By Ben Johnson
TAMPA, August 31, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com)
– Mitt Romney vetted former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as his
vice presidential running mate, but turned her down because her
pro-choice, pro-homosexual views would split the party, according to
“Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney’s running mate,” an unnamed campaign source told RadarOnline.com.
Romney thought Rice would add foreign policy expertise “and he knew she
would help with the all important female vote and African American
The problem? Condoleeza Rice describes herself as “mildly pro-choice,”
favors some kind of legal recognition for homosexual unions, held a
prominent post in the unpopular George W. Bush administration, backs
Affirmative Action, and may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
“Mitt’s advisers talked him out of it, because Condi is pro-choice
and she isn’t willing to change her position on the controversial
issue,” the source said.
These advisers reportedly told the former Massachusetts governor
“ultra conservative support” would “immediately be lost” if he chose
That proved to be good advice. After rumors surfaced that Rice had been vetted for veep, values voters sparked a rebellion.
Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List called Rice “an
unqualified candidate,” and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council
described her candidacy as “a non-starter.” Conservative activist
Richard Viguerie encouraged his readers to call the Romney campaign to
talk them out of offering Rice the number two spot.
Instead, Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a selection that left many pro-life leaders thrilled.
Rice still graced the platform at the Republican National Convention
the same night as John McCain, the 2008 nominee who attempted to dilute
the GOP’s pro-life plank four years ago.
The former Bush-41 adviser may still harbor political ambitions.
According to the source, she is thinking seriously about running for
governor of California, where Republicans often hold pro-abortion and