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


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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. TR

    (1) These polls must be conducted by the Wizard of Odd (2) I don't believe them (3) Who are you kidding (4) If by some remote chance, this duo of incompetents should win, God (if you believe in her) help us all!

    April 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. obama supporter

    It would be bad to see Rice take the VP

    this displays a message "if the dems need to run either a black or a woman, then HERE, we republicans got both a black and woman rolled right into one pacakage."

    This happend in illinois. The republicans get so scared of the race vote that they ran Alan Keyes in this just so it could be a black vs black style of race. Even Alan Keyes tried pulling the race card out in that debate claiming that he was the "blacker" candidate.

    Rice, if you're gonna run, don't run because McCain needs a token on his ticket. Especially shame on republicans trying to pick minorities just to get a vote. Go get Romney or Lieberman, they are both qualified people.

    April 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. cocoObama

    This ticket is too much about the war in Iraq, it would be a big gamble by the republicans. But on the bright side, the experience would be undeniable.It's an interesting ticket, that's for sure!

    April 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Hillary to the White House

    Good grief, what will they think of next, Jed Bush.

    No Bama, no Cain period.

    Hillary Clinton is the only hope for the world and the USA.

    April 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Sue Marie, MI

    Better than Obama.

    April 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. jd

    McCain/Rice = SAME OLD THING. OBAMA/08

    April 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Bill >> PA

    C. Powell would win bigger; although Rice is a great choice.

    April 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Anyone But Hillary

    It's a moot point. There's never going to be any such thing as an Obama/Clinton ticket...or a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    Why would Obama stoop to such a level as to put someone as dreadful as Clinton on the same ticket with him?

    Why would Obama choose a running mate who 47% of the country says they "can't stand?" That would be a death wish to his presidential bid.

    Obama and ANYONE else would be a stronger ticket than Obama with Clinton.

    Go Obama. It's time "the monster" got out of the way and stopped hurting the Democratic party.

    April 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Please Condi, I beg of you, please do whatever you can to get on as McCain's VP choice. I'd love to do the flip-flop chant!

    April 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. jason pawlik

    Was this poll done by idiots? She is an ex oil exec and has a terrible foreign policy, this ticket would have no chance.

    April 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. s.b.

    Well those tapes of his Pastor of 20 years blaming the US for 9/11 wont help any Obama ticket in NY.

    I have been saying for three weeks, Obama can't win NY. Not after he supported a church that speap that message with is money.

    Clinton would do better without him in NY.

    April 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Jackson

    Radu: "I can't wait for the Obama-McCain debates.

    ..... there will not be any NObama-McCain debates ... and NObama can't handle debates anyway ... even Clinton and Edwards kicked his *SS in debates!

    McCain-Rice ... for a secure America!!

    April 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Bob Witt

    I dont believe that for a second. This Democrat says to the GOP, McCain- Rice, "Bring it on Baby"!

    April 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Penn State

    Political Jonze April 9th, 2008 6:36 pm ET

    Has Condi Rice ever been vetted in any political campaign?

    Please!!!! Condi Rice has been vetted her entire political career under George Bush. She has been questioned about everything and has beat her critics every time. I am a Clinton supporter and black. If Clinton is not the nominee then I am running to that strong black woman. Obama is nothing compared to Ms. Rice.

    April 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Mike Green

    The poll result is certainly intriguing and substantiates the thoughts that have been an undercurrent in the Republican party for some time now. Despite sincere misgivings on the part of both Ms. Rice and Senator McCain the pair would certainly run well against either of the probable Democratic frontrunners. Whether the Senator can manage to swallow his pride and ask the real superstar of the party to join him is debatable.

    April 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. case

    Obama supporters are teachers, veterans, and other Americans who do not buy into the Republicans who have terrible policies and live off of making you scared. It is a fact.

    McCain who I used to love is now a GOP puppet and will adopt the same failed policy as Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, and Bush.

    No more of the same!

    All you anti Obama voters who do not want a true healthcare plan and want to stay in Iraq forever, give him a chance. See what he can do in four years, if he sucks, you can go back to more of the same: Clinton, McCain, Romney.
    Even with McCain it could never get as bad as the worst administration of all time!

    Independent for Obama

    April 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. s.b.

    Well those tapes of his Pastor of 20 years blaming the US for 9/11 wont help any Obama ticket in NY.

    I have been saying for three weeks, Obama can't win NY. Not after he supported a church that spread that message with his money.

    Clinton would do better without him in NY.

    April 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Dave, Buffalo NY

    Condoleeza Rice can run circles around any of us posting here. There are a lot of Democrats who would make fine VP's or Presidents, as well (remember, VP's are second in line of succession) but Clinton and Obama aren't two of them, in my opinion; Senators Dodd and Biden and even Al Gore would have been very good choices this year. She could get a job that paid better with a lot less stress in the private sector, so I can't imagine why she would be interested in being the VP nominee, but under a different President, perhaps a VP who was there as the Iraq war deepened could be one of the better choices to help us withdraw more into the background.

    April 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. pointless

    "Also Scared of Obama Supporters" You must be a strong supporter of the Republican party because your statement is very STUPID, to say the least. The war hero is old as hell and he doesnt even make sure that his facts are correct before he speaks in public. So Mr. Scared of Obama Supporters sounds like you should be scared of yourself and the party that has your vote.

    April 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Dan1967

    This poll is within the margin of error, and I don't think McCain and Rice would win New York. These polls don't take in to account the record setting voter turnout that the Democrats will have in November. But if this poll is accurate, then the people in our country are really as stupid as I think they are. Why are the people in our country so dumb? A Secretary of State is supposed to be an independant thinker. Rice was just a Bush crony who cozied up to him and agreed with everything that he said. She never has an opinion of her own on anything other then to agree with Bush. McCain and Rice would be the equivalent of Bush and Cheney.

    VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA AND LETS GET A DEMOCRAT WIN IN NOVEMBER!

    April 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Tim

    I am an independent totally disgusted with the Bush administration. That being said, I have actually been leaning towards McCain over either Clinton or Obama because I believe him to be more centrist than either of the Democratic candidates. BUT, if he were to pick Rice as his running mate, I'd vote for ANY Democratic ticket over McCain-Rice. Rice is a toady; she's a highly-educated toady, but a toady nonetheless. There's no way in Hades McCain will choose her as his running mate.

    April 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Cold Water

    A McCain-Rice ticket would carry the national vote because, at the end of the day, Americans are going to be risk-averse in picking a president. McCain and Rice both have experience that Obama and Clinton lack. Rice is also, like Obama, highly intelligent and eloquent. For all these people that say Rice hasn't accomplished anything, I wonder if they notice that North Korea's nuclear reactors aren't running anymore. I wonder if they notice that our diplomats have secured the backing of France and Germany in dealing with Iran. Opponents of the Bush White House also don't give her enough credit for making sure Cheney and Rumsfeld didn't always get their way. But all of this is incidental - the important point is that the Democrats are going to make the same mistakes they have in the past. They will lose this election as long as they insist on raising taxes and pulling out of Iraq precipitously. Like it or not, Americans will prefer stability over change.

    April 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Sure

    I think this would be a great ticket!

    April 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Misty

    you have to be kidding me! Condi Rice– Was'nt she shopping for shoes while New Orleans was drowning! and McCain thinks things are going well in Iraq-

    Ah! we have started voting for Incompetence.

    Is anybody listening

    April 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. eric

    HAHAHA!!! What a joke. Has Rice accomplished ANYTHING in the last 8 years? I think she's been hiding under some rock for the last 3. I want a Dem in the White House like a dog wants a bone, but mark my words, if Hillary is the nom, she will lose to McCain. No doubt about it. I got my money on Obama! ;-)

    April 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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