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. Kaci

    Bush lite! All the electorate needs to be reminded of is that she was buying designer shoes while AMERICANS were dying during Katrina. Not someone I would want in the white house. They all need to be swept out with one big broom.

    April 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. the general

    i think miss rice would be great as a vice president.. who else knows foreign affairs more than herself.

    April 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Janet

    They get my vote.

    April 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Nick, TX

    No way that would ever happen. It was because they put Hillay Clinton and Barack Obama on the same ticket while their race is still going on. Not only is it not a real poll (as soon as the Democrats have a nominee every pollster knows they will get a bounce in polls against McCain) but both Obama and Clinton could beat that ticket if they were running with other people.

    April 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Paul

    They would have my vote. She would make a great VP.

    April 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Tom

    I think McCain knows this would actually be a horrible ticket. He would be hitching his wagon even more to Bush's utterly failed policies. Rice has been carrying Bush's water for eight years, and I believe the last thing McCain would want is to have that baggage walking around his campaign. It may look good to some right now, but that's a superficial analysis. The Democrats would eat that ticket alive. It would basically be a war ticket, a tax breaks for the rich ticket, a destroy the environment ticket. That's pretty much what McCain would do anyway, but this would just make a big billboard of it and make the failed war policies a continuous issue. You want it, Republicans! Go right ahead!

    April 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. jl


    I think about now, anyone would beat a ticket with Clinton on it- DUH!

    April 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. noemi in los angeles

    Noooooooo way, I live in one of the bluest of states and know the bluest of people and we would never vote for McCain-Rice. That's insane. I don't care if you're a war hero or have been in the White House for the last 8 years, that does not mean you are suitable to run this country. If there was a McCain-Rice ticket and neither Obama or Hillary were running, heck, I'd vote be willing to vote anybody as President, even for Gary Coleman as long as those worthless two are not in the White House. McCrazy-Rice is just plain wrong!

    Vote Democratic!

    April 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Ana in L.A.

    ^^^ I absolutely agree....

    April 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Keller

    I'm not in favor of putting someone in the v.p. seat just because they are of a certain gender or of a certain race. That is affirmitive action, which is wrong in so many ways. I will at least say that Rice has credentials, which is more than can be said about either Democratic candidate.

    April 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Lifelong Democrat

    Hillary Supporters join me in voting for McCain in November!!!

    We cant let the media choose the President...

    McCain is simply a better candidate than Obama.

    If we can get just 10% of Clinton Supporters (which is about 40% of the voting public) to vote for McCain or vote for someone else over Obama we can block him from winning in November.

    NOBAMA '08 !!!

    April 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. cheersdk

    NY will not go Republican, those new yokahs are fooling the pollsters so that McCain picks Rice, a sure loosing ticket. Rice's management skills and performance suggest she stay in academia or at best perhaps a token spot for sec. of education. She was lucky to get sec. of state at a time when the country needed a Middle-East expert first, Latin-America, Africa or even Europe expert second, not necessarily a Russia expert.

    April 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. DNC sucks

    I've traditionally been a moderate democrat, but this, I may consider if Hillary doesn't make it.

    April 9, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Rob

    Wasn't the last congress America's so called vote for change? Last time I remember seeing it, this congress has a lower public approval rating than even Bush does. Thats not change, thats status quo...

    That was good try with the we need change card there Democrat's No wonder you guys can't win the white house in the last 8 years.

    Republicans? Just as bad, lesser of the two evils if thats possible to say. Seeing how this current election is going, I want to vote for a clean sweep do over. Everybody out of office, all new people how hopefully aren't as corrupt.

    April 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Fran

    Who are you people polling?? All I can say is..................and this means what? A Bush white house is no more, no matter who McCain picks.

    April 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Tim

    Are you kidding? This poll couldnt possibly be right. Rice is a BUSH CRONY. She's a worse liar than Hillary. Not a chance in hell she helps him get support in NY. He probably gets the same numbers in NY without her and even that is merely a result of the Democrat infighting, which will end once of them is the nominee.

    April 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. John

    The media likes to kill Hillary because she is a LIAR, not because she is a woman.

    April 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Cheryl Fontaine

    Gee, we were always taught that two wrongs did not make a right...no pun intended.

    Two losers do not make a winner. Who ran this poll anyway, their spouses?

    April 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. E. C., Houston, Texas

    YES, without a doubt, it would Win Big.

    April 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. DA

    Okay April fool was last week. Is somebody trying to play a joke on the Republicans?

    I ask you, who in their right mind would vote for another four years of the Bush policies?

    April 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Bob Stephens

    I can't believe that after George Bush, that there are enough stupid people in this country to elect another whacko for president.......

    April 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. tell the truth

    Also Scared of Obama supporters. What are you talking about? Stop Crying Obama is winning and will beat McCain also. Look at the facts. People will turn against McCain because he has did nothing for America regarding issues like the encomy,health care,etc. Yes he is a war hero but that will not make him a great president. Sexism is not fine in this country but yes we do have it. I will tell the truth unlike somepoeple. The media does not have anything against Hilliary. She is the one that is misspeaking(lol). Please stop and read and do research. I did and will vote for Obama

    April 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. HD

    Go ahead and do it McCain. If it is McCain-Rice, then we are really looking at the third term for George W Bush's legacy, which most people do not want.

    Rice in the White House will be a continuation of the same horrible policites that she has helped carry out over the past few years. That is the main problem with this ticket.

    To the poster..."also scared of obama supporters".....you are obviously a woman....but people don't want Hillary because of the secretive scandals the Clintons have been involved in and they are ready for a change. There has been a Bush or Clinton in the White House as Pres or VP since 1980! 28 years!!! That is why people prefer Obama over Hillary......it is time for change and people don't trust the Clintons as much after being lied to by Bill.

    April 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. AnneinPA

    I like it and as a democrat I'd vote for that ticket if Obama was
    the dem's nominee. He certainly wouldn't have woman on his ticket.

    April 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. GP Geneseo Il

    You've got to be kidding!!!!!!!!! She didn't even do her job as Sec. of State...all she did was spend money and travel...take a photo, shake hands and leave.......

    April 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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