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. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Any person on this board who would even suggest that either McCain or Rice are incompetent doesn't know anything about either or what each has accomplished in his or her lifetime. Anyone who would think this is uninformed and probably quite undereducated and ignorant.

    April 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Oh Brother

    This is just plain absurd.No one knows anything about Condi,for all the public knows she could be an axe murderer.This might be the most ridiculous poll I have ever seen.No republican is going to carry New York,not this year.What I cant figure out is what would be peoples motivation.McCain will lose NY by 15-25% how is a relatively unknown Vp candidate going to make that big of a difference?I think this is a crock.

    April 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Dave

    Look. Condi went from a sharecropper family to National Security Advisor via Alabama> U of Denver, Stanford, George Schultz picked from that tree for the Young Bush-Cheney team. Janice Rodgers Brown did the same think. Share cropper family > San Francisco radical schooling, picked up by Pete Wilson, and now she awaits the supreme court. Its all about getting picked up! Colin Powell was dropped. FROM California:

    Nixon's California republicans have helped all the woman out except one Maria Schriver.

    Looks like its this California style or New Jersey for them.

    Think outside the box.

    April 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Bob

    Hillary winning only by 2 points in her home state where she is a senator – BYE BYE, HILLARY.

    Hillary, you are done!

    April 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Tammy Collins

    Hillary is a liar. If Sen. Clinton is the nominee, i am sure McCain/Rice team would easily win, that's a guarantee. Only way democrats can win is Sen. Obama and someone else other than sen. clinton on the ticket.

    April 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Mike from arizona

    The media is bored,this election is over.It will be a democrat because voters will be voting on "Change or more of the same.Isn't it obvious.

    April 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. It's the policy

    It's the Irak policy we are against. Rice is a fine person who travelled the world without being given authority to accomplish anything. It does not matter who is on the republican ticket. it's their policy we don't agree with.

    April 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Sue in Fl

    Is this the same woman that went shopping when New Orleans and its citizens were drowning and dying? She has never spoken a word of her own. It has been just a re-run of what McCain says. Have you really ever heard this woman speak?

    I am an independant voter....this year I am going to push that "Dem" button on the voters ballot.

    April 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Sam

    Go Condi! Would love to see this ticket! At least she has experience!

    April 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Carol

    This poll really surprises me. How could only 30% of the population support Bush, and 81% of the population feel the nation is headed in the wrong direction, yet a continuation of the same people/policies would win big?

    I really don't get it. Is it that the Democratic candidates are so weak? Can anyone take a poll as to WHY this ticket would win? It doesn't seem to make sense.

    April 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Todd from Michigan

    How wonderful. Four Obama supporters on tonight's Election Center. Maybe you are all right. We need a president who will do nothing, as Jesse says, "None of the Above" is a vote for Obama.

    April 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Vicky

    If the Republican Party runs the "dream ticket" they will be offering the independent voter another choice. It is not going to happen but worth considering. Campbell Brown needs a more fair and balanced type of commentaries on her program. It seems too pro Obama and hey...is there not another political party besides the Demos out there?

    April 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Nick from Atlanta

    This poll is ludicrous. The only thing it really illustrates is the fact that voters are suffering from primary fatigue. Any advantages a McCain/Rice ticket would potentially hold would certainly be negated once the clueless independents realize that this would truly be a third Bush/Cheney term.

    Condi is even smarter than Cheney, so it makes even less sense for a person of that mental capacity to have held the positions she has for so long. It's either a morally bankrupt lust for power, or there's something seriously wrong with her.

    April 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. JCH in Philly

    I like the idea... Unlike Obama (who grew up in Hawaii and Thailand), Condi (who is 10 years older than Obama) actually lived through the civil rights struggle and overcame racism and inequality, and, once the American people have a chance to hear her story and learn who she is, could inspire people about the greatness and opportunity of our country (not all of those terrible things that someone's pastor likes to spew!!).

    April 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. Indiana Bob

    The poll sounds pretty accurate to me. I have voted Democratic since 1972. There is no way I will vote for a ticket that includes Obama. I will vote for McCain, no matter who his running mate is. Not sour grapes, it is just a fact that Obama is not at all ready to be President. Clinton and McCain are ready.

    April 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. xtina

    I've heard Secretary Rice state in interviews that she isn't interested in elected office, that the only job other than her Cabinet appt in which she's interested is commissioner of football. No offense, but I thought I heard cnn doesn't speculate. Why is cnn running this "what if" scenario as if it's news? It's speculation.

    April 9, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. nancy

    It would be an unbeatable ticket. Wisdom and strength of character coupled with youth, intelligence and knowledge of the worlds leaders. You'll see.

    April 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Conservative Jim

    I think it was Derrick that thought Condy Rice is not intelligent. She has an earned doctorate, which is a lot more than most politicians. I think with her knowledge of the terrorist enemy, and her grace under pressure, I would definately vote for Mc Cain if he chose her.

    April 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Kentucky

    I don't know what the polls say but I don't believe a word of it.

    April 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. AC

    Finally, a woman on the ticket with REAL experience.

    April 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Cliff Murdock

    You have to be kidding. The most effective slogans for those opposed to McCain are "McSame" and "four more years". Condoleeza on the ticket will only confirm the truth of these tags.

    As one who will vote for Hillary and/or Obama, I'm torn. One part of me says put her on the McCain ticket. They will lose and this pollster will never get another contract again. But the other part of me says let Stanford have her. Or better yet, please, Stanford, take her!

    April 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. RationalHumanBeing

    Complete, utter nonsense. The notion that McCain/Rice could win in NYC?? Absurd. I think Marist College needs to fire its statistics department or whomever did this survey.

    April 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Tim

    These hypothetical polls are useless. You are basically asking whether someone would vote for an established candidate versus a novelty. Put McCain and Rice on the ticket and I guarantee they will not carry New York.

    April 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. EBJ

    wait a minute here, we ARE talking about REPUBLICANS are we not? The party that so lacks diversity that they don't even try to court the Hispanic or African American vote. And you think the GOP and far right wingers would allow a black woman to be THAT close to holding the most powerful office on the planet? Sorry but I don't buy it and when I see people like Rush and Hannity and Coulter and Billy as representation of that party I KNOW it won't ever happen. And it's too bad in a way because I would have hoped as a nation we would have gotten beyond that. The man that introduced McCain yesterday by belittling Tiger Woods and the senator only hugged him afterwards spoke volumes to me. The closest we will get to a minority in such a high office will come from the Democrats and not from the Grand Old Party as long as they have a far right wing.

    April 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Jack Robertson

    Don't think that a McCain-Rice ticket can't win. It may not be a marriage of brains but great intellect wasn't an impediment to victory for several White House occupants – Nixon, Reagan and George W.Bush to name just a few in modern times. There were probably many more in the past who weren't hampered by a lack of grey matter either. What is truly disturbing is that so many Americans vilify their brightest president of the modern era – Jimmy Carter. It's too bad that there won't be anyone of his intellectual caliber (save perhaps Ralph Nader) on the ballot this November.

    April 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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