April 10th, 2008
05:42 AM ET
8 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

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. John in Virgina

    That's it! Just like when Bush Sr. put dumb azz Clarence Thomas on the the Supreme Court. Throw the black people a bone, regardless of any knowledge of the policies that have concerned the community. The truth is, who cares? This is the same fool who had an intelligence report in her hand about plans for terrorists to fly airplanes into buildings, and DID NOTHING. NOTHING. I'll stick with Obama because I like him as an individual and his policies are in line with mine. The Republicans didn't think enough of women, blacks, or any other minority, regardless of qualification, at any time before now? Why in world would anyone think this is genuine? Do us all a favor Condi: stick by your word and go back to Standford.

    April 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. John

    Does anyone else think this poll if pure fiction?

    April 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Nick - Arlington, VA

    they are only looking at Rice in a purely aesthetic way...her judgment has been poor..she has been a poor leader...this was brought out over Iraq. On paper it looks good, going against Obama and probably a white male or female VP then a white-guy and black woman should be able to balance out and get some people excited to vote for something different...but thats it, she would not only represent 8 years of Bush even MORE than McCain, but at the same time she has been criticized for her ineptitude.

    April 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. An Agnostic Democrat

    How any Democrat – be they gay, black, female or any stripe or gender could be an imitation of a Republican much less vote for one is beyond comprehension. That would, however, explain why Hillary supporters are threatening to vote for McSame. They are trying to ease their guilty consciences for putting King George in office the last two times and think that voting for her (Republican-lite branded by Bill Clinton himself) is their way out of an internal moral dilemma. You don't redefine the Democratic party by melding into a lighter, more palatable version of more of the same.

    April 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Stephen in New England

    The VP choice for the Republicans is a moot point. It's meaningless. The OBJECTIVE is make sure that McCain is not elected. We can ill afford another 4-8 years of Bush-lite, and not so light at that. McCain's philosophy and thinking borders on neanderthal.

    Do what is right for America!!!

    OBAMA '08

    April 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Stef

    These polls are so, so ridiculous at this point. Yawn.

    April 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. skyreader7

    This is the biggest bunch of bull I have ever read. McCain, no matter who he picks, will not win the nomination no matter how the MSM tries to influence the election. It is becoming more and more evident to the people how the MSM is controlled by corporate interests. But good try and it made so many of us laugh.

    April 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Marcus

    I think that even if this ticket does not happen, the Democrats are going to sweat it out, since may polls have shown that Obama voters will not vote for Clinton and vice-versa. Those will either be votes for McCain, or non-votes which still help.

    April 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Chuck in Oregon

    Rice said no thank you, so why even consider it.

    April 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Jay

    LOL Angus!!

    April 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    While I think Rice as a VP to McCain is once again subordinating her talents and intellect to an inferior boss; having Rice on any ticket would be huge. She is arguably one the smartest people on this planet.

    Hillary Clintons pretends to be Smart. Obama is smart, but no more or less than the average American (which makes him smarter than just about every politician). McCain is neither a policy wonk like Clinton and he is not quite as smart as Obame; but he doesn't have the ego problems Hillary suffers from. All that said, Condi Rice destroy any of the above in a debate and that intense look on her face is, in itself, enough to force any world leader into submission.

    If Condi Rice entered the political frey in the race for the next President, she would a God among mortals. She is black, she is a woman, and she is hands down an intelectual juggernaught compared to any other candidate running. Our country would be saved at last.

    April 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Nell

    Considering that Condoleeza Rice is an extremely intelligent person, I think she would be a perfect running mate. They would definitely get my vote!

    I would rather be pouring my tax dollars into a war than additional social programs, and as far as the economy goes, it was running pretty smoothly until the Democrats took Congress.

    April 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Wind Water

    I'll bet a Gore/Obama ticket can beat any Republican ticket.

    April 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Our Country is in the biggest crises ever. 8 Years of Bush-Cheney has robbed our country of everything we hold dear.
    McCain's Health Care plan will not require "The Company" to pay Benefits. They will give the employee a raise and the employee can purchase their own Health Care.
    And we are to care who he picks for Vice President. He has nothing
    else to talk about so one day he has a list of 20 and the next day
    Condi. Please is this all for attention!

    Obama 2008 or sink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Ratgurl

    They are REALLY setting the Republicans up for a fall, aren't they? No one will vote for McCain with Bush's puppy dog riding his coattails.

    Condi as VP? Hasn't she already done enough damage under the current administration?

    April 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Gail

    In who's world would these two even win the Office, much less be a good team?

    This is just a phishing expedition to see what us 'common folk' are thinking to see if there's any interest in her at all and the majority do not want that LYING RICE or the SENILE McSAME in office, together, apart or in any capacity.

    It wouldn't matter who's on the ticket with McSame. I guess GOP's just don't get it that DEMs are taking office this fall.

    Let's hope we stop hearing how LYING RICE would be a good VEEP. Heck, McSame wouldn't even be a good POTUS.

    Remember it was the LYING RICE who said "This WAR came to us – we didn't ask for it.".


    April 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    Mcain and Rice would be good for running mates, polls show that race is a factor in voting patterns so why not have a vp that has both of those attributes running in the democratic party unstoppable.

    April 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. kim portland, oregon

    these two would keep us in wars forever.

    mccain would have us slinging flaming arrows and pouring boiling oil on the enemy (WHEN he remembers who they are) from the rooftops. and condi would be busy giving no-bid contracts to the firewood and oil people!

    any democrat in 08!!!! mccain/rice would be our dream ticket, so go on condi, just sell your soul to one last rich, old white guy!

    April 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Navy Veteran

    Who writes this crap? "win big in even the blue states" Give me a break.. Yes, please, team these two idiots up on the red ticket ! Our blue ticket will breeze into the White House and this country will have at least a slight chance of repairing the damage done by the Bush administration, i.e., W, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, et.al., and even Powell, the guy who got suckered by that crowd of "Oil is King" misfits.

    April 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. David

    If Condoleeza Rice is anywhere NEAR the McCain ticket, I would never vote for him. She is as responsible as George Bush for getting us into the Iraq debacle.

    April 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Brad Gates


    You can smell the fear in the Democrat posts.


    April 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. scott,manchester NH

    its about THE MOST depressing thing in this galaxy to fathom the notion of a republican being permitted anywhere near the White House at this point...


    April 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    She is a Republican, who loves Bush, for God's sake. So for
    Condi, you would sit through another Bush 8 year term with
    McCain in charge. Please, let us not get overexcited here.
    Some of you people are crazy like Hillary.

    April 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. PA for Obama, because Clinton not truthful

    No way.

    April 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Dave

    Those who understand politics knows that this is the GOP ticket.

    April 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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