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. Jake, California

    An Obama-somebody-other-Hillary ticke would be the McCain-Rice combo..

    Hillary's the bad apple, we've got to plug it out!

    April 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Jake, California

    An Obama-somebody-other-Hillary ticke would be the McCain-Rice combo..

    Hillary's the bad apple, we've got to plug it out! Ther is no doubt about this.

    April 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Michael, Canada

    Why is a reputable news organization like CNN speculating on hypotheticals? I tune in to watch the news not watch some meaningless conversation about a possible future? Stick to the news please.

    April 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Josie

    That's the ticket!

    April 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Justin

    The democrats are finished. Thank you Mr. Obama for ruining the party. We need experience and strength, not rock star.

    April 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. bessie

    Hillary would have won the primary by now if the media wasn't so bias against her. We're living in such a sexist society. I think we're still intimidated by a powerful woman figure and far from ready for a woman president.

    April 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. ED

    They also could lose largely as would be known McBush and Cheney @ if not worse then Bush Cheney 1. Please run!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Washington, DC

    I supported the Clintons for eight years. When I made my decision to support Barack Obama it wasn't lightly. His healthcare plan is one of the reasons I am voting for him. As a woman I feel really offended when I read comments about how the media is unfair to Hillary because she is a woman. People do not like Hillary because she is a woman. People, may not like her because of her policies (remember she is extremely liberal - universal healthcare mandate - and has only come to the middle to try and get more votes) foremost, but her character, leadership ability, morals and inauthenticity are surely more plausible reasons to not like her. It is hard to like people who lie so easily. It is hard to trust people who make a sport out of "politics" and it is hard to be fair to people who have a long standing record of valuing loyalty over all else. Do not slam the media, and use the gender card to do it. Take a good long hard look at the quality of character of the person that is disliked and try and understand that people are just really sick and tired of "The Clintons" and are ready for a new type of Democratic leadership. An honest leadership.

    April 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. luggar

    I think the McCain-Rice ticket would probably be the best thing this country has seen since Reagan.McCain has the military experience and C.Rice has the intelligence ,A powerhouse for sure..As an unhappy dem. We would vote for them

    April 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. The Dudester

    She can't even run the State Department and has screwed up as National Security Adviser. Of course, this would be vindication of the Peter Principle.

    So, New York would go bonkers and vote for a GOP ticket with a WAR CRIMINAL on the ticket? Of course when she went outside the country being the Vice-President would give her diplomatic immunity. So, you are reporting that New York would vote for a person who lied under oath to the 9/11 Commission. Wow! Is this an April Fool joke?

    Concerning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, she is the highest ranking elected Democratic official in Congress so her voice has added weight over any other Democratic politician.

    I can only see Senator Clinton's being on the ticket as a Vice-Presidential candidate. Her conduct with Health care Insurance in 1993 was a disaster much like Wilson with the League of Nations, but worst. She voted for legislation enabling Bush to take this country to war without reading it. What kind of judgment is that? She has lectured the other candidates about her judgment inspite of this, then voted for the Iranian resolution. There is a pattern here.

    She better learn to compete and present her strengths and shore up her weaknesses if she wants to win, because complaining and dishing out guilt turns me off. Again her judgment is deeply flawed. Her sniper stories are way past getting the facts wrong. This goes to character and integrity. The best female Democratic politician did not run. Speaker Pelosi beats Senators Clinton and Obama hands down on experience, pragmatism, leadership, judgment, integrity, and the proven ability to work across the aisle.

    April 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Suziku

    I absolutely cannot believe this poll. With both of these people being so closely tied to gw bush, with the bush war continuing on endlessly, the lies that condoleeza rice told to the congress, with the horrible path this country has been taken down in the last 8 years, with the record number of Democrats registered to vote, with Republicans crossing over to the Democratic side as well as Independents, it seems highly "UNlikely" that this ticket would be a winner! Who are these people polling? Maybe the same people who voted for bush twice?! Maybe the same 30% that blindly still think he's doing a good job (brownie)?!

    April 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Yeah, we're going to swallow McBush and Bush's Iraq apologist for 4 years. Don't think so.

    April 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Price Lister

    How about Joe Leiberman? He has endorsed McCain. Republican and a moderate Democrat. How could that lose?

    April 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Ben

    Horrible ticket.

    April 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Morgan

    That is the stupidest thing I've heard in a long, long time. There is no serious poll anywhere that shows that McCain-Rice could beat any democrat in NY, or anywhere else for that matter. Rice is a complete incompetent with absolutely no appeal to anyone besides George Bush.

    How is she going to explain her failures, 9-11, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Russia, which was supposed to be her strength,..... has she done anything even remotely interpretable as successful?

    She is an arrogant idiot much too stupid to respond to changing situations. When reality conflicts with her neat little axiomatic dream world she consistently refuses to accept reality.

    April 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. blinky

    i look forward to seeing mccain in a debate. he's intelligent, articulate, experienced, respected on both sides of the aisle. it would be a good match against obama, who is also articulate and intelligent. but obama is still cruising on venom (not his venom, that of the people who plan to vote for him). he'll run dry soon, and then dems may find themselves wishing hillary had won. the only difference between bush 00 and obama 08 is GPA, and the fact that bush won.

    April 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Dan Carter

    Rice as VP is about the only chance for the Republicans to win the upcoming election.

    The Dems have a woman and a mulatto fighting each other for their party's nomination. Either as a candidate for President will present a truly historic scenario.

    For the GOP to have an African-American woman on the ticket... that would be an unstoppable force. Sorry, Bill Clinton, you're wrong again.

    April 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Tommy in St. Louis

    McCain is going to catch a lot of flak as it is for being the same as Bush and continuing the same failed policies. So why would he confirm that in everybody's eyes by choosing somebody right out of the Bush Administration as his running mate?

    April 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Mark Battle

    God help us all.

    April 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Rainman

    That poll is all about initial name recognition and little else. There's little evidence Rice would be good candidate, and she'd enter the general election carrying all of the negative baggage from her eight years in the Bush administration. Some of the criticism would be overblown, but she'd be a representative of a very unpopular administration. The Democrats would not let that connection go unnoticed.

    April 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Black Man for Hillary

    She won't take the offer. She's already seen what the media does to a woman running for office. There is an interesting video on that "video" web site everyone should watch just once. It might disturb you as much as the Reverend Wright comments.

    April 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. the general

    I really hope Rice does run with Maccain I think it would be great as a country and a whole there would no better person to fill that spot.
    she has all the experience in foreign affairs that we need.

    April 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Awuh Wilson, Bryant AR

    McCain has a shot at the november election. There are great chances that he might win if the Howard Dean misfunction Democratic party don't get their act together the sooner.
    Meanwhile, including Condi Rice in his ticket is tantamount to failure. Rice comes with all the stigma of Gearge Bush II and nightmares of a possible Geaorge Bush III term. Nope, that ticket is a looser.

    April 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Jack

    Condoleezza Rice on the Republican ticket would be GREAT....... for Democrats!! (for obvious reasons) LOL

    April 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Tell It Like It Is

    I'll probably vote for McCain; but Rice on the ticket would make me reconsider.

    CNN CAN you get some topics on this ticker worth debating? Or are you too concerned your Obama might not fair so well?
    CNN, NBC and MSNBC your man will have this nation pumping
    $8/ gal. gas, paying ever increasing tax rates, collapsing under economic and foreign relations disaster.

    Bush/Cheney set the stage and the fools on hill just keep watching the world go round

    April 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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