Aide says Condoleezza Rice still not interested in being vice president

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Condoleezza Rice’s chief of staff told The Daily Caller on Friday that the former Secretary of State still isn’t interested in being the GOP’s vice president nominee despite reports that she has emerged as a front-runner for the position.

“No new comment on the story,” aide Georgia Godfrey told The Daily Caller. “I will say though that her previous remarks on the situation still stand.”

The Drudge Report posted a story Thursday night citing sources saying that Rice is “now near the top” of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential shortlist.

But just last month, Rice said she didn’t want to be on the ticket. “ I don’t see myself in any way in elective office,” she said at the time.

“There is no way that I will do this because it’s really not me,” Rice said. “I know my strengths and weaknesses.”

While Rice’s experience in foreign policy would be appealing to Romney, it’s believed that Rice holds pro-choice views on abortion, which is often seen as a litmus-test issue for Republicans seeking national office among the party’s conservative base.

At a candidate forum last September, Romney indicated that his running mate would need to be pro-life.

“That person would share my views,” Romney said when asked if his running mate would have to agree with him on abortion.

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