Romney & Rice – Do Conservatives Think This Should Be On The Menu?
No it isn’t the latest dish at your local restaurant or that you will find in your grocery store. According to the Drudge Report, on Thursday evening, the Romney campaign was looking at former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush as the frontrunner to be selected as a potential vice-presidential running mate.
Though Mitt Romney has claimed that only two people know who is being vetted as a potential running mate, that would be himself and Beth Myers. However, it was his wife Ann that came out and said a woman “looked at as an option” as running mate.
Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, ‘Meet The VP’ — just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.
And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!
The timing of the announcement is now set for ‘coming weeks’.
All of this ends up being pure speculation. However many conservatives think this is not a good idea.
Katrina Trinko from National Review wrote, “I’m surprised. Both Rice’s views on abortion (she has said that she is “mildly pro-choice“) and her years in the Bush administration seem likely to generate controversy, while I’m not seeing any group of voters that she would automatically attract.”
HotAir blogger, Allahpundit wrote, “I don’t buy it. Problem one: Bush, Bush, Bush.” He also points to Rice’s views on abortion and thinks that Romney is wrong if he thinks it will help him on the ticket.
“The left will attack any woman and/or minority VP choice viciously as ‘inauthentic’ and illegitimate in order to avoid losing any women or minority votes to the GOP,” he continued.
Even talk show host mark Levin pointed out the danger of bringing Rice aboard with ties to Bush, calling it “bad politics.” “Not only will Romney be defending Bain up through the election, now he’s going to have to be defending Bush and Bush’s policies right up through the election,” he said. “This is a bad idea. No offense, Condi Rice.
“Pick a damn conservative who’s managed something,” he added. “You’ve got a strong bench to choose from and stop playing it safe.”
All I have to say is there was a reason that conservatives were not fully behind Mitt Romney from the ‘get go.’ It’s because of one thing: his record. For Romney to nominate someone like Condoleezza Rice should come as no shock at all to anyone who has followed the record. However, I tend to agree with Rush Limbaugh and think it is far too early for him to be announcing a running mate. He has to be officially nominated as the party’s nominee first.