April 7th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Not seeing signals from Rice

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/07/condi.mccain/art.mccainrice.gi.jpg caption=" A leading GOP strategist says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may want to run with Sen. John McCain."]

(CNN) — John McCain said Sunday night he hasn't personally seen signals Condoleezza Rice is interested in running as vice president, following a report the Secretary of State is angling for the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket.

"I missed those signals," McCain told reporters on his campaign plane. "I think she’s a great American, I think there’s very little that I can say that isn’t anything but the utmost praise for a great American citizen, who served as a role model to so many millions of people in this country and around the world."

The Arizona senator's comments come after Dan Senor, a leading Republican strategist, suggested on ABC Sunday that Rice is mounting a behind-the-scenes campaign to be McCain's running mate.

"Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this," Senor, a former Bush administration official said. Senor cited Rice's recent appearance at the weekly meeting of Americans for Tax Reform — a leading organization of Republican insiders led by Grover Norquist — as evidence she is attempting to cozy up to the conservative elite.

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  1. Jody

    I am a Democrat, and a Hillary supporter, but would vote for a McCain/Rice ticket over Obama/Anyone any day.

    April 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Mei

    I simply don't understand the logic behind some of the Clinton backers in saying they'd vote for McCain if Hillary isn't the nominee. What a bunch of loyal Democrats they are...more like a bunch of whiny children that didn't get their way and have become spiteful. It's really sad...

    April 7, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Andy

    Anyone saying that they will vote for a McCain ticket if Hillary doesn't win is psychotic. Why are you voting for her in the first place?

    April 7, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Richard, FL

    If Condi Rice "has more intelligence and character in her right pinky than all the other candidates combined", then why would anyone vote for McCain? Here's a comparison of the education of the candidates:

    Barack Obama: Law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School
    Hillary Clinton: Law degree from Yale Law School
    John McCain: Graduated 894 out of 899 from U.S. Naval Academy

    Based on the analogy, Condi's right pinky fingernail might beat McCain.

    April 7, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Stephen

    It makes a good reading and probably a new dawn for US external relations as well as the realization of the real American Dream. For US to heal Darfur, Baghdad and other 'injured' areas, it must first 'heal' itself. The possibility of Condi Rice and Barack Obama going for the top slots – is a good development even just at the psychological level. One hopes that she will state her opinion and have her "signals" felt by either Obama or McCain!

    April 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. No McCain

    Hey McCain:

    1) choose the "best second man/woman" you can find in your party,
    2) prepare your campagne with all resources you have available
    3) Spend as much money as you want

    Obama will defeat you with everything you have in your arsenal.

    April 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Tony

    Two bodies and one brain,....hmm. Well it is said she can play the piano, but when thinking of the piano Jo Ann Castle comes to my mind. God bless you Jo Ann wherever you are.

    April 7, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Craig

    Hey, Michael in Los Angeles. The black community hates Condi. So that would take away the few black votes that he would get. If Obama was a republican he would not get many black votes.

    April 7, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    In a time of an unpopular war and administration, accompanied by low consumer confidence, Sen. John McCain has been unfairly characterized as a Bush Republican warmonger past his prime. Not surprisingly, Sen. McCain is being given little chance to win the presidential election in November. To his supporters, John McCain is not your typical politician. For many, he is a larger than life figure who has devoted his considerable energies in service to America. Someone who has consistently demonstrated moral courage in standing up for what he believes is right even in the face of harsh criticism from all sides. Whose honesty and candor are on display even when it leaves him more vulnerable to ridicule by his detractors. Who has overcome tremendous adversity only to emerge as a stronger person and statesman. And who has been willing to sacrifice everything – his freedom, political career, personal ambition, and reputation – for a cause greater than himself. In our current media-driven culture, where superficial appeal and self-aggrandizement dominate, genuine heroism can be obscured by lofty rhetoric. In the final analysis, it will be up to the American voters to cut through the illusion of make-believe and determine which is the candidate we trust to lead our country.

    April 7, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Joyce in Florida

    I wouldn't vote for McCain if my life depended on it. He is WRONG for this country!!!!!!!! We shouldn't really have to worry for I believe that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee so votes won't be wasted on this man. It really is sad that people would vote for him if Hillary isn't nominated. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up people; vote DEMOCRATIC!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Niko

    Do you really think Black people are going to go out and vote for McMain just because Condi joins his ticket? Here is a news flash for you. Black people, including myself, do vote base on issues, concerns, and FACTS not just race. Condi is a Bush supporter and majority(not all, because I am not going to sterotype) black people will vote Democratic. Although we respect Condi for her accomplishments as a Black Woman, majority do not support her political views. Besides she said she wasn't interested.....and frankly neither are we. If the McCain/Rice ticket came to fruition, it wouldn't guarantee and/or divide the black vote.

    April 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Jay

    I am a Hillary supporter, but I will vote for a McCain/Rice ticket.

    To Obama supporters: you are driving Hillary supporters away by posting your hate messages here. Obama the uniter? what a joke. His candidacy will go down in history as the great divider of the democratic party.

    April 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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