Condoleezza Rice Delivered a Profoundly Important Speech: Full Text and Video of the Speech

   Bookmark and Share   Had it not been for the exceptional speech delivered by Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, the speech that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave prior to Ryan would have been the most important topic of the day.  Rice’s message to the nation from the stage of the Tampa Times Forum was a scintillating tour de force that took Americans on an intellectual and emotional review of America’s role in the world.

Rice demonstrated an incomparable combination of class, grace and wisdom that successfully tied together the the economic priorities that are consuming our domestic agenda to the American foreign policy that has seemingly taken a backseat to it and demonstrated how our leadership in both areas are inextricably linked together. According to Rice;

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of American strength – our economy – stimulating private sector led growth and small business entrepreneurship. When the world looks at us today they see an American government that cannot live within its means. They see a government that continues to borrow money, mortgaging the future of generations to come. The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny. That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead.”

Rice’s statements at the convention showed us why she is considered one of the most compelling figures in American politics.  They also made it easy to understand why Rice was most likely on Mitt Romney’s short list for Vice President.  I dare suggest that had the economic crisis we are in not been the preeminent issue of this election and had it not created the political need for a emphasis on the ability to turn our economy around, Condoleezza Rice would have been the one giving the acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination and not Paul Ryan.  But the good news is that pool of talent within the Republican Party is so deep that after Condoleezza Rice floored the nation with her expertise and wisdom, Paul Ryan came out and did the same thing.

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Full Text of Condoleezza Rice’s Speech

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Republican National Convention

August 29, 2012

Good evening.

Distinguished delegates, fellow Republicans, fellow Americans.

We gather here at a time of significance and challenge. This young century has been a difficult one. I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center – and then a second one – and a third, the Pentagon. And then the news of a fourth, driven into the ground by brave citizens that died so that many others would live. From that day on our sense of vulnerability and our understanding of security would be altered forever. Then in 2008 the global financial and economic crisis stunned us and still reverberates as unemployment, economic uncertainty and failed policies cast a pall over the American recovery so desperately needed at home and abroad.

And we have seen once again that the desire for freedom is universal – as men and women in the Middle East demand it. Yet, the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty; internal strife and hostile neighbors are challenging the fragile democracy in Iraq; dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their own people and threaten the security of the region; China and Russia prevent a response; and all wonder, “Where does America stand?”

Indeed that is the question of the moment- “Where does America stand?” When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question – clearly and unambiguously — the world is a chaotic and dangerous place. The U.S. has since the end of World War II had an answer – we stand for free peoples and free markets, we are willing to support and defend them – we will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom.

To be sure, the burdens of leadership have been heavy. I, like you, know the sacrifices that Americans have made – yes including the ultimate sacrifice of many of our bravest. Yet our armed forces remain the sure foundation of liberty. We are fortunate to have men and women who volunteer – they volunteer to defend us on the front lines of freedom. And we owe them our eternal gratitude.

I know too that it has not always been easy – though it has been rewarding – to speak up for those who would otherwise be without a voice – the religious dissident in China; the democracy advocate in Venezuela; the political prisoner in Iran.

It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies– or to help the world’s most desperate – the AIDs orphan in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia; the world’s poorest in Haiti. Yet this assistance – together with the compassionate works of private charities – people of conscience and people of faith – has shown the soul of our country.

And I know too that there is weariness – a sense that we have carried these burdens long enough. But if we are not inspired to lead again, one of two things will happen – no one will lead and that will foster chaos — or others who do not share our values will fill the vacuum. My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead – and one cannot lead from behind.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality — that our leadership abroad and our well being at home are inextricably linked. They know what needs to be done. Our friends and allies must be able to trust us. From Israel to Poland to the Philippines to Colombia and across the world — they must know that we are reliable and consistent and determined. And our adversaries must have no reason to doubt our resolve — because peace really does come through strength. Our military capability and technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s hands.

We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade – to grow our exports and our influence abroad. In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration. If you are concerned about China’s rise – consider this fact – China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more. Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade – and it will come back to haunt us.

We must not allow the chance to attain energy independence to slip from our grasp. We have a great gift of oil and gas reserves here in North America that must be and can be developed while protecting our environment. And we have the ingenuity in the private sector to tap alternative sources of energy.

And most importantly, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of American strength – our economy – stimulating private sector led growth and small business entrepreneurship. When the world looks at us today they see an American government that cannot live within its means. They see a government that continues to borrow money, mortgaging the future of generations to come. The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny. That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead.

After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.” The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.

Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle – long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all – without regard to circumstances of birth.

But the American ideal is indeed endangered today. There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home.

More than at any other time in history –the ability to mobilize the creativity and ambition of human beings forms the foundation of greatness. We have always done that better than any country in the world. People have come here from all over because they believed in our creed – of opportunity and limitless horizons. They have come from the world’s most impoverished nations to make five dollars not fifty cents– and they have come from the world’s advanced societies – as engineers and scientists — to help fuel the knowledge based revolution in the Silicon Valley of California; the research triangle of North Carolina; in Austin, Texas; along Route 128 in Massachusetts – and across our country.

We must continue to welcome the world’s most ambitious people to be a part of us. In that way we stay perpetually young and optimistic and determined. We need immigration laws that protect our borders; meet our economic needs; and yet show that we are a compassionate people.

We have been successful too because Americans have known that one’s status at birth was not a permanent station in life. You might not be able to control your circumstances but you could control your response to your circumstances. And your greatest ally in doing so was a quality education.

Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going. The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are.

My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones. We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise. And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities — are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day.

If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad. They will provide an answer to the question, “Where does America stand?” The challenge is real and these are tough times. But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before. Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.

America’s victorious revolutionary founding – against the greatest military power of the time; a Civil War – hundreds of thousands dead in a brutal conflict – but emerging a stronger union; a second founding – as impatient patriots fought to overcome the birth defect of slavery and the scourge of segregation; a long struggle against communism – that ended with the death of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Europe, whole free and at peace; the will to make difficult decisions, heart-wrenching choices in the aftermath of 9/11 that secured us and prevented the follow-on attacks that seemed preordained at the time.

And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America – her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State. Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the experience and the integrity and the vision to lead us – they know who we are, what we want to be and what we offer the world.

That is why this is a moment – an election – of consequence. Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful!

May God Bless You – and May God continue to bless this extraordinary, exceptional country – the United States of America. 

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Condoleezza Rice Offers No Reaction to Paul Ryan’s Nomination

  Bookmark and Share  As speculation about who Mitt Romney was going to select as his running mate ran rampant, one name that consistently popped up was former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  In a decision making process that must consider everything from the electoral benefits of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender, to experience, demeanor, and expertise on the major issues of the day, Condoleezza Rice was a compelling and attractive candidate for Mitt Romney.  She offered a perfect sense of balance to the Romney ticket. While Romney is white, Rice is an African-American.  While Romney is a man, Rice is a woman.  While Romney lacks any pronounced expertise in foreign affairs, Condoleezza Rice is a foreign affairs expert.

Combined with Rice’s well mannered, diplomatic demeanor and unparalleled expertise on world affairs, Rice would have made an excellent choice for both the shallow electoral benefits that could have been realized because of her race and gender and because of her being probably more prepared to step in to the presidency of the United States at moment’s notice, than any other name that was considered.  Many independent polls even indicated that among voters, Rice was their most popular choice Romney could make.

The obvious value of Rice’s potential placement on the G.O.P. presidential ticket forced her name on to almost all vice presidential short lists.  If she was ever on Romney’s short list though is another question.  Being what she calls “moderately pro-choice” probably denied Romney the chance to give Rice serious consideration for the number two slot on the ticket.  Had he picked her, Romney would have surely offended many factions of the conservative base which was already uninspired by his candidacy and doubtful about his committment to the right-to-life cause.

As for Condoleezza Rice herself, all the speculation forced her to repeatedly state that she had no desire to reenter politics, or at least electoral politics.  But many, including myself had some doubt as to how sincere Rice was in those claims.  In the weeks leading up to Romney’s announcement, although they were unrelated to the Romney campaign, Condoleezza Rice made several high profile appearances and even wrote a superb editorial for the Financial Times that seemed like a foreign affairs manifesto for a future presidential Administration to adhere to.   In the months leading up to Romney’s decision on a running mate, some had openly suggested that Rice was “quietly campaigning”to be tapped for Vice President on the Republican presidential ticket.

In April of 2008, ABC News reported that Republican strategist Dan Senor made the same claim.

ABC reported;

“Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

According to Senor, Rice has been cozying up to the Republican elite.

“There’s this ritual in Washington: The Americans for Tax Reform, which is headed by Grover Norquist, he holds a weekly meeting of conservative leaders — about 100, 150 people, sort of inside, chattering, class types,” Senor said. “They all typically get briefings from political conservative leaders. Ten days ago, they had an interesting visit — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — the first time a secretary of state has visited the Wednesday meeting.”

Of course all of that is just speculation and unless we choose to believe Condoleezza Rice’s own claim of having not desire to get back into politics. we will never know for sure how accurate or inaccurate the conjecture and assumptions of political talking heads were.  But in the two days since Paul Ryan became the VP pick, Condoleezza Rice’s alway’s active online social media activity has been filled with messages about her thoughts on a few different topics but one topic has not been addressed at all ——- her thoughts on the selection of Paul Ryan for Vice President.

Since Romney made the announcement on Saturday morning , Rice posted two comments on her Facebook page and she tweeted the same two comments on her Twitter feed.   The first comment  offered kinds words to the organizers of the Olympics and Team USA;

                    Congrats to London & the people of Great Britain on a GREAT #Olympics!  Congrats & thanks to Team #USA for an inspiring two weeks!

Her most recent comment, more than 48 hours after the Ryan announcement, was a quote indicating her support for the NFL along with a photo which displayed her “passion” for the Cleveland Browns.

Like all the talk about Rice being a potential Romney running mate, the meaning of her lack of a reaction to Paul Ryan’s addition to the G.O.P. ticket is also speculation, but so far her silence is deafening.

In a few weeks, Condi who has been given a coveted primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in a couple of weeks, will certainly be praising Romney, and Ryan too, but so far there is no indication of how genuine he glowing words will will be.  Especially since her initial reaction has been not to react at all.

Did Condi really want the job or is it true that she really can’t care less about her future role in public service?

Regardless of Rice’s feeling’s though, it is clear that most conservatives are quite happy with the choice of Paul Ryan and with good reason.

While Condoleezza Rice would have certainly brought an incredible amount of dignity, class, superior intelligence, and invaluable experience to the ticket, she would have also a brought up the opportunity for the left to distract Americans voters even more than they are currently are by rehashing Rice’s ties to former President George W. Bush.  Such a strategy could have been easily addressed by both Rice and Romney but it still would have been an unnecessary distraction.  But by picking Paul Ryan instead of Condi Rice, Mitt Romney  forces this election to be about the economy and the federal budget that Paul Ryan is an expert in.   And those are the issues which just so happen to be the Achille’s heels that weaken  both of  feet that the President is trying to stand on.

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Who Do You Want Mitt Romney to Pick for Vice President?

Bookmark and Share As the race for President seems to have entered a perpetual state of boredom that is filled with a bumper sticker mentality of shallow stump speeches that offer little insight and a whole lot of repetitive pot shots and one liners, concerned voters find themselves left with but one last intriguing question —- who will Mitt Romney pick for Vice President?

Rob Portman

Aside from the actual election results, the question of who Romney will pick for Vice President is perhaps the only moment of suspense remaining in the campaign.  And as such, who he picks could actually make more of a difference than it has in most of the presidential elections in our recent past.  In fact, according to a CBS News/New York Times  poll released last Wednesday, 74 percent of registered voters said that a candidate’s running mate  matters “a lot” or “somewhat” to their vote,(26 percent  said that it matters a lot, while 48 percent said that it matters somewhat). At  the same time, 25 percent said that it doesn’t matter at all.  However; that sentiment is often expressed at this point in every presidential election, but by the time Election Day rolls around, it is a sentiment that is usually proven wrong.  Yet in the case of Mitt Romney and this extraordinarily polarized electorate, who he picks could make the difference between winning and losing.With swing states like Ohio, Florida, and Wisconsin at stake, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, or Paul Ryan  could add the percentage or two to the election result in their respective states that is responsible for putting Republicans over the top in the Electoral College.But with figures like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice or New Mexico’s Susana Martinez also on the list of possible contenders, the combination of their being women and being representative of different minority groups, has the potential to erode an important part of President Obama’s base vote just enough to make a small difference in a multitude of states that Romney is currently considered less competitive in.

Marco Rubio

What Romney is thinking is anyone’s guess though and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. The only thing we know for certain right now is that some names are less likely to be selected than others.  Take Mitch Daniels for example.  He’s a highly successful and popular two term, conservative Governor of Indiana who I originally hoped would be our presidential nominee.  With his command of matters of the budget and fiscal conservatism in general, he would be a perfect running mate for Romney in a campaign that will be based on fiscal responsibility.  Daniels also has crossover appeal and would be a perfect balance for Mitt.  Unfortunately though, Mitch  has agreed to become the President of Perdue University at the end of his term in January.  So he’s out.  Unless of course that decision was thrown out to throw us off the track?

Paul Ryan

The there’s Chris Christie, or at least there was.  He has supposedly been given the honor of delivering the highly coveted keynote address at the Republican National Convention.  That essentially means he won’t be delivering an acceptance speech at the convention.  Unless of course the rumors about his being the keynoter were intentionally thrown out for public consumption to throw us off the track?Another very striking contender was Virginia’s popular conservative Governor, Bob McDonnell.  With his national star rising from Virginia, another key battleground state in this election, his presence on the ticket could deliver a state that is practically a must win for Republicans.  But McDonnell has been named chairman of the Republican platform committee, a job that brings with it the type of contentious floor fights and baggage that automatically scratches him off of any V.P. short list.So those are is at least one name you can take out of contention and two which you can stop taking bets on.  Maybe.

McMorris Rodgers

But that still leaves us with a mix of both likely and unlikely contenders who can potentially be nominated to join Romney on the G.O.P. ticket.  They range from names such Senator Kelly Ayote of New Hampshire, to Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and from Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, to Tennessee’s former U.S. Senator, Fred Thompson and a host of names in between such as Florida’s Allen West and Jeb Bush, or South Dakota’s John Thune and Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty.  In one scenario, even a Blue Dog Democrat, North Carolina’s Heath Shuler has been floated as a game changing decision for Romney. Polls about who most Republicans want Romney to pick vary based on the audiences that frequent those platforms offering such polls.  For instance, the conservative site Town Hall is probably seeing it’s far right readers choose dark horse contender Allen West, while other more libertarian geared sites might find that Rand Paul is the choice that it’s audience most wants to see selected by Romney.But when it comes to less partisan entities that happen to do professional polling and are therefore far more accurate at polling than those who conduct online opinion surveys , there is one name that keeps emerging as the favorite among voters —– Condoleezza Rice.

John Thune

A Rasmussen Reports poll that was conducted between July 15-16, found  that 65% of likely U.S. voters share at least a somewhat favorable view of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while just 24% view her unfavorably. Those results included 29% who have a Very Favorable opinion of Condi Rice and 6% who had a Very Unfavorable opinion of her. Twelve 12% were undecided in the poll.  (To see survey question wording, click here).  Other professional polling surveys have had similar results and for good reason.Condoleezza Rice is regarded as a very respectable, likeable, admirable leader.  She is also viewed by most voters as someone who is guided more by personal conviction and ideology than Party and partisan politics.  Such a persona could do nothing but help the G.O.P.  and hurt Democrats.  This is especially the case when you consider the fact that as both an African-American and a woman, Condi Rice does have the potential to make significant inroads into a base vote that President Obama needs to keep in his column and that Mitt Romney desperately needs to peel off and bring his way.  Furthermore; Condoleezza Rice can help Romney with the all important independent vote that will essentially determine who wins in November.Whether Romney agrees with that assessment or not is anyone’s guess but I will state this.  If he doesn’t agree with that opinion, he’s a dope.

Condoleezza Rice

While I like many of the potential candidates for Vice President, I believe that Condoleezza Rice is the one person  who can bring everything that Romney needs to the ticket.  And I mean everything.  Not only does she cover the electoral aesthetics of being a women and being African-American, her presence on the ticket adds a degree of historic value that can benefit Republicans much the same way it benefitted Democrats in 2012.  Add Rice’s ability to articulate conservatism and the traditional American values of independence, freedom, personal responsibility better than practically anyone else other than Allen West and what you have is a running mate who is an electoral goldmine.But it’s not just the electoral politics that makes Rice such a good choice for Romney.  It is her ability to be a great President that makes her not just a good choice, but also a potentially good President.  And afterall, is that not what a Vice President is suppose to be? Few politicians have the experience and knowhow that Condoleezza Rice has and few Vice Presidents would be more immediately prepared to assume the office of President at a moments notice as she.Still, there are three things that stand in the way of a Romney-Rice ticket.

One is the fact that Rice herself has not seen fit to show any interest in the job.  Yet despite the lack of interest, her recent penning of an inspiring editorial in the Financial Times raises some question as to exactly how disinterested the former Secretary of State is in getting her country back on track.  Problem number two is Rice’s stance on abortion.  Rice does not support banning abortion.  She does however strongly support placing many restrictions on how its practice.  While that position may be tolerated by some on the right, it will not be acceptable by others, especially those who are already doubtful about Mitt Romney’s own committment to the right-to-life cause.

Lastly is the political fear factor that Romney and his consultants may have regarding Condoleezza Rice’s ties to the Bush Administration.  They may fear that teaming Rice with Romney will provide Team Obama with an unintended campaign theme that links Romney to the not so popular former President.   While such political fears are worthy of considering, political reality should lead Romney to realize that Condoleezza Rice brings far more positives to the ticket than negatives.  And Team Romney should also realize that if the Obama campaign wants to revisit Condoleezza Rice’s record, they will be entering in to a very dangerous zone.  Rice will be able to defend her record and the Bush record better than anyone else and she will also be able to remind the American electorate that it is President Obama who essentially carried out her policies in Iraq and Afghanistan even though he and his Vice President ran against those policies in 2008.

All things considered, I believe Condoleezza Rice would be the best choice for Romney and while I would certainly be gleeful over the selection of someone like Marco Rubio or even the man whom I believe Romney will ultimately choose, South Dakota Senator John Thune, I can’t help but believe that only Condoleezza Rice can provide the momentum, gravitas, and appeal that Romney will really need if he wants to win the independents, and undecideds who will decide who the next President is.

What do you think?  Cast your vote for Vice President here.

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Romney-Rice 2012: White House 2012’s “The Herd” Looks at the Possible Selection of Condoleezza Rice for Vice President

Bookmark and Share  The Herd is a special White House 2012 series covering the obvious and not so obvious names that Mitt Romney may consider for Vice President.  Each day, White House 2012 will introduce you to one of the many Republicans which we believe that will  at least be considered for the vice presidency by the now inevitable presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

In addition to biographical information and a brief assessment of each potential nominee and their chances of being selected by Romney, White House 2012′s coverage also includes each potential nominee’s voting records, as well as a listing of their public statements and links to their web sites.

Today White House 2012 offers a look at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

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Born (1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 (age 57) Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Denver University of Notre Dame
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Professional Experience

  • Provost, Stanford University, 1993-1999
  • Professor, Stanford University

Political Experience

  • United States Secretary of State, 2005-2009 Appointed,
  • United States Secretary of State, January 26, 2005
  • National Security Advisor, 2001-2005
  • Senior Director/Director, Soviet and East European Affairs, National Security Council, 1989-1991
  • Special Assistant, Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1986

Click here for a detailed biography of Condoleeza Rice

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In mid December a Washington Times opinion piece stated that Dr. Rice was ”quietly positioning herself to be the top choice of the eventual Republican presidential nominee, ready to deliver bona fide foreign-policy credentials lacking among the candidates.” They added “The 56-year-old has recently raised her profile, releasing her memoir in November and embarking on a monthlong book tour”. Whether it is true or not that Rice has been “quietly positioning herself” for a vice presidential nomination is questionable. This very humble, renaissance woman with above average intelligence, an unmatched resume, and wide range of interests has previously claimed that she would much rather serve a stint as the Commissioner of the National Football League than another stint in politics.

But minds do change and Condi could actually be floating the idea by sending some behind the scenes signals that she would be willing to be the running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. She would certainly be an excellent choice. Even though her presence on the ticket may initially draw some negative perceptions of the Bush Administration, Condi’s record is one that is strong enough to diminish such perceptions. Furthermore, in addition to her ability to bring strong foreign affairs credentials to the ticket and bolster voter confidence in the Republican ticket with it, she adds a combination of troubling fear factors to the Obama relection campaign. In addition to being African-American, she is a woman and while these are politically shallow reasons for electing our nation’s leaders, they are also very real and very undeniable political inroads in to the critical female and black voting block. All things considered, Condoleezza Rice is an automatic addition to any Republican presidential nominee’s short list.

Except Mitt Romney’s.

Although she is remarkably diplomatic and inoffensive while at the same time possessing steel-like resolve and confidence, and while her incredibly articulate ways would be able to win more voters over than turn them off, Mitt Romney can not afford to seem to equivocate on the issue of abortion. After switching his position from pro-choice to right to life, he has a hard enough time convincing conservatives that he is sincerely committed to to the sanctity of life. And the problem is that Rice is pro-choice. It is something which conservatives can only be overlooked by many conservatives if the candidate who picks her, had a solid, 100% reocod of committment to ending abortion and even then the selection of a pro-choice running mate would raise much more than just eyebrows.

That said, while I am a conservative who believes that choice exists before the fact, not after the fact, and therefore stand in opposition to abortion, I myself would still be supportive of Condoleezza Rice for Vice President and by natural extrapolation, for President. I do not belive that Rice’s pro-choice position would compel her to move towars a repeal of existing restrictions, not would she propose expansion of the use of abortion as a common practice. Indeed, she is on record as being a strong proponent of restrictions on the use of abortion and wanting to promote a culture that respects life. And when it comes to the many other issues facing our nation, I am willing to trust the judgement of this otherwise conservative leader.

And in many ways, Condoleeza Rice transcends politics. She is more of a policy person than a political one. As such, I trust in her willingness to make political decisions that are driven by the best polices for our nation as opposed to policy decisions driven by the purpose of persoanl political pursuits. If pressed, I would equate Rice to another former Republican President —— President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower was more leader than politician. He was more public policy than partisan politics and he was more concerned with the plight our nation’s economy and security than the cause of partisan pandering. Such is the case with Condi Rice.

Such thinking may not please fellow Republican activists such as myslef but I am confident that making the best choices for our nation, also makes for the best positioning of our Party and Condoleezza Rice would make the right decisions for both.

But my sentimens do not change the reality of politics and unless Mitt Romney is willing to risk the support of the evangelical base that is already leerie of his conservtive convictions and committment to the right to life, Condoleezza Rice is not likely to make his final cut for Vice President. Between that and a Romney based fear that Barack Obama’s campaign will be able to use Rice’s leadership concerning the war in Iraq as a way to link the G.O.P. ticket to former President Bush and thereby create a distraction from the realissues in this election, will most likely doom Rice’s chances of being on the ticket.

Pros:

  • Condi Rice is one of those rare well known public fugures who if placed on the ticket, would probably be the one persona that the G.O.P. could nominate without offending a large portion of the left.
  • Her breadth of experience in foreign affairs would make the Obama Adminstration’s foreign and national security teams seem like high schools kids taking a summer course in history. Rice would be an an incredible force for Romney on such issues and could enable them to articulate the many weaknesses in that Obama policies have created for our nation throughout the world.
  • Has history of bipartisanship that can appeal to independent voters
  • McMorris Rodgers has a record that is quite appropriate for this election regarding her positions on fiscal policies, Obamacare, and government reform
  • Is experienced in areas of trade, another important issue
  • Her relatively low profile makes her less a lightning rod for liberal attacks and her addition to the ticket would not invite a litany of distractions during the campaign

Cons:

  • Has a pro-choice stance which could undermine Romney among the Republican base
  • Her ties to the Bush Adminstration will be exploited by the Obama campaign in an attempt to distract voters away from the Obama record

Assessment:

Despite my high regard for the former Secretary of State and regardless of my positive impression of the prospects of a Vice President Rice, my sentimens do not change the reality of politics and unless Mitt Romney is willing to risk the support of the evangelical base that is already leerie of his conservtive convictions and committment to the right to life, Condoleezza Rice is not likely to make his final cut for Vice President. Between that and a Romney based fear that Barack Obama’s campaign will be able to use Rice’s leadership concerning the war in Iraq as a way to link the G.O.P. ticket to former President Bush and thereby create a distraction from the realissues in this election, will most likely doom Rice’s chances of being on the ticket.

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Is Condoleezza Rice Quietly Running for Vice President?

 Bookmark and Share    Washington Times columnist Joseph Curl has penned a post in which he alleges that former George W. Bush  National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is “quietly campaigning” to be tapped for Vice President on the Republican presidential ticket.

Curl’s analysis offers no evidence to support his claim but he does offer extremely credible reasons for someone seeking her out as their running mate.

Curl’s reasoning focuses on somewhat shallow qualities such as her sex, race, ties to the South, and compelling story of a person whose ancestors were sharecroppers and whose family’s American history predates the Civil War.  While such information and qualities do not have a bearing on  a persons ability to lead, they do a play an undenniable role in politics where everything is perception.  And in the scenario put forth by Curl, perception would indeed be a potent weapon in the 2012 election.

According him, the selection of Rice “would be a giant chess move to counter the expected replacement of Vice President Joseph R. Biden with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Curl adds;

“Sure, the White House denies and denies, but that should really make any political watcher more suspicious. One White House insider even told me that the position swap was the only reason Mrs. Clinton joined the administration in the first place.”

If that were true Joseph Curls’ analysis claims that the addition of Condoleezza Rice to the Republican presidential ticket would  “dramatically change the dynamics of the 2012 election.”

He writes;

“she [Rice] would mute Democrats’ charges of racism among conservatives, especially tea party members. And her sex would likely prompt moderate women to take a serious look at the Republican ticket.”

That is indeed true, but ultimately, few people really vote for President based on the vice presidential nominee.  However, the selection of a running mate that is unacceptable to the base of a nominee’s Party could be lethal.  At least for some candidates.

If Mitt Romney, the still likely republican presidential nominee, did secure his position at the top of the ticket, his selection of Condoleezza Rice could easily cost him the election.

Rice is a pro-choice Republican and as such she Romney can not afford to seem to equivocate on the issue of abortion by selecting her as his running mate.  He will have hard enough time convincing conservatives that now that he has changed his position from pro-choice, to right-to-life, he is committed to to the sanctity of life .  Others may be able to get away with picking Condoleezza but the only ones who can would be those who have a long, consistent record in opposition to abortion.

When the name Condoleezza Rice came up as a potential running mate for conservative Mitch Daniels, he found himself on the receiving end of unpleasant accusations from many social conservatives, and that was despite his strong, unchanging opposition to abortion.

While anything is possible in 2012, I am not quite as confident that Rice will be a shoo-in for Vice President.  Not only do I have my doubts about exactly how much quiet campaigning Rice is doing the job, I have my doubts as to how much she really wants the job.  The record is ripe with evidence of her desire to become the  Commissioner of the NFL, but has little in the way of evidence to prove she wants to be Vice President of the United States.

She had no interest in becoming a candidate for President and until I see any definite moves by her for the job, I am not convinced that she has any interest in becoming a candidate for Vice President and columnist Curl should take note that this is not the first time Condoleezza Rice was reportedly quietly campaigning for Vice President.

In April of 2008, ABC News reported that Republican strategist Dan Senor made the same claim.

ABC reported;

“Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

According to Senor, Rice has been cozying up to the Republican elite.

“There’s this ritual in Washington: The Americans for Tax Reform, which is headed by Grover Norquist, he holds a weekly meeting of conservative leaders — about 100, 150 people, sort of inside, chattering, class types,” Senor said. “They all typically get briefings from political conservative leaders. Ten days ago, they had an interesting visit — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — the first time a secretary of state has visited the Wednesday meeting.”

So while Joseph Curl reports with confidence that his prediction about Rice will now make her a natural for the Republican vice presidential nomination, I would suggest to readers that they wait to actually hear it from Condoleezza Rice, or at least until there is some evidence of her interest in a job with GOP more than the NFL.

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