​Romney VP Unlikely Condoleezza Rice As Running Mate

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July 13, 2012

Mitt Romney’s choice for VP is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, at least that’s the rumor, but it seems very unlikely that is the choice for the Republican GOP running mate.

The Drudge Report reported on Thursday that Rice was a front-runner for the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket, prompting endorsements by some leading conservatives, according to Reuters.

Romney’s campaign has not commented. But the candidate and his advisers have acknowledged they are considering naming his choice some weeks earlier than the traditional time around the Republican National Convention, which will be held in late August.

An aide to Rice, who is now at Stanford University in California, said she was standing by previous statements that she was not interested in the position. “Nothing has changed,” Georgia Godfrey, Rice’s chief of staff, said in an email.

Rice said in an interview with CBS News last month that she would not seek the vice presidency. “I don’t see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I’m not particularly fond of politics,” she said in the interview on June 26.

While she is personally popular and would beef up the foreign policy credentials of the former governor of Massachusetts, Rice has never held elected office and is to the left of the likely Republican nominee on hot-button domestic policy issues.