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GOP Ticket Needs a Woman: Which One?

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Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

For two reasons, Republicans must select a female nominee for Vice President. First, because a woman can play the attack-dog role against Hillary without backlash about sexism and, second, because the GOP must win a decisive majority of white females for any chance of victory. But which female leaders to consider? Kelly Ayotte is youthful and charismatic, but is busy this year defending her crucial Senate seat in New Hampshire. Governor Nikki Haley is also dynamic, but deeply controversial at home in South Carolina. Carly Fiorina has gathered some momentum running for president but her mixed record as a corporate CEO offers Democrats a juicy target. Susana Martinez, popular governor of New Mexico, has strong blue-collar appeal but if the presidential nominee is also Hispanic โ€“ Rubio or Cruz โ€“ her nomination becomes problematic. This leaves one obvious, overwhelmingly favorable choice: former Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice. No other possibility, female or male, offers comparable advantages.

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  1. Diane Joy Baker  •  Jun 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    It would be lovely to have as intelligent a woman as Condalezza Rice running as VP or even as President. She would surely make mincemeat out of Hillary, but as long as she decides she’s not running, it remains only a fantasy.

    Considering what the media did to Sarah Palin, certainly as intelligent a woman as any, I wonder if such a candidate could survive. Gender politics caused McCain to choose an inexperienced woman. The media treatment of an intelligent conservative woman may be one reason we have only a single female candidate. (After all, the narrative has it that women with intelligence can only be liberal.)

    We have to find a way to get beyond identity politics in whatever shape or form. I wish we had so many Republican women running for lower offices, and for President that it would no longer matter about one’s sex. If ten men and ten women could fill twenty slots for VP and P nominations, we’d have fewer problems, but we need women with the same depth of political experience as men.

    • Jason reeves  •  Jun 12, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      I don’t believe you need a woman vp choice. Condi rice is smart but not as a vp. Walker/Rubio I’m okay with. Condi can run for the ca senate seat. I promise you Michael that the media will vilify her worse than they did Sarah palin and people will believe it. They will use the slogan “no going back to the bush years.

    • Macq  •  Jun 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      THe GOP VP nominee doesn’t get to debate Hillary, so can’t really make mincemeat out of her.
      I agree with you about gender/identity politics.
      It would be seen as lame. Because it would be.

      • brock matthews  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

        The debates are not where you need an attack dog but during the campaign. Fiorina seems to fit that mold perfectly Rice not so much. Rice would outperform any VP candidate the Dem’s choose in the debates but attacking is not her style.

        If Rubio is not the candidate Martinez would be a good choice.

  2. Macq  •  Jun 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    A token woman on the ticket will be seen as exactly that: a token.
    And democrats will say “see you put your woman second…”

    Put the best person available on the ticket. I’d say whoever comes in second in the primaries. No tokens. No appeasement to tea’s or other factions either. That hasn’t worked out well for us in 08 or 2012.

  3. califmom  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Why limit the GOP to a woman as the VP? Why not a woman as the nominee? Careful, your paternalism is showing. Put Carly head-to-head with Hillary and see who comes out on top. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised.

  4. edge  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    What the GOP needs are REAL DEBATES and not Jerry Springer shows!
    This is free advertising and it should be used 100% to advance ideas.
    As a matter of fact they should be moderated by Republican Journalists, none of the Candy Crowley crowd need apply.
    If a candidate makes a personal attack during a debate their microphone should be shut off until it is that persons next question.
    If that candidate does it a second time during the debate the microphone gets shut off for the duration of that debate.
    If that candidate does it in subsequent debates they are out of the debates!

    They have their own money to place attack ads and this is too valuable to waste.

    If the GOP can’t win with ideas then we get Hillary ( if she is not in jail ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

  5. Ian  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Macq is correct, but Hillary team will put up a token Hispanic, J. C ASTRO as her veep candidate

  6. Ted  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Lincoln once said of Grant, I like him he fights. I don’t see that in Rice and she is too closely tied to Bush 43. This Fiorina. She fights.

  7. Nancy Strom  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    From the minute I finished “Ordinary, Extraordinary People” I have been adamant that Rice was the perfect VP candidate!! With her as our VP candidate we would benefit from her fantastic foreign affairs AND financial experience but would not have the drawback of the “has never been elected to office” issue. She’s perfect!!! – so how can we help make this happen?

  8. Sean Flynn  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Assuming Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination (almost a given at this point), the GOP picking a female as either a presidential or vice presidential candidate would seem token-ish, as Macq states.

    It would be like the Republicans hurrying to pick a black candidate to counter Obama in 2008, or a Jewish candidate to counter Gore/Lieberman in 2000 or a Catholic candidate to counter John Kennedy in 1960.

    It would be a gimmick, and it would fail miserably.

    Carly Fiorina is a feisty candidate, to be sure, but it’s doubtful she could win the nomination, much less the general election.

    Condi Rice would never get asked anything other than questions about the Iraq War (which would also be used by her GOP rivals to hit her with). She’s an academic and much too tainted by the Iraq War. As for her winning a senate seat in California? Gimme a break. No chance. Texas? Maybe.

    Sarah Palin. Sigh. A moron who was her own worst enemy in 2008 and ever since. Absolutely terrified (correctly so) to ever face the media again, lest she once more reveal to the world that she is a dim-witted, barely-literate spewer of one-liners incapable of delivering a grammatically correct thought. McCain’s Folly.

    How about the Republicans simply voting and electing the person (regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, race, etc) whom best wins over a majority of primary season voters?

    In other words, no gimmicks.

    • OSHA  •  Jul 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Your lies and insults about Mrs. Palin show us that you are nothing more than a paid hack for the Socialist… er… Democratic party. Please go away.

  9. Bryan  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Carly Fiorina is a good debater and clearly outlines how put us back on the right track. However, as Michael states, she is under a cloud regarding her acquisition of Compaq while she was CEO of H-P. Many members of the board of directors didn’t agree with that choice. The democrats would have a field day questioning Fiorina’s decision-making capabilities then and ones she may face in high office.

    Condaleeza Rice is a great choice for reasons Michael outlines. She served in two very important posts in the Bush administration and she is an articulate speaker. The question is whether she would accept the nomination.

  10. Patti Hines  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Carly Fiorina…so far fantastic! Or are we going to demand absolute perfection & sink ourselves again? ive yet to hear the details of her HP days to my satisfaction but I do know this; she will eat Hillarys breakfast, lunch & dinner at every opportunity & she knows how to do it without getting personal & she does it with great skill which appeals to females on both sides. No male can go after Hillary like Fiorina can. She’s also capable of handling the media which Palin failed at terribly.

  11. Suretylink  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t think that the GOP needs to play race (or uterine) politics. This said, both Susanna Martinez and Nikki Haley would be good candidates on their own merit.

    From a demographic and style standpoint, Martinez is better and would be as great with Rubio as she would with any other candidate. Who says a American of Cuban heritage can’t win with an American of Mexican heritage.

    I’m disappointed to see Mike Medved write it and double dog dare the Dems to argue it, if it comes to pass.

  12. Nickname  •  Jun 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I like Condoleeza Rice but are sure you are not picking her because she is Negro? I am highly suspicious Mr. Medved.

  13. Nancy Maxwell  •  Jun 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    According to my contacts in ths Ohio Republican Party,Condi was asked by Mitt Romney.At the time, I was told that she had worked very hard a Sec.of state,didn’t want to go back to long arduous days&she doesn’t really like politics.She woukd like to be Commissioner of baseball or football sccding to sources,can’t recall which.

  14. Betsy Arehart  •  Jun 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    It’s really sad that we’ve got to the point where we feel we must pick VP candidates on the basis of their gender or ethnicity. We’re just kowtowing to the Democrat’s way of thinking. I think the idea of (both parties) picking their presidential runner up for VP is a good idea. (Of course, will the Democrats have anyone but Hillary running–?)

    I’m also sad that a putative conservative can call Sarah Palin a “moron.” Apparently he believes what the media jackals promulgated about her. Conservatives, please don’t stoop to their tactics in denigrating our own people!

  15. Joshua Normand  •  Jun 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Betsy, while there is good in Sarah Palin, I don’t think that she is a serious person or candidate. She did not serve her full term of office as governor. Had she fought the accusations of ethical wrongdoing, she would be considered to be a true leader of the Conservatives or GOP. Instead, she and her family left when the heat got a little too much and the rest of the family cashed in on their fame from 2008. How else would her daughter have made it on Dancing with the stars? Her husband Todd had some other reality show?

    Scott Walker fought back against the unions in BLUE Wisconsin and a recall effort and WON! That’s who we need!!! Mrs. Walker won’t be on DWTS or any other silly show.

  16. April Perry Bartlett  •  Jul 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I absolutely love Condi Rice but if she is not interested in a politic place it is a moot point. I think Carly would give Hillary a hard run for her money and as for any “imperfections” in her corporate past…well, Hillary has plenty of dark in hers too. I like the idea of a woman serving but not just playing cheap politics but because for too many years we women have not been served well by either side. We need a strong yet conservative woman who can clearly articulate her ideas. As for Prez or VP, let the BEST person win in the run-off and most importantly–NO internal bashing. The candidates can agree to disagree on certain things but leave the attack tactics for the endgame when we are fighting against the socialist anti-God libs.

  17. jguy  •  Jul 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Rice is so obvious……why is there even a question?

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