Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wowed Romney donors at a campaign retreat in June, and the boss wondered last week whether Rice might be one of the women Romney is considering as a running mate. But picking Rice would be problematic for Romney because that would either require Romney to break his pledge to pick a pro-life VP or require Rice to change her position on abortion.

Rice has described her views on the issue as "mildly pro-choice." She said in a 2008 60 Minutes interview: "I myself am someone who believes strongly in parental notification. ... I'm against late-term abortion, which is, I think, really very cruel." But, Rice added, "I have not wanted to see the law changed because it's an area that I worry about the government being involved in."

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