April 10th, 2008
05:42 AM ET
4 years ago

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. Brenda, Detroit

    The only thing she'll carry is John McCain's cane.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    April 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Blue in Blue

    Rice is 100x smarter (materially and politically) than Obama and Shill put together.

    What a great VP debate it would be!

    Shades of Bentsen vs. Quayle...

    April 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. AllAmericankid, Marietta, GA

    really? yea right!!!....W,ell just have to remind them that "Bush" appointed Rice. TWICE, and she stayed :)

    April 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Snoozefest

    Wake me up when the GOP says something, or does something exciting.

    April 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. FEDUP

    McCain and anybody (with in reason) can beat Obama. A McCain Powell would do better since Colin had the good sense to resign from the Bush cabinet.

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

    I REALLY THINK THEY SHOULD BE A GOOD TICKET, AND MISS RICE IS A VERY INTELIGENT LADY.
    THAT'S THE RIGHT TICKET FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

    April 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Doris

    I sooooo doubt that.......

    Its almost comical to even think......

    Nope, not believing that one !! Sorry !

    April 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Gary in Toronto

    A poll at this stage of the game is pretty meaningless. Otherwise Giuliani and Clinton would be the candidates...

    April 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Neelam

    This is an example of how misleading the polls are in recent days.

    April 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Nicholas Hussein

    I don't believe it. Does anyone else?

    April 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Geri

    Obama supporters putting someone down again...how unusual! I am an undecided democratic voter but I think Rice is a very intelligent woman and has loads of experience. She would have to report to McCain not to Bush and who knows if she agrees with everything Bush has done?

    April 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Vig

    Ms. Rice should be tried as a war criminal, never mind running for 2nd highest office in the land.

    April 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Patrick

    It's amazing how partisan and blind people can be reading all these comments. You all have no idea that there are people who actually have different opinions than yourselves. There are people who actually (gasp) like McCain and Rice and think they would make a far better administration than Clinton or Obama. Even more shocking some people actually agree with what their policies would be, and don't think that going to Iraq was even a bad decision. You should try talking to people who disagree with you sometime, you might learn something.

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Gino

    She's been a principal in two great disasters: 911 and Iraq. There is less here than meets the eye. No way.

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. kim portland, oregon

    ummm, no one asked ME, and there's not a chance in #ell i'd vote for these two lying, war-loving sellouts!

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Ross in MD

    A monkey could beat a ticket with Clinton on it.

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Joelle Racine, WI

    Get REAL!

    Rice will smile, reveal the 1 inch gap between her top front teeth, tell us about her $10,000 dresses, her $4,000 shoes and all her failed policy initiatives under King George, and half of the blacks supporting Obama would immediately rush to her side – after all, she too deserves the White House because she is black... meanwhile everyone else in America will vote for the REAL candidate: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    The Republican Part now goes down in flames!

    Go flied rice...

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. applecrispbetty

    Why not just appoint her president, too? We don't need an election.
    Putin appointed Medvedev, didn't he?

    April 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Condi has already said that she was not interested in running. Even so, she was already the Secretary of State to a dumbell. Why would she want to be a VP to someone who is in he early stages of as my grandma calls, "old timers".

    April 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Marine Dad

    Wow...what an idea McCAIN will win anyway but Condi would be an excellent choice do you know of any other team with more experience! The dems are going to self implode they will piss off soooo many voters no matter how this thing ends up...I feel bad for Obama he has good intentions and draws on his honesty and integrity not to mention he is inspiring but its too close and they are going to disinfranchise half of the democratic party, setting the stage for McCain's victory...my opinion Clinton should bow out she has been caught in to many lies!

    April 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Herman LA, CA

    Bring them on and let’s see if the American people will want 4 to 8 more years of the republican policies I don't care who they are.

    April 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. Stacy

    Umm . . . the possibility of winning "big" shouldn't be defined by a 3-5 point lead which falls in the margin of error.

    April 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Concerned Voter

    They would win big. Like there is a question about this ?

    April 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. SGV

    Uh...who did the polling? The Heritage Foundation? Faux News? The Israeli Lobby?
    The GOP is DOA but if McCain does win the election, something really stinks within our election process.

    April 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Jon

    Ah yes, McCain-Rice... A true vindication of the Bush Doctrine and four more years of idiocy in the White House.

    Hey, at least we'll have more fun greeting cards to read...

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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