U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the vice presidential nomination, according to Republican strategists.
ABC News in the U.S. reported that Republican strategist Dan Senor said Ms Rice had been actively campaigning for the vice presidency.
Mr Senor was reported as saying on the This Week with George Stephanopoulos program that she "has been cozying up to the Republican elite".
"There's this ritual in Washington: The Americans for Tax Reform . . . holds a weekly meeting of conservative leaders - about 100, 150 people," Mr Senor told the program. "They all typically get briefings from political conservative leaders.
"Ten days ago, they had an interesting visit - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - the first time a secretary of state has visited the Wednesday meeting."
Mr Senor said Ms Rice's history in public office would make her a prime candidate.
It's a great ad for Democrats: "9/11 and the clusterf#@k in Iraq happened under my watch and now you should make me one very old heartbeat away from being president!" It's interesting, it has parallel overtones to the story that John McCain actively sought the vice presidency with John Kerry. And it certainly will offset the conventional wisdom that John McCain (and the GOP in general) is lacking diversity. But RawStory says "not so fast..."