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. Jose, New York City

    This is why Democracy does not work, people are idiots. Why would anyone want four more years of this?! For those who voted Bush during the last two elections, please (pretty please) lock yourself in a closet on Nov. 4th.

    April 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Jay

    McCain/ Rice, will destroy Obama & anybody. If Clinton gets the nomination she could be competitive with the right VP choice. I hear all the Obamabots screaming because Condi would take away a good percentage of the black and the female vote from him. Then if Hillary's supporters vote for McCain...Can you say landslide for the Repubs of epic proportions?

    April 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Roman Freixenet

    I liked Rice at the beginning, but not advising Bush on not going to war, that´s just unforgibable. Rough luck, but that´s the way things are. Better choice would be Ron Paul, very capable on economic issues, and heck, together with McCain, they add up about 200 years lol.

    April 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Erik

    So a career academic and bureaucrat who has never been elected to a public office would be an attractive candidate, but a third-party candidate wouldn't stand a chance. We're one messed-up electorate.

    April 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Sarah Smith

    Hillary visibly appears worn out.. more blubbery every day.

    I'm tired of hearing "you know........" she sounds like an old hippy.

    Hillary is such a trash (keep it clean, don't say _hore) of scandals compared to everyone else in the limelight.

    Condi is one woman to watch.. I'd prefer her to be the republican nominee

    I can see Condi up there with Margaret Thatcher in history.

    (I am a pale skin, blue eyed, female boomer).

    I know this post won't make the grade. but somebody somewhere is digesting this data.

    April 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. KCBob

    They have my vote....If Hillary is the Dem nominee that is.

    April 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Ted, MN

    Lannie Davis is nancy pantsy bottomless pit.

    He's Clinton's attack dog, and he doesn't know what he's saying. He will forever be remembered as the lawyer who lied for the liar. Oh, but I'm sure he's used to that.

    Go away Lannie Boy, and take your lying candidate with you.

    Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Edgar

    Ardnuas do you fear a McCain & Rice ticket??? Well let me tell you and all of your Obama supportes it will be your worse nightmare for turning your back on Hillary and the real America for what it stands for FREEDOM!! AND RIGHT TO VOTE! MI & FLORIDA

    April 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Jason

    I don't know why CNN keeps trying to push a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket, but it's not gonna happen!

    April 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Ticket to Destiny

    Suckers. The best political party in America is over on the Dems side, and Republicans have a ticket to the GOP snoozefest.

    Catch up with you later, I've got a ticket to make, and watch history.

    Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. KCM

    Did they conduct this poll at a Stupid People Convention? Surely this type of convention exists somewhere in the world....

    April 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Nick Erban

    Condi Rice is the smartest woman in America, and certainly meets the qualifications needed to be VP or President. Hillary is simply not qualified to be the leader of the Free World, and Obama is even less qualified.

    The vast majority of Republicans would be thrilled with a McCain/Rice ticket in November.

    April 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. Obama Has Substance

    Hello, Obama is a winner all over the World. A recent Polls taken in Canada shows that he would win over Hillary 9 percent and over John Mccain 37 percent. The same will happen in America. He will over any of the Candidate. The American people are seeing that there is something special about this man. Mr. Mccain is a nice descent man and is held with high respect. But is time for him to resign and let the younger generation put American back on the Map. To the Clintons and McCain this is just about Power. They really don't concern about the poor, the waste of money on unnecessary war, the lost of lives etc., This is all about Power. for them. This is also about their ego. How dear a blackman want to take this power away from me. This is my time. No this is not your time. This is for the people of American, especially the young who wants their voice to be heard for the firt in years. Give them this change. Please give Obama chance. Obama will reach accoss the isles to learn from all of you veteran Mr. McCain, he will not be too proud to reach out to everyone for the good of his country America.

    April 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Other than Cheney, I can’t think of anyone with less credibility than Secretary Rice.

    She epitomizes the concept of political “stooge”.

    She was a poor National Security Advisor (Some advice she gave huh?)
    She is an ineffective Secretary of State (has she accomplished anything?)

    She really needs to go back to academia. She did a good job there and I think it is a more appropriate level for her.

    April 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Shelby, AK

    August is almost here, I can't wait to vote for a Democrat!

    I'm tuning out the hate-mongers and tuning into America.

    Obama 08
    America 08
    Obama 08
    America is Great!!!

    April 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. judson fanning

    AS A CLINTON SUPPORTER I RESENT THE FACT THAT MSNBC TV HAS CHOSEN TO SUPPORT OBAMA IN SUCH A WAY THAT I REFUSE TO PATRONIZE THE SPONSORS OF HARDBALL WITH C.MATTHEWS AND COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLDERMANN,AND I URGE EVERY SUPPORTER TO NOT PATRONIZE THESE PEOPLE,JABANKS,HUGHES.NET,VERIZON AND BUICK

    April 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. SAM Q, CALIFORNIA

    THE MAIN REASON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL LOSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BECAUSE OF GEORGE BUSH´S OVERALL FAILED POLICIES OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. JOHN McCAIN ALONE REPRESENTS AN ATTEMPT TO WIN A THIRD TERM FOR BUSH. CONDOLEEZA RICE WILL REPRESENT BUSH´S FOURTH TERM. HOW CAN TWO NEGATIVES ADDED TOGETHER GIVE A POSITIVE ANYTHING, LET ALONE A REPUBLICAN WIN? THOSE BEHIND THE POLLS SHOULD ASK THE RUSSIANS TO HELP WITH THE MATHEMATICS.

    April 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. BVS Maine

    WHATEVER!! This is propaganda at it's finest. WIn what? A contest of how completely desperate and fear ridden the American people are? This is only a bad dream. We can do better for our country!

    OBAMA!!!

    April 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. Cindy, MD

    Sorry Nick,

    A McCain/Rice ticket doesn't do it for us. We've pressed our noses to the window long enough. We think a woman, or a black man can actually go to the ball. Imagine that?

    Sign,
    Cinderella

    April 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    McCain OR Rice could beat those pandering Democrats- Mrs. Hillary (Integrity) Clinton and Mr Barack (Change is good) Obama. I think either McCain or Rice could ably lead this country- so I have no objections to that ticket.
    I am so tired of listening to those two spineless Democrats telling everyone anything they want to hear, never intending to fulfill any of their putrid bloated promises.
    You want free health care- you got it.
    You want the world to love you- you got it.
    You want to buy that house you cant afford- you got it.
    You want national security but no soldiers hurt- you got it.
    You want more promises- here are more lies.
    On and on and on...

    April 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Jack

    Condi, please run. We need your foreign experience as well as your experience as National Security Advisor.

    April 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. She's Got A Ticket To Ride

    ....and she don't care. If she did, she wouldn't lie to the American people. Kick her to the curb America, she doesn't appreciate us.

    Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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