Despite the article by the conservative website the Drudge Report that offered the prospect of Condoleezza Rice joining the Romney ticket, analysts have doubts that the former secretary of state is the most suitable candidate to run for the vice presidential slot this election year. Meanwhile, Rice’s spokesperson also has confirmed that Rice continues to deny any interest in being Mitt Romney’s pick.
In an email, the spokesperson said that while Rice has no intention to comment on the Drudge Report, she still stands strong on her decision not to run for the VP slot. While Rice made it clear in a CBS interview last month that she is more interested in policy than politics, some analyst believe that Rice on Romney’s ticket could turn his victory into a disaster.
Military historian and a columnist for The Telegraph James Corum writes that “in eight years in Bush’s Cabinet, Rice played a central role in Bush’s foreign and military policy blunders.” He noted that from 2005 to 2009, the former secretary of state did not have a single major accomplishment to her credit. Instead, her era marked a “period of military decline” that continued to accelerate under Obama.
NY Daily News claims that two prominent Romney advisors have confirmed that Romney has no plans of keeping Rice on the list of the potential VP candidates, calling the rumors “all BS." “I’d be shocked if he did it,” one of them said. “She’s never run for anything, so you can’t know what kind of campaigner she’d be.”
While her close association with the Bush years and the fact that she is not a politician are going to play against her, there are some of her domestic positions that cannot be overlooked either. Rice is a strong advocate of abortion rights, giving her a completely different position than that of Romney’s, who in midlife turned against abortion rights and has stressed repeatedly that he will not take into considerations a pro-choice candidate for the VP slot.
What makes Rice even less likely a possible VP candidate is the fact that while she has endorsed Romney, she has never been spotted campaigning with the presumptive Republican nominee. Rice played a prominent role at Romney’s retreat last month and has given rousing speeches at other occasions, but she has so far avoided directly attacking the Obama administration unlike other potential vice presidential picks.
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