line strongly with Democratic policies aside from that one issue. Core conservatives are worried enough with the possibilities of a McCain presidency as it is.
  15. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    It would also contradict his position that he supported the war but not the way that it was managed. Not sure how you maintain that stance with one of the architects of the administration's strategy.

    I think this is an unlikely scenario.
  16. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    :laugh2:

    Rice is in lockstep with Bush.

    People like to say that hey Bush isn't running this time.

    Well put Rice on the ticket and he would be.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Well I will give her the benefit of the doubt. I don't know if she just does what her superiors tell her or if she whole heartily believed that stuff.

    If she just does what her superiors tell her, than she would do what McCain says.

    I tend to believe she just did what bush and crew said to do.

    It seemed to be a mantra with them...to say nobody could have expected something to happen (bin laden or Katrina) only to have things come out later proving them to be false in saying that.
  18. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    obama would have to be suicidal if he were to put hillary as VP. he'd be dead in the 1st year.
  19. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    Didnt Clinton miss a memo or two....:eek:
    (WTC attack #1 in da basement)
  20. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    She is far more qualified than either of the Dem Prez canidates. I would be love to see this happen. With her being a minority, but not whining about past or possibly current slights, makes it even better. What a positive contrast.

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