In August 2006, when polls showed Condi as one of the top three potential presidential contenders for 2008, she said she was flattered, but felt she had another job to finish: “hoping that in the last two and a half years as secretary of state that I can help to advance the president’s vision for democracy.” Although Condi has said that she will not “run for president” there is a considerable difference between running and being asked by your party’s nominee to serve your country as vice president.
Beyond Republicans, there are other constituencies that embrace Condi. She remains popular in opinion polls of the American people—she’s especially popular with women and minorities. These groups are now divided by bickering inside the Democratic Party because of the nasty turn in the Obama vs. Clinton nomination fight. Sen. McCain could trump the historic nature of a Democratic ticket with either Obama or Clinton by selecting Condi.
It’s not a matter of Americans being ready for a woman or a black person to be president or vice president; it is a matter of finding the right individual for the job.
Condi is an optimist and visionary who inspires people with words of encouragement. Her beliefs about opportunity and equality ring true with most Americans, as do the themes which run through her life of hope, faith and perseverance, along with the values of education and hard work.
She has an amazing story to tell, and has demonstrated all her life that she can rise above the odds and achieve amazing feats. Born in the segregated south, few people better personify the American dream. Her father, John Rice, became a registered Republican only after being rejected by a racist Democratic Party official in Alabama.
Condoleezza Rice doesn’t need to seek positions because she is such an outstanding and qualified individual. She lets them find her, saying, “Everything I’ve done that’s been exciting was never planned.”
Hopefully, the most exciting job of her life will be offered to Condi by John McCain. It will energize his campaign. With Condi, the Republican Party--the party of Abraham Lincoln--can regain its historic place as the party of equality based on merit.
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