Over the weekend, Condoleezza Rice wowed Republicans at a retreat for Romney donors in Utah, sparking some speculation that she might be on Romney's list of potential running mates. But Rice sought to tamp down that speculation in an interiew with CBS this morning.
"I didn't run for student council president; I don't see myself in any way in elective office. I love policy, I'm not particularly fond of politics," Rice said. "I'm saying there is no way I will do this, because it's really not me. I know my strengths and weaknesses.”
Christian Heinze notes that even if Romney were interested in offering in the job, and Rice wanted to take it, Rice's position on abortion could remove her from consideration. Romney has pledged to pick a pro-life running mate, and in 2008 Rice described herself as "moderately pro-choice" and said she believes that in general abortionshould be legal. The odds of a Republican picking a pro-choice nominee are about the same as a Democrat picking a pro-life nominee. (Then again, there are countless examples of politicians in each party bringing their views on the issue into alignment with their party's position.)
Rice, who opposed the surge in Iraq, has also faced criticism from conservatives for her foreign policy record.