Condi Rice speculation stokes conservative reaction
July 13th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Condi Rice speculation stokes conservative reaction

(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice has indicated she is firm in her opposition to joining Mitt Romney's ticket as vice president but that hasn't stopped the speculation that she might be the one.

Late Thursday, conservative blog Drudge laid out who they think Romney will pick in clear form with the headline "Romney Narrows VP Choices; Condi as Frontrunner."

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"And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!" wrote Drudge saying sources reveal that the former secretary of state is at the top of GOP candidate's list.

Erick Erickson, CNN contributor and editor of the right-leaning blog, Red State, disagreed.

"Condoleezza Rice is pro-abortion," Erickson wrote. "She worked for George Bush for eight years."

Beyond the political differences, Erickson sees the rumors as a way to change the subject from Romney's time at Bain Capital to a focus on the presumptive nominee's vice presidential pick as the weeks wind down to the Republican National Convention.

But Mitt Romney promised conservative supporters that his chosen running mate would be anti-abortion at the Palmetto Freedom Forum last year.

Asked if his vice presidential pick will share his values concerning abortion, Romney responded:

"I certainly imagine so, I haven't made and selections in that regard [as I look around at the people I would consider] I would expect that they would all be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage but this is an important enough issue that the person that I would select in that position would share my views on those important issues."

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, echoed the concerns of many anti-abortion Romney supporters in a statement issued Friday about a possible Rice pick.

"Former Secretary Rice's position on the sanctity of human life makes her an unqualified candidate for Governor Romney to choose as a running mate," said Dannenfelser in a statement, pointing to Romney's pledge to choose a running mate who's against abortion. "We have taken Governor Romney at his word and therefore believe Secretary Rice will be ruled out of consideration. Secretary Rice's position violates criteria that Governor Romney himself has laid out."

Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told CNN's Dana Bash that Rice’s stance on abortion is the “only con, but it’s a disqualifying con” adding “I love Condoleezza Rice. I’d love to see her in any role in a Romney Administration except vice president or attorney general.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed saying Governor Romney “needs someone quite frankly across the board on the social issues that will undergird his stated positions, and I just don't think Condoleezza Rice meets that criteria.”

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and GOP 2008 running mate to John McCain, expressed her approval for the possible pick in an interview with Fox News Thursday night, saying Rice would be "wonderful" as vice president.

Of Rice's opposing stance on abortion, Palin said that while she would like an anti-abortion candidate, ultimately, those legislative responsibilities fall on congress.

Conservative Katarina Trinko wrote in the National Review Online that a Rice pick would come as a "surprise" considering Rice's tenure as a Bush cabinet member as well as her stance on abortion.

The Romney team has yet to respond to Drudge's report and continues to tease supporters with a new fundraising campaign titled "Meet Mitt's VP."


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Samuel

    Why don't these conservatives voice their true issue with her, her skin color.

    I am a left leaning moderate and Rice is the only person Romney could chose as a VP that makes me think Obama may not win. I don't agree with her on much but she is articulate and intelligent.

    July 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Romney bows out, Santorum/Paul 2012

    July 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "But Mitt Romney promised conservative supporters that his chosen running mate would be anti-abortion at the Palmetto Freedom Forum last year."

    And before that, he said HE was pro-choice.

    It doesn't matter what Mittens says or has said anymore. He ruined that for himself. The only thing left is to look at what he is doing and has done....such as WHAT HE DOES ON HIS TAXES.

    July 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Expat American

    Romney is intent on bringing back as many members of the Bush Administration as he can because he can’t win nor would he be able to govern on his own merits or policies. Romney has none. Educated voters of any party affiliation will realize that this is a bad idea.

    July 13, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Romney teases VP selection .

    Whats the point spread ?

    1, Condoleezza Rice " We made the mess , let us clean up after Obama did the work " .
    2. Rick Perry " You can't succeed if you don't have the Greed ".
    3. Rob Portman " Like white on Rice".

    July 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. 4pease

    Condi Rice failed miserably under Bush, asleep at the wheel despite all the evidence that our country might be attacked. She was then a coward who allowed Cheney and others to wage war on Iraq, despite the lack of evidence, and did not leverage her position as Secretary of State to change course. She is weak and not fit to hold high office.

    July 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Jmaz

    While I don't agree with Rice's stance on baby-killing, I think the next four years should be about JOBS JOBS JOBS and ECONOMY ECONOMY ECONOMY. Rice is an EXTREMELY intelligent person and very well qualified to be VP (unlike Bumblin' Biden, the everyman with a mansion. Obama – in the last few months – has come out in force with his anti-American values platform to buy votes from the gays, the racist hatemongers who support criminality/illegal immigration AND the baby-killing crowd – pandering all of it. Time to drop the hot-button "social" issues and get America back working adn back making money.

    July 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night conservative spread the news to distract Bain updates
    The fact is they never give Vp ticket to African American

    July 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    If he calls,say your not there and leave a message .who wants to be on a losing ticket ,maybe the biggest of all time !!!!

    July 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. kayla

    the repugs just want attention away from the tax evader.

    July 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Mr Dalloway

    Let's please try to keep anymore vermin from getting into the (Americas House) White House, thank you.

    July 13, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "....she is firm in her opposition to joining Mitt Romney's ticket as vice president but that hasn't stopped the speculation that she might be the one. "
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    Of course it won't stop them. They're conservatives. Stubborness is what defines them. Facts do not conform to their reality.

    July 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Core republican Values

    She supports a woman's right to chose. This has no place in the republican party.

    July 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Just like Bush right wingnuts, Ghaddafy adored Condi too.

    July 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Condi Rice has ONE big problem if she were to join a Mitt Romney ticket and that is she just doesn't "hate" President Obama enough to get the far right base behind her. In fact I recall when Obama was elected her saying she was proud of him being the first African-American POTUS. PROUD??? You think that's going to fly with the right wing hate Obama bunch? I don't think so. If he wants an AA on his side they would like he needs a nutjob like Allen West or even Herman Cain. They would love that type but Condi Rice or someone like Colin Powell? NO!

    July 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    pro-choice, non-xenophobe hack of the Duh Duh Duh-bya regime. There is no way the thumpers and nationalists would let her join in......NEXT......

    July 13, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. California

    Rice or Biden. Obviously anyone with a brain would take Rice over Biden the Buffoon.

    July 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am not sure that Palin's endorsement is something that I would really want. She has been a questionable character from day 1 as far as I am concerned. Rice is clearly a smart woman, but her focus and frame of reference has been the cold war which has ended.

    July 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Heee, heee, heeee, good, choose this black lady, why not Sarah Palin daughter???

    July 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. MaryM

    Condi already said NO way Jose

    July 13, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. MaryM

    There is a new W in town, and his name is Willard

    July 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. grahame rhodes

    Nobody listened to Rice when she was with the Bush administration, because she was the token black person and a woman. As Vice-President no one will take her seriously now either and for the same reasons.

    July 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Expat American

    This would be a good way for some Republican voters to finally back up their ‘but I have black friends’ argument. If they are not voting for Romney but against President Obama; now that Romney has picked Rice as his running mate these same folks can say at last “Romney and the GOP will screw me because even though I’m White, I’m still poor, however no one can call me a racist anymore….”

    July 13, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Jamaal C.

    Romney aint worth being in office, neither is Rice. Obama is trying to get us out of the bs the republicans got us in anyway so he has my vote 100 %.

    July 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Debby

    Well people don't take Biden seriously either and he is white. lol Rice is a good choice but doubt she will take the job and she favors pro abortion.

    July 13, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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