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

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soundoff (273 Responses)

    Who cares waht a poll says anyway, just a bunch of crap to soon to mean anything and it doesn't mean anything anyway, Rice doesn't want to be VP.

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. kim portland, oregon

    OMG, thanks for the laugh RADU. obama and mccain in a debate?!?!
    dear god, the grumpy old man would absolutely LOSE IT!!!! he'd turn all read, then lunge across his podium at obama calling him a c*word!!!!

    yes, PLEASE let's get these debates going. the sooner the blind lemmings see what a dangerous, lying nutjob their guy is the better!

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Bob

    Interesting concept! If McCain and Rice, why not Obama and Hillary?
    These two tickets would perhaps split the hispanic, black, and gender vote. The only thing left is, what would white male vote look like?

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Matthew

    If you think Obama will run circles around McCain in a debate, then you are truly blind to reality. Obama's biggest weakness is the debate forum. I am not saying McCain will destroy Obama, but you put too much faith in the freshman Senator.

    This ticket will not be as successful as the polls suggest. As soon as this would be announced, the Democrats would be able to attack the foreign policy record of both and destroy that New York lead. It is great, though, knowing that the Republicans may have a chance in this bluest of States.

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Political Jonze

    Has Condi Rice ever been vetted in any political campaign?

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

    per Radu's comment... I wonder who's head is going to explode more? McCain in a debate with Obama as Obama runs circles around him, or Hillary when she finally concedes. Their both going to be like one of those Mentos in a Pepsi bottle moments.

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Craig from Rockford, Illinois

    I think a campaign that included a review of her resume, a few video clips of her Iraq performances, and a few reminders of her love of no-bid contracts would fix that poll very quickly. Rice is just another oil company hack.

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. follow the money

    political spin on Mccain..

    check out this website:


    on controversial issues

    because it shows you, the speeches he made regarding Iraq, during
    bush's rein, like in 2002
    giving bush unlimited spending for Iraq..

    well, check it out for yourself, he has been wrong on Iraq all along,
    so what makes you think he will be any different in the future?

    follow the money

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Chris L.

    Does anyone REALLY believe that this could actually happen? I feel as if this is written only to spark debate and give news outlets something else to feed off, since the war, environment, insurance issues, our S.S. are just WAAAAY to serious and depressing to make the top stories everyday. Our news has, somewhat, become our entertainment.
    One last thing..... Can anyone truly believe that the woman who, only one day after the 9-11 attacks was seen shoe shopping on Madison Avenue, has the heart, courage, or demeanor to come across as a genuine caring figure that can relate to other Americans? Dream on... the only way that would happen is if she ran as Hillary's V.P. and all the women in the country united.

    April 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. jimmy velman


    April 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. mndharmas

    picking Rice will be a statement for four more years of BUSH CHENEY.

    She speaks fluently in english and Russian , o ya she plays piano too. I don't think she can think politics . the least foreign affairs. She was a perfect face for cheney's plans/

    April 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Ardnuas

    Win what????? She is JUST LIKE GEORGE BUSH (MCSAME)
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Also Scared of Obama Supporters

    I think McCain/Rice would be a good ticket for the republicans. It would make the democrats sweat it out. Obama is going to have a very hard time against a war hero when he has the type of baggage he carries into this. It is too bad the DNC is so inept at getting it right with Fl and Mi.

    Hillary could win, but the media likes to kill her because she is a woman. Sexism is just fine in this country. Perhaps women should all get their veils out and not show their faces any more - this would make the political media happy I am sure.

    April 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. silverspring

    McCain-Rice is a win ticket? You must be smoking.

    April 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. jogby

    Obama cannot come close to debating McCain in national security nor military. I am a democrat and I was aganist the Iraq invasion from the begining. Now, since we are there what are we going to do to fix it? That is the Trillion dollar questions we have. Obama does have any ideas and if he does he has taken it from Hillary, so Obama is not the right person for the job either.

    April 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. john


    April 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Obama/Any one but Hillary

    The problem is Hillary...
    Put Obama and any one and you will get a better result. McCain has no chance and Rice will lower his chances...
    Obama/ Any one except Hillary

    April 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Tom in MA

    Just saw on the news that Rice participated in approving torture. That ticket wouldn't get my vote!

    April 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Rachel

    Hmm sound like a good alternative to Obama. I am a Hillary girl and an African American Woman and if my girl Hill doesnt make it then mccain and rice is an attractive choice for me. McCain's a liberal any way right 🙂

    April 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    i see it!! my name sake!

    April 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. STORY


    April 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Proud American

    As a 110% Hillary supporter, I will vote the dem ticket as long as Hillary is on the ticket. i will not deny her being the first VP!

    But if she is not on the ticket, all bets are off and I will vote for McCain and whoever!

    McCondi '08 sounds soooo sweeeet!!


    April 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Franky

    New York?!?! Don't even get me started on that State.........sorry Yankees.

    April 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. fred

    McCain and Rice have more experience and better credentials than Obama and anyone else. Rice has been the cooling influence vs the Rumsfelds. Wouldnt it be better to have her intelligence and state dept experience on day 1?

    April 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. AMG

    These are really good news.

    April 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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