“The American Dream is being dealt with and considered on your own merits. In America it doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you’re going.” These words summarize Condoleezza Rice’s views on the American dream, and we believe that if Sen. John McCain is to win the difficult race he faces this fall, he should closely consider the merits of this most extraordinary woman as his running mate.
Recently we were in Washington, D.C. to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference and we couldn’t help but notice a certain buzz and excitement about one individual in particular. It wasn’t buzz about any of the presidential candidates, and they all attended. The buzz was about the possibility of Condoleezza Rice being chosen to strengthen the Republican ticket as vice president. Whenever her name came up, it was as if a light bulb went off in people’s minds. Their eyes looked up in thought, and then they said with a smile, “Yes, that’s a great idea!”
Much has been written about John McCain’s rift with conservatives. As a longtime conservative, Christian activist and author, I think he could re-energize excitement about his campaign with the single choice of Condi Rice as his running mate.
Talk about the same subject has started to hit the airwaves and television screens. Larry King recently said on his show, “I arrived in Washington today from New York . . . and the first thing you hear is rumors. And one of the rumors is that if McCain is the nominee, he might choose Condoleezza Rice as a running mate.”
People like Condi Rice, there’s no doubt about it. She’s a charismatic and articulate person with wonderful people skills. Americans like her because she is a brilliant woman who can stand up to anyone when the situation calls for it. An army of fans have watched her deal effectively with congressional critics on CSPAN. Her hours of testimony are the most articulate defense of Republican foreign policy to date. I doubt there is anyone who wouldn’t enjoy watching this woman in a debate.
She helps John McCain solidify the Republican base. One reason men love her is because she can talk sports as well as an ESPN commentator. The National Rifle Association loves her because of her eloquent defense of the second amendment. Christians love her because of her open and forthright faith. She came into view for many with her inspiring words of comfort in the dark days after 9/11.