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. JMS

    The Dems are gonna loose this next election because they have played two isms against each other. Racism and Feminism butting heads on the national stage pushes the dems appart. McCain/Rice would win hands down no contest. Then 4 years from now Rice would be the first Woman and the first African American to be President of the USA. Canada should build a wall to keep all the liberals out :)

    April 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Troy,Charlotte NC

    I am a democrat of 21 years, white, male, union, middle income, and if the choice is McCain/Rice or Obama/anybody the republicans will have a slam dunk. Good job republicans that is the way to win. I hope for the DNC that we have a Hillary/Edwards ticket and that would trump yours. Praying the voters and superdelegates pick a person who can win in the general election.

    April 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Jane L.

    You've got to be kidding.

    April 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Brian

    McCain/Rice 08!!! This would even sway my vote away from Hillary.
    I voted for BUSH in 04 and was planning on voting Hillary in 08, but with Rice on the Repub ticket... I'll go Republican!!

    April 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Willy

    It would be a great ticket! Democrats would never do this, they talk about it for votes only.

    April 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    yeah right. mccain will not win against either of the democratic canidates. obama in many states had twice as many vote as mccain in a single primary. from just looking at how in each states primary there were more democratic votes then republicans shows what will happen election day. and truly mean do not even like rice let alon mccain. were tired of anyone from the bush adminstraition

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    April 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Jasmyne

    BS!!!! There is no way a Republican will be in office come inauguration.

    April 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. After further review,Texas

    Polls are the sheep dogs for dumb people.If they bark at you long enough,the really stupid will believe in them.

    April 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. ShannonL

    Rice...I don't know...I think anyone in Bush's cabinet should be excluded from politics for life.

    I guess I would hold my nose and vote McCain/Rice.

    April 9, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. CJ

    Dr. Rice would be an excellent choice for VP, and an even better one for the Presidency. She has done an admirable job in every post she has held. Smart, intelligent, and true international experience. However, she shouldn't run until the Republican Party can get its act together, instead of running left.

    As for all of the posters remarking on her ineptitude, and ineffectiveness, I can only say this: If her amazing accomplishments and achievements constitute a life of failure, there are NO words that can fully capture how utterly USELESS your lives have been.

    April 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Neil

    Yes, Condoleezza Rice please be McCain's VP. We need a sure win in the White House for the Democrats. With you showing that McCain is for the McSame, the Democrats will have no problem winning the White House, especially of the clip of you saying the threats to America were very vague and how there was no way to know about the 9/11 attacks, after a memo titled, "Osama Bin Laden determined to attack the United States" was given to you.

    April 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Akinola

    This is reverse engineering! Mccain/Rice is a losing ticket anyday......democrats, lets push for it by saying it will be a winning ticket. I personally cant wait to see an Obama/Hagel ticket vs a Mccain/Rice ticket, its all psychology, i really want mccain to pick rice, they wil soooo lose!!

    April 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Drew D.

    Whut... sorry, whut?
    Exactly where did this marvelous bit of polling data come from. Is this one of those sophisticated “pulled from between the buttocks cheeks” polls ‘cause those have been proven to be highly suspect… seriously “a McCain-Rice ticket would beat a ticket that includes both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New York”.
    What’s next “Polling shows night is day and black is white?”.

    April 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Rich in oklahoma

    Rice did such a good job as national security adviser, ans sec of state, I think if she could get elected dog catcher it would be amazing.
    On the other hand Mccain voters may enjoy the incompetence of bot candidates

    April 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. MD

    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! The only way this ticket can win is if someone tampers with the voting machines. This is pie in the sky thinking. Condoleezza has been made in the image of her makers, Bush and Cheney.

    April 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Hitch

    I am for Obama. However, if Clinton steals the election from Obama a McCain/Rice ticket would win.

    April 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Fin, Norway

    This poll is utter nonsense! Did they poll people in Bizarro World or something?

    April 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. bbinsf

    This, obviously, ratttles the LIBS cages! I'd love to hear Condi debate Obama, but I'll have to settle for McCain handing Obama his Kwanzaa Kookie in the coming debates…

    April 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. unions are not stupid

    I would really like to know who they asked! I would encourage that ticket thought because I am a democrat it would be doomed to failure. It would also seem like a desperate attempt by the republicans to stop Obama's momentum that is sad republicans would never have allowed a women or black man to get anywhere near a presidential ticket until it came down to a black man and women on the democrat side then they start trying to make them selves look better and take the image of a old white man away from there ticket so sad.

    Go Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Steve

    Don t you get it folks the Republicans spell disaster for this country. They ve had their eight years and my friends its time to move on

    April 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. eric

    This story and the poll is a waste of time because there isn't going to be an Obama-Clinton ticket, the comparison is inherently flawed in that manner. Plus once the democratic convention is held allegiances will realign with the chosen candidate. CNN and the polling agency, stop wasting people's time.

    April 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. JD

    A McCain and Rice Ticket ?

    They didn't poll me. That's for sure.

    You can have my vote right now. No Way !!!

    Any connection on the ticket to 'W" is a non-starter for me.

    Keep looking, Senator. Please !!

    April 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Rachel

    As a Democrat, I would be happy to see Rice on the Republican ticket – because it furthers the point that a vote for McCain is a vote for a third term of Bush policies. Surely America is not stupid enough to want that?

    April 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. I used to be a Democrat

    Obama has no chance of winning no matter who McCain's VP is. But yeah, if the Republicans want to absolutely slaughter the Demoncrats, Rice would do it.

    April 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Dem in Chicago

    Since when 3% a "big win"? Besides it's not going to be Obama and Clinton on the same ticket, which is not the "dream ticket" the pundits say it is. It's going to be Obama and someone else, someone with a military background like Wesley Clark or Sen. Webb, and we'll win NY, CA and a wide swath of states in between. Keep underestimating the dems chance this Nov, at your peril. This is the democrats' year. Mark my words.

    April 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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