Condoleezza Rice's Name Surfaces, Then Fades, As Romney VP Pick

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's name surfaced briefly as a possible vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, but faded quickly as an aide said on Friday she was still not interested in the position.

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.

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 seems an unlikely choice for Romney.

Analysts said members of Romney's team might have floated the Rice speculation as a way to change the subject after a week in which Democratic attacks on Romney's record as a private equity executive at Bain Capital have dominated campaign news.

"I think this is a clever diversion by the Romney folks after what has clearly been an off week for them," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said.

Read more from Patricia Zengerle at Reuters

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