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Validity for Draft Condi Movement?

Was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's interview with Fitness magazine part of a public relations effort to get her on the 2008 GOP presidential ticket?

We have to wonder. Especially now that Dan Senor, a former foreign policy advisor to President Bush, floated the idea of Condi for Veep on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

Senor, the former chief spokesman for coalition forces in Baghdad, said, "Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this."

(Talk of Condi on the '08 GOP ticket is, of course, upsetting to the folks in Minnesota, whose governor, Tim Pawlenty -- or T-Paw, as they call him -- is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Sen. John McCain.)

The seemingly off-the-wall "Draft Condi" movement of last year seems to be getting traction after all.

Last year, Jim Wilkinson, a former top aide to Secretary Rice who is currently chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, told us: "I, like a lot of people, have begged Condi to run. Consider me a card-carrying member of the Draft Condi movement." (And to think that back then we thought he was joking!)

McCain himself professes to be clueless about any such effort by Rice to be the Arizona senator's running mate.

"I missed those signals," McCain told reporters on his campaign plane Sunday. Though he went on to praise the secretary of state, saying, "I think she's a great American, I think there's very little that I can say that isn't anything but the utmost praise for a great American citizen, who served as a role model to so many millions of people in this country and around the world."

Hmmm, sounds like McCain is warming up to the idea of Condi for veep...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 7, 2008; 10:27 AM ET
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