Condi is popular and poppin’ tho with the Republicans.
Three in 10 Republicans rank the former U.S. secretary of state as their top choice to be Mitt Romney’s running mate – far outpacing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (19 percent), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8 percent) and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (8 percent), according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.
Other names in the race have failed to measure up. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal polled 5 percent; Ohio Sen. Rob Portman 3 percent; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell 3 percent; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez 3 percent; or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty 2 percent.
Though speculation in recent days has focused on Portman and Pawlenty as possible picks, Team Romney is guarding the veepstakes closely. Only Romney, his wife Ann, and search team chief Beth Myers are said to know the short list.
“I’ll wait and see, too, what Mitt is going to decide,” Ann Romney told “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Thursday. “We’re not quite there yet.”
The former Massachusetts governor is expected to announce his vice presidential pick after the Olympic Games, which begin next week and conclude on August 12 – two weeks before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Daily News reported Wednesday.
While Romney trails President Barack Obama 41 percent to 45 percent) in a head-to-head matchup, the race is tied (46 percent to 46 percent) when a hypothetical Romney-Rice ticket is pitted against the pairing of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the Fox poll shows.
Still, 32 percent of Republicans say they want Romney to pick a true conservative – a view that may disqualify Rice, who described her stance on abortion as “mildly pro-choice” in a 2005 interview with The Washington Times.
“Former Secretary Rice’s position on the sanctity of human life makes her an unqualified candidate for Governor Romney to choose as a running mate,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, said recently in a statement.
For her part, Rice has said repeatedly she has no interest in the job.
Hmmm, would you vote for a Romney-Rice ticket?