Today, If Mitt Romney were to ask Republicans who he should pick as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election, voters said Condoleezza Rice, a new poll finds.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday found 26% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents "said they would like to see Rice, who served as national security adviser and later as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, as the Republican vice presidential nominee."
The poll asked voters to choose from eight names who could be among the two dozen or so potential running mates that the Romney campaign may be considering as the vice presidential nominee, according to CNN.
The prize for second place in the survey, at 21%, was Rick Santorum.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were each at 14%, with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 8%, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 5%, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 1% and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at less than one half of one percent.
Why did Rice arrive at #1?
"Name recognition is the key," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Rice and Santorum are best known and they top the overall wish list."
But supporters of the tea party have a different opinion.
The poll indicates that Rubio, at 22%, and Christie, at 18%, top the list of tea party supporters, with Rice and Santorum dropping into a tie for third place.
What does Rice think?
The Associated Press reports that Rice said thanks, but no thanks.
Rice told reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton she was honored to hold the high-ranking position under former President George W. Bush.
"I love all things international," Rice said at a news conference. "I got to be secretary of state in what I believe to be the most powerful, most compassionate, freest country in the world."
But Rice also said "she would not be interested in joining Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate," according to the AP.
Still, many voters reflected on the possibility of a Romney-Rice 2012 Ticket.
"Condi is simply the most qualified candidate for VP," one voter said. "Her foreign policy experience and intelligence are without equal. She has executive experience in the private sector. Imagine her as VP for 8 years and then becoming the first woman President in 2020?"
Others weren't so optimistic.
"The GOP really has to be kidding, right?" said another on Politico. "Is this their sorry answer to address the GOP war on women?"
"Better than a good idea," another commenter said on USA Today's site. "Not only does it obliterate the “war on women” meme once and for all, it may also draw in some of the black vote."
We want to hear what you think
Should Mitt Romney try changing Condi Rice's mind and choose her as his running mate? Or would he be better off going with someone else? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!