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How Rice as Running Mate Could Power Victory

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Imagine Republicans running against Hillary with the slogan: “Not your grandmother’s GOP.” If they choose a young leader, Scott Walker or Marco Rubio for president, and Condaleezza Rice for Vice President, that slogan emphasizes that tired charges of Republican racism no longer work. It also emphasizes the GOP youthfulness advantage: the grandmother in the race is Hillary. And Dr. Rice as VEEP candidate invites a direct contrast between two female secretaries of state. Rice ran State when the bold Iraq surge turned around a failing war, while Hillary presided over the ill-considered withdrawal that spawned ISIS. No personal story captures the American dream better than Dr. Rice’s: in the segregated South, she was childhood friends with victims of the Birmingham Church bombing. She’s not only a brilliant scholar, but a world-class ice skater and classical pianist –as well as a die-hard pro-football fanatic. Her presence could help power the Republican ticket to sweeping victory.

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  1. Bronco46  •  Jun 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I hope she changes her mind. And would consider either her own run. Or to make herself available as a running mate for the 2016 conservative nominee.

    • Jeff  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

      If asked she may take the veep position, but I doubt very much she will actively seek being Vice President of the United States. No doubt, she will be in the next cabinet as may Chief of Staff, or Secretary of State again.

  2. Bronco46  •  Jun 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Wouldn’t we all like to see Ms. Rice disassembling Hillary Clinton positions and her V.P. running mate. God that would be great to see. Rice is to intelligent. Such a good speaker. And would be a great addition to a Rubio, or even Walker campaign.

  3. Terry  •  Jun 14, 2015 at 7:05 am

    As an African-American–and Alabama native–I too would like to see Dr.Rice throw her hat in the ring for vice president.
    I She is an admirable woman–extremely intelligent and accomplished– and would indeed power victory for the Republicans.
    Sadly–though I hope that im wrong–I don’t believe she will get any of the black vote as many blacks have not opened their minds to conservatism and their messengers, especially black ones like Dr.Rice.However, this is one black man who will vote for whatever ticket she decides to get on.

  4. JGUY  •  Jun 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    She is such an Obvious choice now and in 2012 that any candidate who doesn’t
    see this have to be brain dead. Republicans were massively wrong to
    run two white males last time and to do it again would be doubling down on

  5. Virginia M. Collins  •  Jun 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I admire Ms. Rice, but do not think she is the right woman as a VP choice. With her on the ticket, there would be too much focus on her role in the Bush administration and in the Iraq. war which now seems a mistake to most Americans. This would make it harder to nail Hillary on her disasterous time as Sec. Of State. Also, Ms. Rice is a classic example of how minority women can succeed as a Republican. She has been in an excellent position to defend Republicans and conservatives on this issue and she has remained silent when Republicans are charged with being “anti black -anti minority.” There are better Republican women who could fill the VP spot. Carly Fiorina is my first choice if she does not get the Republican party’s nomination for president, which is very unlikely.

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  7. Norm Noble  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I understand that Dr. Rice prefers not to run. That’s a personal preference. BUT, for the good of the country, she needs to run. That should be a mandate. She would be totally unlike any of the past VPs who truly did nothing, or very little. She would do much. I hope that she will put her country ahead of herself.

  8. Scott Keeler  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

    She is one of the most remarkable women of our time. I’d love to see more of Dr. Rice!

  9. David Stroud  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I wonder how long it will take for Americans to realize that gender, race, or any factor other than competence is what America needs desperately, having had 8 years of incompetence & narcissism to fail at every turn! But then many wanted the first black president who could have led had he had the competence & lack of narcissism being his guide rather than listening to his advisers, as every president has had to do, since no one person knows it all, Regardless of the insane way he has handled his job, it was his way or the highway. If people vote based on anything but competence these people who vote being too lazy to examine every candidate as to their way of thinking & capabilities are subjecting their futures & that of their families to years of possible hardship because they put the wrong factors first since they are too disinterested in considering the right reasons for choosing a good leader !!
    Far too many vote the same way they would go for a popular sports player, a movie star or some other impertinent factor!!!

  10. Sean Flynn  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Barrack Obama won in 2008 due George W Bush. And nothing reminds Americans more of George W Bush than Condi Rice. What next? Make Don Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney the campaign manager?

    Face it. Obama won two landslide elections, largely due to the GOP. FDR won tremendous electoral victories in the 1930s due in large part to the American people’s disgust with the GOP, seen at the time as prisoner to the interest of millionaires.

    The GOP will only win a national election when they can win states like New York, New Jersey, California, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, etc.

    The GOP used to be successful in presidential elections by appealing to 1) national security voters, 2) business-minded voters and 3) social (i.e. fundamentalist Christian) voters.

    All three are shrinking in popularity nationwide.

    John McCain’s 2008 and Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaigns would have been infinitely more successful in 1980 or 1984, but were staggering bad in the years they were run.

    The GOP doesn’t have a prayer to win in 2016. Just pack in it and concentrate on winning governships and congressional seats.

    • edge  •  Jun 24, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      McCain and Romney lost first because they were exceedingly poor campaigners and second because they chose running mates that were not up to the task of being the “attack dog”.

      Romney was at least even before the last debate but did not have the killer instinct to win…nice guys finish last!

  11. brock matthews  •  Jun 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Sherman was able to pull it off with the presidency but it’s hard to turn down such an honor. The thought of running for the VP of the United States and being a heartbeat away from being president is difficult to turn down.

  12. Ben Avery Ware  •  Jun 21, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Rice in the second Bush administration would have saved us much madness now. But at this point we should not be asking who the Republicans can win the presidency with but if they will maintain their majorities, and if that’s a even good thing. I would have gladly endured higher taxes, and endless diatribes over carbon credits, than a loss of sovereignty. While the purge continues this discussion is reduced to a parlor game. Who do you cheerlead for now?

  13. Aram Karibian  •  Jun 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    As much as I would like to see Sec. Rice on the ticket, I fear she would be consumed and her presence disruptive constantly having to defend her part in the decision to invade Iraq. Jeb had nothing to do with it and the war is still weighing him down.

  14. Mike Dross  •  Jun 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I truly hope that she is not on the ticket. The left had no trouble using her as a punching bag before, with late night comedy treatment reaching Palinesque levels, and no one seemed to take offense. She is pro-abortion, indelibly associated with George W and Iraq, distrusted by Millennials, and partially responsible for letting North Korea metastasize. She would make it hard for Rubio to run on “the future, not the past,” she would be a disaster for Jeb, for obvious reasons, and she would make it much harder to hold Hillary accountable for North Korea.

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