Sources close to former Secretary of State in the Bush 43 Administration, Condoleeza Rice, are saying she was thoroughly vetted to be the vice-presidential running mate for the GOP presidential nominee; however, her moderate/liberal political stances on key social issues led Romney to reject her. “Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney running mate and turned over financial records, including tax returns,” an anonymous source close to Rice reported.
“Mitt thought she would add much needed foreign policy experience to the ticket, thinks she is incredibly bright and he knew she would help with the all important female vote and African American support.” Rice seemed to be a perfect fit for the GOP presidential nominee ticket, until Romney’s advisers disagreed with Rice’s stance on abortion and same s*x civil unions.
Romney struggled to acquire the support of the ultra conservative GOP and was told if he picked Rice, he’d lose their support. ”Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate,” the source claims. Rice would not have been a poor choice for a vice-presidential running mate. She carved a unique path of success being the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American, and the second woman. She was also President Bush’s National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.