Poll: Of select potential veeps, Condoleezza Rice has highest favorability rating among Republicans

posted at 6:01 pm on April 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Of certain select potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney, Condoleezza Rice is by far the most popular among Republicans and it’s not even close, according to a CNN/ORC poll. Rice boasts an approval rating of 80 percent, leading Rick Santorum, whose favorability stands at 65 percent, by 15 points. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie follows with 55 percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan are one point apart at 44 percent and 43 percent respectively.

Furthermore, Rice pulled a plurality of support — or 26 percent — in answer to the explicit question, “Of the people I just mentioned, which one would you most like to see Mitt Romney choose as his vice presidential running mate … ?” The rest of the list corresponded with the favorability ratings, as well, with 21 percent saying they hope Romney will choose Santorum, 14 percent Christie, 14 percent Rubio and just 8 percent Ryan.

Among Tea Partiers, though, it’s a slightly different story. While 85 percent of Tea Partiers have a favorable opinion of her, she isn’t the Tea Party pick for VP. A plurality — 22 percent — picked Rubio, another 18 percent selected Christie and 16 percent selected Rice.

The “Results for Republicans Only” are based on a sample of just 473 Republicans and the margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The interviewers also asked Republicans for their opinions about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

Condi’s ticket-balancing credentials are obvious, she would more than hold her own in a debate, she’s been tested in the national spotlight and she has a kind of grace and gravitas that seemingly leave her unfazed by anything. She’s equally comfortable defending controversial foreign policy as she is playing classical piano for the queen. She’s certainly a compelling choice, and I can understand why she polled as well as she did.

Still, though, not even a full week of veepstakes has made me change my mind that Paul Ryan should still be Mitt Romney’s man. A recent column by Michael Barone articulates perfectly why he’s the unpredictable predictable (or the predictable unpredictable) choice:

Anyway, ticket-balancing is not the only successful approach, as Bill Clinton understood. When he clinched the Democratic nomination in 1992 as a Southern moderate, it was widely assumed he would pick a Northern liberal, as Jimmy Carter had.

Instead he chose a fellow Southern Baptist of his own generation with a reputation for moderation and congressional experience in national security issues, Al Gore. They were from adjoining Southern states and when the ticket was announced they met on the bridge between West Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

This unbalanced ticket won two elections, carrying six of 14 Southern states in both 1992 and 1996. Democratic nominees from Massachusetts, both with Southern running mates, carried none in 1988 and 2004.

A similar approach for Mitt Romney would be what opponents might call a double-vanilla ticket, with another white male as vice presidential nominee.

Four possibilities come to mind. One is Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who endorsed Romney and campaigned with him all over Wisconsin. Romney has praised Ryan’s budget proposals and has endorsed the fundamentals of Ryan’s Medicare plan.

If Romney were to select Ryan, it would embolden Republicans and stun Democrats, who have done their best to suggest that Ryan — and, indeed, his entire budget — will be a liability in the general election. In fact, it’s Democrats’ lack of a plan to ensure the solvency of Medicare — Democrats’ desire to let Medicare go bust — that’s a liability if Republicans only have the temerity and tenacity to point that out relentlessly.

As always, though, Romney has a very deep bench from which to select a vice president. As long as his VP helps to mobilize the anti-Obama vote — on which Romney will undoubtedly depend for election — he should be fine.


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I see it says “no comments” and all I can think is “no comment”.

Jaibones on April 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Mike Castle probably came in second.

Bishop on April 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

She should have never meddled in Israel’s attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon.

John the Libertarian on April 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Romney/Soros 2012!

Rice is a leftist on both abortion and immigration. Count me among the 20 percent that don’t approve.

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Is it a problem she voted for 0?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

No.

Dack Thrombosis on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

She’s also too wimpy toward the Paleosimians.
Pass.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

A fresher face is called for, I think.

Aronne on April 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Is it a problem she voted for 0?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Yes.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Yay, an Obama voter is the #1 pick VP pick….

*facepalm*

Norwegian on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

No.

JPeterman on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

CONDI !!!!!!!!!!!

YES YES YES—-
She is the ONLY Hillary anti-dote ! and Hillary is going to replace Biden- we all know it !- She cannot wait for 2020 if by chance Super Mitt gets 8 years

Romney/Condi 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

rice on the ticket is about as probable as newt on the ticket

gatorboy on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

She should have never meddled in Israel’s attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon.

John the Libertarian on April 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

That’s what killed some of my respect for her. She’s a brilliant woman-but there she was wrong. wrong. wrong.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

She voted for Obama? When did she spill the beans?

ThePrez on April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

She sucks on most issues.

No way.

profitsbeard on April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Not even on the radar… *blip*

Fallon on April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Ryan’s budget is wildly popular with conservatives, and picking him as Veep would be a signal to the right that Romney isn’t going to abandon us. His budget will already be on the table too, Obama and the democrats are going to demagogue it to no end. So if the demagoguing is inevitable, why not put the man who defends and articulates its argument best on the ticket? All of this is aside from the fact that he is a popular, young, telegenic member of House Leadership from the important swing state of Wisconsin. Picking Ryan would also reinforce that the economy is the issue we care about, not the phony war on women or the silly Buffett Rule.

I really don’t see how he can lose anything by picking Paul Ryan, he can only gain.

vegconservative on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Is it a problem she voted for 0?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

J.C. Watts, an Oklahoma Representative, danced around the issue of who he intended to vote for, in the last election.

I have no doubt that he voted for Obamuh.

In essence, skin color trumped the Marxist infection in this country.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I have to confess, I have met her in person and she is very impressive. That said not sure she would be the best vp choice.

txmomof6 on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

…or not.

Social liberal/semi-relativist.

Ted Nugent for VP.

Mimzey on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

CONDI !!!!!!!!!!!

YES YES YES—-
She is the ONLY Hillary anti-dote ! and Hillary is going to replace Biden- we all know it !- She cannot wait for 2020 if by chance Super Mitt gets 8 years

Romney/Condi 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

And Mittbots prove themselves to be total idiots, once again…

Norwegian on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Is it a problem she voted for 0?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It certainly doesn’t help.

Could you see Condi getting ready for her debate with Slow Joe and the first thing he says to her is, “Hey, thanks for your vote in 2008, Condi.”

Debate over.

Dack Thrombosis on April 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I like Condi, but Obama has spent four years blaming the Bush administration. Condi is still affiliated with that admin. which gives Obama an outlet this election to go after Bush. Americans are idiotic and still blame Bush for the economy. Being affiliated with him is a bad thing right now.

melle1228 on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

A Kremlinologist that never ran a campaign in her entire life, was the best friend of the most unpopular president in decades and whose political positions outside of foreign policy are more or less unknown.

This is just people reacting to the “war on women” meme + name recognition.

The only woman that might make the ticket is Kelly Ayotte.

If Christie accepts, he’s the best pick.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

the gop needs to reach out to people of color. we can’t be the “white party” with these new demograhics

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

She voted for Obama? When did she spill the beans?

ThePrez on April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

In her book.

JPeterman on April 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Not Bazil9′s high favorable list.

Cool lady but no.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Is it a problem she voted for 0?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Problem ?
Its a statement. Shee bought the hopenchange as an African American, and it failed.

An obama voter that is jumping ship. Is that really a bad message to send ????

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Something doesn’t seem right. Those Tea Party preferences seem odd. Rice has already said she does not want the job, and I say good. She is no conservative.

jazzuscounty on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

This is just a name recognition thing.

One of Christie, Jindal, McDonnell, Portman, or Rubio would be fine and much better than Condi. I doubt Condi would even say yes to a nod at this point.

Bluray on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

If Christie accepts, he’s the best pick.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Christie has a bigger problem when it comes to islam than Condi does+plus he’s pro-abortion and a gun grabber.
While He’s doin’ a great job in Jersey-he doesn’t belong on a national ticket.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I suppose she’s about as decent a choice as any for VP despite her flaws. But then I’m not a big Romney fan – or a big fan of ANY of the Rep candidates we’ve had – and some of the other VP candidates mentioned are people I would prefer to see nominated for Pres.
So all in all – ehh, whatever – ANYONE but Obummer and Biteme.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

oh man, I would LOVE to vote for Condi Rice. Read her book. awesome.

ted c on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

we need 2012! if we must resort to identity politics, so be it

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Let’s leave the identity politics to the Dims, shall we.
I like Jindal-but if he were a blue-eyed blonde…he’d still be incredibly qualified to run w/Mitt.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Paul Ryan was my first choice for President, I’d like to see him a VP, and President of the Senate.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

alt, I am on your frequency today.
I like when we agree.

Jindal too.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

She’s a brilliant woman-but there she was wrong. wrong. wrong.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Yup.

John the Libertarian on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

An obama voter that is jumping ship. Is that really a bad message to send ????

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Actually that’s a pretty good point. Imagine in a debate her being able to say “hey look, I bought the sales pitch and voted for you, and you blew it”. Talk about a take-down.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

we need 2012! if we must resort to identity politics, so be it

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

She’s pro-abortion and a squish on islam.
We DON’T need her.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I like Condi, but Obama has spent four years blaming the Bush administration. Condi is still affiliated with that admin. which gives Obama an outlet this election to go after Bush. Americans are idiotic and still blame Bush for the economy. Being affiliated with him is a bad thing right now.

melle1228 on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Condi’s resume is very impressive.

Condi brings more Foreign Relations cred – than anyone – sans Hillary — but way more than Slow Joe Biddie-
Foreign policy is getting more important by the day.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

She has also said, quite clearly, that she would not take the job if offered.

It probably isn’t going to be anyone most of us have ever heard of before, unless it is someone like Jeb Bush.

crosspatch on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

we need 2012! if we must resort to identity politics, so be it

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

No thank you. I don’t “do” identity politics.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

No thank you. I don’t “do” identity politics.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

we ARE on the same frequency today. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Condi has way more foreign policy experience than Hillary as well.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I really like Rice but I don’t want any former Bush officials on the ticket. If you thought Obama was playing the Blame Bush card now just wait until Romney taps either Rice or Portman for VP.

MFn G I M P on April 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Isn’t it grand? :)
we are bonding, lol

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Actually that’s a pretty good point. Imagine in a debate her being able to say “hey look, I bought the sales pitch and voted for you, and you blew it”. Talk about a take-down.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I can’t think of a worse indictment. That she “bought” the lies of a known Communist, and voted for him.

That is despicable to me.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

And if Hillary is the dim Veep choice ?

What then ?
Team Romney loses on may levels.
Foreign policy a huge winner for a sinking Oliar.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

CondI = Establishment

Romney / Ryan 2012

Sparty on April 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

One teeny little problem, folks. She has stated many times that she wants out of politics and into the private sector.

katy the mean old lady on April 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

we need 2012! if we must resort to identity politics, so be it

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

No thank you. I don’t “do” identity politics.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Condi likes identity politics..I see why you approve.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Of certain select potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney, Condoleezza Rice is by far the most popular among Republicans and it’s not even close, according to a CNN/ORC poll
=================================================================

A CNN poll,about a possible(most popular) GOP Veep candidate!

I do not trust (it)!

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

.
Only fools and dead men alone, never change their mind.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

And rightfully so. She was one of the best not to mention hardest working Sec of State we’ve ever had. Romney could do a lot worse than this classy lady.

Caro1ina on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

If Christie accepts, he’s the best pick.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Christie has a bigger problem when it comes to islam than Condi does+plus he’s pro-abortion and a gun grabber.
While He’s doin’ a great job in Jersey-he doesn’t belong on a national ticket.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

What’s exactly Christie’s “problem with Islam”?

Saying Christie is pro-abortion is just laughable. The most notable pro-lifer in the East Coast and the guy who’s shutting now I mean, do you think people will just believe you?

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/24/new-jersey-governor-chris-christie-headlines-pro-life-rally/

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Headlines Pro-Life Rally
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued the strong relationship he’s developed with pro-life advocates in the northeastern state by attending and speaking at the Rally for Life at the Statehouse steps today.

New Jersey Right to Life is the sponsor of the event that received more publicity thanks in part to the governor’s appearance.

“I stand with you,” on opposing abortion, the governor told the crowd, and “with each and every one of those precious human lives.”

http://www.christianpost.com/news/nj-governor-christie-halts-funding-for-planned-parenthood-52094/

NJ Governor Christie Halts Funding For Planned Parenthood
By Debbie Cohen , Christian Post Contributor
July 9, 2011|11:52 pm
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed another attempt to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in his state. Christie rejected the legislation on June 30, citing New Jersey does not have the money within its budget.

The New Jersey Senate ruled in favor to restore $7.5 million in funding for the abortion giant, but Christie knocked the measure down. He vetoed a similar measure last year and two Planned Parenthood clinics shut down soon after.

You know Christie would be the strongest pick when you guys panic so much when his name is mentioned that you make up completely nonsensical stuff like saying that one of the most accomplished pro-life governors in the Union is pro-abortion.

Troll harder.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

If I were asked to pick the individual who is most qualified to be President of the United States, no elections/campaigns involved, Rice comes to mind first. But there is that pesky election. She said herself she’s never run for anything since student council. And as others have noted, it may be too soon for someone so close to Bush ( that goes for Jeb too).

humdinger on April 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I can’t think of a worse indictment. That she “bought” the lies of a known Communist, and voted for him.

That is despicable to me.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

For conservatives yes – I’m not entirely thrilled with it either. But that kind of approach (different wording perhaps) could resonatewith a lot of the middle-ground who voted for Obummer and the hoenchange crap, but now actually recognize how much of a disaster it has been.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

No.

Squish.

No.

INC on April 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

katy the mean old lady on April 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Yeah, but most of em say that a few times before they get the call.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

A CNN poll,about a possible(most popular) GOP Veep candidate!

I do not trust (it)!

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

.
A very good point indeed.

Maybe its some kind of Hillary baitin ???

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

just saying! condi has a strong record and a great story. the dims can’t throw the race card with condi or west on the ticket. wake up people

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

CondI = Establishment

Romney / Ryan 2012

Sparty on April 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Now this right here is just funny! Thanks, I needed a good laugh. ; )

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

What, more pandering? Really?

OldEnglish on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

No.

Squish.

No.

INC on April 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I 2nd that. The Rino’s are jumping with glee. I see joana is back. I heart Mitt wooo.

Is that you Ann Coulter?

Inc, long time no see. Hope you are excellent.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The Magic Eight Ball says “My reply is no”. She’s likable, and smart but is too graceful for what will be a nasty election. What is needed is someone who will return punches.

diogenes on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

No thank you. I don’t “do” identity politics.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

.
Was Herb Cain identity politics then ??

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Only fools and dead men alone, never change their mind.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

It’s funny. I knew that Obamuh was a Communist, well before the election. If she didn’t, she’s an imbecile. If she did, she was nothing but an apparatchik hack, who placed skin color above the well-being of her country.

Neither scenario is acceptable. And neither scenario is amenable to … “I’ve changed my mind.”

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

can’t throw the race card with condi or west on the ticket. wake up people

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

LMAO- where have you been?

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Here you go, Sweetie.
Christie also supports the GZM-and has called opponents of it ‘crazies’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The Magic Eight Ball says “My reply is no”. She’s likable, and smart but is too graceful for what will be a nasty election. What is needed is someone who will return punches.

diogenes on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

In that case – how about Ted Nugent?
That would be a lot of fun to watch.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Thank you, b9. I hope you’re fine.

It hasn’t been the greatest of weeks, but I keep on! :)

INC on April 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Was Herb Cain identity politics then ??

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Herb Cain was just a not very qualified jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I agree with you, if she was just another voter. But, she was a Secretary of State in the Bush administration.

For her to have voted for Obamuh – is unforgiveable, and without excuse.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

She voted for Obama? When did she spill the beans?

ThePrez on April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

In her book.

JPeterman on April 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Source? I can’t find this after a few minutes on Google.

There are a lot of indications that she may have implied it, but I don’t see where she actually said so. But I have not read her book, so I may have missed that.

acasilaco on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Poll: Of select potential veeps, Condoleezza Rice has highest favorability rating among Republicans

But Mormons hate blacks or something. I read it on the innernets once.

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Clueless Condi Rice is Colin Powell in a skirt.

Hilts on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Condi Rice is popular among Republicans, but has very little support among Independents. She would probably bring back memories of the Bush 43 Administration, which is toxic to Indie voters.

Romney would better off avoiding any VP candidate that recalls the Bush Administration, with the possible exception of John Bolton. Not for VP, but for Secretary of State.

Steve Z on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Colin Powell also had great poll numbers amongst Republicans…until they became aware of his actual beliefs. I suspect that Condi Rice might have a similar, although somewhat lesser, fate.

mydh12 on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Was Herb Cain identity politics then ??

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

You make no sense. I wasn’t an Herm supporter. Try again.

Your buddy said:

we need 2012! if we must resort to identity politics, so be it

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

And if I did support Herm, it wouldn’t be because he was black but the man himself.

Fail.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I want Portman.

Rusty Allen on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Or Ann Coulter.

Rusty Allen on April 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Well I can’t disagree with you on that, but I’m having to hold my nose to vote for the candidates we’ve been given as it is. She has her pros and cons like all the others – though some of her cons are pretty bad as you state.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Thank you, b9. I hope you’re fine.

It hasn’t been the greatest of weeks, but I keep on! :)

INC on April 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Sorry to her that Miss Inc. We all have those times..it will get better. I’ve had a good week after 3 bad ones.
Keep your chin up.

bazil9 on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Condi makes political sense- and sooner rather than later (knock any advantage of picking Hillary even if she were willing. More importantly, she adds the foreign policy piece that is currently missing. I personally respect the lady to no end.

But one reason I can go along with Condi is that I’ve given up getting a real conservative of ANY kind this year; nothing but political calculation left.

michaelo on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Here you go, Sweetie.
Christie also supports the GZM-and has called opponents of it ‘crazies’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Yes, nominating a conservative judge means Christie loves Islamic terrorists or something.

And yeps, if you believe in that, you’re crazy.

Anyway, we already know that: you thought you’d be able to call Christie pro-abortion in a site like this without being embarrassed. Crazy indeed.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Herb Cain was just a not very qualified jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

.
So concerns of race are only to be found relative to ability, experience, and or potential?

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Aw, please no Condi.
She’s more Liberal than the stealthy and not-so-Conservative Rubio is.
She’s from Stanford.
I worked up there off of Sandhill Road in Menlo Park with all of them.

She’s just like Meg Whitman…they’re another Manchurian candidate in RINO clothing.

Behind closed doors they’re praising Obummer and saving dolphins with all the other big tycoons of Oracle, Cicso and big venture capital mucky mucks.

Please. No more Harvard or Stanford graduates!
They’re the enemy. I’ll repeat. They are the enemy.
I know these people.
They’re as insane as James Cameron the Titanic and Avatar director dude.

And my last plea!
If you love Dick Cheney, you won’t love Condi.
They were 180 degrees apart on everything.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Why she isn’t running for President is beyond me. In one fell swoop she could destroy the Lefts myth that all “Rethugnicans” are racists and sexist. She could also beat Obama.

factsonlypls on April 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

cain had major baggage. problem with white women and his failure to explain the999 plan. including his nutty advisor. not in the same league with condi

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Mitt Romney – “A nice guy who’s just in over his head”

Condeleeza Rice – ” I can’t imagine Barak Obama doing anything that isn’t in the interest of his country.”

Made for each other.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

She does not that Obamacare is all bad either.
I’ll pass.

Aviator on April 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Isn’t it a shame, that the last time I didn’t have to hold my nose was in ’80 and ’84?

That’s the last time that I truly believed in the person I voted for.

So very sad.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

She does not think Obamacare is all bad either.

Aviator on April 18, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I don’t like her.

And I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I can’t tell you exactly why. My dislike was built up over a long period, and hearing her say and do a lot of things I didn’t agree with. I wish I could remember what they were – but I remember that I came to a definite conclusion that I would not be happy with her as president when people floated the idea back about 2004.

I would not be happy with her as VP, either. I honestly don’t think she has the breadth of experience, especially in the business world, to be president. And that’s what the VP is (people often forget) – a backup president ready to step in in a literal heartbeat.

I am pretty choosy about my VPs.

So far, the ones I think are qualified are : Gingrich, Giuliani, Daniels, Santorum (though I think he would be a social drag on the ticket), Perry and Jindal (in no specific order).

I’m sure I’ve missed some qualified folks, but I think I got the main ones.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

NO thank you. We have tried this and it was long and unpleasant; not to mention setting up 4 years of 0bama.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Palin, of course, is qualified too, I think very qualified, but I thought I’d get my main comment out there before lobbing that grenade.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Herb Cain was just a not very qualified jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I liked Cain – until he self-destructed. I disagree with your “not very qualified” – he had actual business leadership experience. Jerk – maybe – he definitely didn’t handle the scandal accusations very well. So be it – he’s out. As I said earlier – I haven’t been overly impressed with ANY of the choices we’ve had.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

If you love Dick Cheney, you won’t love Condi.
They were 180 degrees apart on everything.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Nope. They are two grossly incompetent and egomaniac establishment types who are deeply unpopular with American voters except factions of Bush loyalists.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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