Condoleezza rice on Romney’s VP running mate: 'It’s not going to happen'
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Condoleezza rice on Romney’s VP running mate: 'It’s not going to happen'

Amalga : UT : USA | Jun 27, 2012 at 2:47 AM PDT
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has downplayed all speculations about her possible vice presidential bid this election season, saying there are many other candidates who are more willing to take the responsibility.

In an interview with CBS' “This Morning” on Tuesday, Rice said, “There is no way that I will do this” when asked whether she will say yes to the position of vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney if given a chance.

While Condoleezza Rice has never been considered as one of the top vice presidential choices for Mitt Romney, she did turn some heads after her speech in Utah. Several media appearances and the apparent fall of Florida Senator Marco Rubio pushed back the former secretary of state back into the limelight as a possible vice presidential candidate.

Her public remarks on foreign policy and the needs of American people, at Romney’s fundraiser this weekend, had left many wondering if she had changed her mind and was actually considering running for the Vice President, according to a report by Fox News.

However, her Tuesday's statement put an end to the speculations. "I'm saying there is no way I will do this, because it's really not me, I know my strengths. Gov. Romney needs to find someone who wants to run with him, there are many people who will do it very very well and I'll support the ticket," Rice said.

"I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elective office."

When pressed further by the show’s host, Charlie Rose, that she hadn’t technically said that she would not accept the offer, Rice said, "It's not going to happen — and no."

Many people also speculated that by running for the Vice President, Rice could bring Mitt Romney on equal grounds with President Obama in terms of the support from the African American community. She possesses foreign policy background and has remained high-profile cabinet member during the Bush era.

According to National Constitution Center, Marco Rubio had also gathered a lot of buzz over his presumptive vice presidential bid, but last week he chose to be with his family rather than at Romney’s fundraiser, killing all the speculation. Rubio also has a different point of view than Romney’s on immigration policy.

The process of choosing the vice presidential candidate remains a highly guarded secret in the Romney’s campaign, and the final name may not arrive until the mid of August.

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