Rice Buzz Dominates Washington

Political observers are asking whether Mitt Romney could pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate a day after a story on the Drudge Report said she has emerged as the front-runner.

Strategists acknowledge picking the former Bush administration secretary of State would be a bold, unconventional choice that could broaden support for Romney among independents.

Yet many questioned whether floating Rice’s name as a front-runner was really aimed at shifting the political discussion from Romney’s tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital. Skeptics pointed to reasons why Rice could hurt a Romney ticket.

Count Republican strategist Ford O'Connell among the skeptics when it comes to Romney picking Rice.

“Team Romney appears to be looking for a running mate who is an experienced officeholder, can rally the base and play well in the suburbs. Given that Rice has ties to President George W. Bush, has never held elected office and her positions on abortion and immigration are to the left of Romney, I just don’t see how she fits that bill,” he said in an interview. “I think this is a clever diversion by the Romney folks to change the subject on what has clearly been an off-week for them.”

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