April 10th, 2008
05:42 AM ET
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Poll suggests McCain-Rice ticket could win big

 A McCain-Rice ticket could carry New York, a new poll says.

A McCain-Rice ticket could carry New York, a new poll says.

(CNN) - Condoleezza Rice has said she has no desire to be John McCain's running mate, but a new poll out Wednesday suggests that duo could beat the Democratic ticket in the bluest of states.

In a new poll conducted by Marist College and WNBC, a McCain-Rice ticket would beat a ticket that includes both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New York - a state that reliably votes for the Democratic candidate. (In 2004, John Kerry beat President Bush there by nearly 20 points. In 2000, the margin between Al Gore and Bush was an even higher 25 points.)

But should McCain and Rice team up, the poll suggests the two Republicans would carry New York, defeating a Clinton-Obama ticket by 3 points (49-46 percent) and an Obama-Clinton ticket by 5 points (49-44 percent.)

The poll comes days after a leading Republican strategist suggested Rice, contrary to her own public statements, is engaging in a behind-the-scenes campaign to land a spot on McCain's ticket. Former Bush administration official Dan Senor made the suggestion on ABC Sunday, noting Rice's recent appearance at the weekly meeting of Americans for Tax Reform - a leading organization of Republican insiders - as evidence she is attempting to cozy up to the conservative elite.

That suggestion immediately had Beltway insiders speculating on the potential advantages Rice would deliver, especially in light of the fact the Democratic presidential ticket will either feature a woman or an African-American for the first time in American history.

Rice herself attempted to put the speculation to rest Tuesday, saying, "I very much look forward to watching this campaign and voting as a voter - I have a lot of work to do and then I'll happily go back to Stanford."

But with polls like this, it's likely some Republicans hope she reconsiders.

Watch: The Best Political Team ponders a McCain-Rice ticket

Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • John McCain
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Derrick

    Hmmm, I don't think that would be a good ticket at all... Having 2 incompetent people on the ticket? At least McCain has the chance to choose someone more intelligent than him, but I don't think Rice is that person!

    Not a good idea, at all!

    April 9, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Allen in NC

    Win what?.... The whitehouse back in republicans control?.... Well, I've always been told if you'er gonna dream, Dream big....

    April 9, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. tell the truth

    No it will not. These polls are not always true. When people starting thinking this would be another 4 years of Bush they will change their minds. Look at your bank account,gas price, the war in Irag. There is no way the ticket will work. People are voting for change not the same old thing

    April 9, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Geoff, NH

    This doesn't mean anything. Its 1 state, and the democrat ticket used in the poll is not going to happen. Besides, if Rice has been so clear that she is not at all interested, why would they bother making this poll? CNN, go home, find something meaningful to report, and come back later, just give it time, you'll find it.

    April 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. I want her on the ticket

    Her past 8 years job performance is easy pickins for the Dems. Her ineptitude will be exposed in all its glory and splendor.

    And, of course, she was HUGE advocate of one of the worst foreign policy decisions in this nation's history. So yeah, join the ticket.

    Buh bye McCain

    April 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Shouldn't we get Nancy Pelosi's opionion if this ticket is OK first?

    April 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Ponder this

    rice on MCCAIns ticket is still gonna have it MCCAins ticket.....the blacks that are voting for Obama aren't gonna change their minds......keep trying GOP.......you should not have a chance in Nov

    April 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Ron

    There is only one way to ask....WHAT are you guys SMOKIN??? Ms. Rice has accomplished ZERO, and she is a BIG PLUS as a V.P.?? Is America THAT BLIND??? I HOPE NOT.

    April 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Puzzled

    Ms. Rice, please reconsider. Do you realize how much good you could do consigning Clinton and Obama to the Senate? The Hoover Institute at Stanford will always be there.

    April 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Radu

    Yeah, because nobody wants Clinton or Obama on the same ticket.

    There are much better Dem tickets out there, and the Repubs have no WAY of winning any blue states.

    I can't wait for the Obama-McCain debates. Obama will run circles around McCain, and he'll blow a fuse if not in the first, than certainly by the second debate.

    April 9, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Stacy Clarks,

    What kind of crazy polls are you taking?

    there is no way

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. maya

    Good one Angus!

    April 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. JT in Dallas

    I can't wait to see this. She goes from one looser to the next!

    April 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Deana

    She is respected, but not popular in the black community, so this is clearly a selection, just for white Republicans.

    I also think the two for one analogy is insulting.

    Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Hilary's a Judas

    Of course it would win big in New York, all of Hilary's supporters would betray their party to vote for McClinton if Obama is anywhere near the ballot.

    I bet it'd go over big with all the southern good ol' boys who can't wait to get a VP who can softshoe and placate them.

    And people say Obama plays the "Race card", at least he's not pandering to liberal guilt and uncle toms.

    - The Mgmt

    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas


    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Colin Powell would help the GOP ticket a heck of a lot more than Condi "Now-you-see-her, but-usually-you-don't" Rice.

    Powell has integrity, Rice doesn't. She is just a political Bush hack with no accomplishments to speak of during the last 3-1/2 years.

    Come to think of it, Powell would make a good running mate for Senator Obama too!

    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Byron

    Jeez, I hope he chooses her as his running mate; sure, they'll say this is a Bush 3rd term, but all she has to say is, "This is a new Presidency, lets fix things up!" They'd get my vote!

    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. bb

    I find it difficult to believe that McCain / Rice could beat anyone. Rice is a leftover from the failed Bush administration and has really acccomplished nothing during that time. I can't believe that anyone would think that she has anything to add. Given McCain's age, she would have to be viewed as a potential president and she has no executive experience whatsoever.

    I find this lacking credibility.

    April 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Nicki

    She has the personality of cornstalk. Who is she, except someone who is a puppet for GW.

    Not crazy about her.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzmove on.

    April 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Let's see....a President who can't remember Sunni and Shiites and Al Qaeda, and that thinks it is funny to sing "Bomb Bomb Iran" on national TV, and a VP who ignored warnings about 9-11 and then lied us into attacking Iraq...great combo, and one all too similar to the incompetents that hijacked the White House seven years ago....GREAT ticket to renew and rebuild and revive America!

    April 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Mike

    She could run on Obama's ticket and have a one race ticket.

    April 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. R

    polls. polls. polls. polls. polls. polls.

    April 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. kmichelle

    Not in a million....don't bet on it.

    April 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Marnie, ID

    Once again, we're not voting for Barack because he's black or Hillary because she is a woman. The GOP needs to be more creative.

    Who's running that campaign, George Bush?


    April 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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