The Fix: Condoleezza Rice

The veepstakes: Condi’s up, Portman and McDonnell feel the love (VIDEO)

Could Condoleezza Rice help Mitt Romney win the election?

Two new polls show that as Romney’s running mate, the former secretary of state, would help him close the gap both nationally and in Pennsylvania, moving him up 4 and 6 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rob Portman’s state GOP chairman says his guy would do the same in Ohio, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets a little on-the-record love from Romney’s top vice presidential adviser.

It’s all in our weekly installment of who’s up and who’s down in the veepstakes...

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The Condoleezza Rice effect

Condoleezza Rice isn’t likely to be Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, but a new poll suggests that she would be a big help if she were.

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice answers questions from reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., on April 17. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP) (Rogelio V. Solis - AP)
The former secretary of state is the clear choice of Republican voters to be Romney’s vice president, according to a new Fox News poll that shows her garnering the support of 30 percent of them. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is second with 19 percent.

The more interesting number, though, is what Rice could do for Romney on the ballot.

While President Obama leads Romney overall 45 percent to 41 percent, adding Rice to Romney’s ticket shifts many of the remaining undecided voters to the Republican side, creating a 46 percent to 46 percent tie.

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Condoleezza Rice for vice president? Nope (still).

Speculation about Condoleezza Rice’s vice presidential hopes has gone through the roof thanks to a Drudge Report banner headline late Thursday saying the former secretary of state now leads the list of contenders.

Consider us skeptical ... at best.

The Fix has already sorted through the evidence when it comes to Rice and Mitt Romney’s No. 2 slot. Below is a snippet of what The Fix Boss wrote a couple weeks back (and see the whole piece here):

Combine the coverage of the last few days together and, voila!, you have an emerging storyline that Condi could well be the best vice presidential pick for Romney.
Except that it isn’t going to happen. It just isn’t.

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Condoleezza Rice for vice president? Nope.

It’s happening again. Chatter is rising in political (and non-political) circles about the prospect of Bush Administration Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice being tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee this fall.

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice talks to reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., on April 17.
Much of the Condi buzz is attributable to her reported star turn over the weekend at a Park City, Utah retreat for donors and supporters of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Wrote ABC’s Shushannah Walshe and Arlette Saenz:

“Many of those same attendees said the star speaker of the weekend was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who received a standing ovation. Ambassador Charles Cobb, who served as ambassador to Iceland from 1989 to 1992, said Rice was ‘spectacular’ and described her as a ‘very bright, sophisticated, articulate lady.’”

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