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Who Will be the Next U.S. Vice President? Giuliani? Edwards?...or Historic first Black Female V.P. Condi Rice!
History is in the making. The Republican nomination battle is over... John McCain will likely be the GOP standard bearer... Now the question turns to, “Who will be the V.P?
Although speculation abounds that Giuliani or Edwards could be the veep picks. But only Condi Rice offers the type of historic choice for VP nominee that can confront either Hillary, as both the FIRST FEMALE U.S. VICE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY as well as the FIRST BLACK U.S.VICE PRESIDENT INHISTORY!
Discussing this issue is New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Beth Brown, author of “Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia” (Thomas Nelson, Feb. 2008) and author of a prior bestselling book on President Ronald Reagan.
During your Talk Show, historian/author Mary Beth Brown puts the matter in perspective, saying, “This year’s historic campaign is sure to be dominated by issues of race and gender, with Condi the Republican party can regain its historic place as the party of equality based on merit. Condi is the logical choice."
The following is an article written by Mary Beth Brown explaining her opinion that Condi is the logical choice for V.P.
Condoleezza Rice Can Help the Republican Party
By Mary Beth Brown
With Governor Mitt Romney’s win in Michigan, the Republican nomination battle is wide open. A different man has won each of the first three contests, and none of the prospective GOP standard bearers is an odds on favorite. In fact we believe to that for any of these men to be successful they will need to look to a special woman for help. That woman is Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
There's an old tradition in America, dating back to George Washington, that men--and now women--of presidential quality don't seek the presidency. But with the exception of General William T. Sherman, who famously said that if he was nominated he would not run, and if elected he would not serve, saying "no" to the White House run has pretty assuredly meant "yes." In recent years, the act of declining the presidential race is more a political calculation than a sign of magnanimity.
But with Condi, there is a record of magnanimity that suggests she may be different. Condoleezza Rice doesn't seek positions. She lets them find her, saying “Everything I’ve done that’s been exciting was never planed.”
For now, she has said her plans after serving as Secretary of State are to return to California and teach at Stanford. As she told a classroom of schoolchildren in California, "I hope to see some of you at Stanford when I get back." When Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press asked Condi in March 2005 if she would run for President, she replied, "Tim, I don't want to run for president of the United States." Russert continued to probe for a final answer, and she said, "I will not run for president of the United States. How is that? I don't know how many ways to say `no' in this town. I really don't."
W hen polls in August 2006 showed Condi as one of the top three potential presidential contenders for 2008, she told reporters that she was flattered but said she was “hoping that in these last two and a half years as Secretary of State that I can help to advance the president's vision for democracy."
Although Condi has said that she will not run for president, it is likely that any Republican nominee could ask Condi to serve as a candidate for vice president. Condi has proven herself a loyal member of the Bush team, a skilled diplomat, a fine teacher and administrator, a woman of character and faith who exhibits grace under fire. She has also shown she can deal effectively with any crisis. Not only that, Condi has the rare and priceless ability to lead and inspire nations. Of course, she's a black woman too. If she were elected, it would be a triumph of the principles on which the nation was founded.
Who would have thought, when Condi was growing up in Birmingh am in the 1950s and 1960s, that one day a little black girl would grow up to be presidential or vice presidential material? In 1776, it would have been almost unthinkable. But the principles of 1776 outlasted the prejudices of the day. The central idea of the Declaration of Independence is that all human beings are "created equal" and "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" has survived, and thrived.
The success of Condi Rice is a testimony to the resilience of America's principles, principles that Condi believes are true for all people in the world. Condi also believes that America is not on a mission to remake the world in its image, but to advance the ideals common to all men and women. It just so happens that America was founded on these principles. At the end of the day, it is not because of one's racial group or socioeconomic class or creed that he or she is entitled to the rights that come from God. Condi told a group of black journalists in 2002: "Who you are is who you are as an individual".
Condi has demonstrated all her life that she could rise above the odds and achieve amazing feats. Few people better personify the American dream. Rice says she has learned in life “not to look that far ahead; to do what you’re doing, do it well, and see what comes next.” Not only that, she says, “If you constantly concentrate on a five-year plan, then you might miss an opportunity to do something far more interesting. Everything I’ve done that’s been exciting was never planed.” Hopefully the most exciting job to date will be offered to Condoleezza Rice by a Republican nominee that needs to energize his campaign.
Condoleezza Rice’s life turns out to be like playing connect-the-dots. All the ingredients to be an excellent VP are there, they just need to be attached. When you connect all the dots in her life, they add up to becoming the Republican candidate for vice president.
Mary Beth Brown is a bestselling author and speaker. Her latest book, Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia is featured at http://www.condibook.com
ABOUT Mary Beth Brown…
Mary Beth Brown is a bestselling author and speaker. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling book, Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan.
In 1988, working from her kitchen table with her husband Floyd, they founded Citizens United. Today Citizens United is one of America's most effective and recognized citizen advocacy organizations.
A graduate of the University of Washington, she was a founder of the Mothers Campaign for Family in that state. She has been a delegate to several Republican conventions and has testified before the Washington State Senate on education, child and family issues.
She has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio shows including CNN, FOX News, The O’Reilly Factor, Brit Hume, MSNBC, and others. She currently resides in Unive rsity Place, Washington, with her husband, Floyd Brown, and their three children.
Mary Beth Brown Interview Questions:
Q: Why did you write Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia?
A: Condi Rice is a fascinating person and her life lessons can help everyone. Condi’s words of wisdom had real impact on my own life. I want to help other people and I could achieve that goal by telling Condi Rice’s amazing story. It is a story most Americans have never heard because of Condi’s own modesty. Her life story reads like a novel. She is a woman who overcomes tremendous obstacles and is successful despite great odds. She was born in the segregated south of Birmingham, Alabama in a time of violence and upheaval. Because of her own determination and drive, today she is the most powerful woman in the world. She is an inspiration to all of us.
Q: What is the most surprising thing you learned about Condi?
A: Condi’s optimism surprised me. I immediately recognized similarities between Condi and other great optimists from history. I love this quote by her: “I have a very, very powerful faith in God… and I don’t believe that I was put on this earth to be sour, so I’m eternally optimistic about things.” Condi describes herself as a “practical idealist” and one thing she really hates is pessimism. I took away from a speech I heard last year this nugget: “good things take a long time.” Condi believes we need to be patient and we need to have optimism for a bright future. Great achievements don’t happen overnight. She uses several examples of this, including the founding of America, the end of slavery in the United States and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Q: What is the most important life lesson Condi taught you?
A: That’s a hard one to answer because there are so many things that I learned writing about Condi. But if I had to pick one life lesson it would be: don’t dwell to o long on bad situations and the past. She likes to say, “Life is too short.” One of her favorite sayings is, “Get over it. Move on to the next thing.” Condi says something else that works for her “is not to look that far ahead; to do what you’re doing, do it well, and see what comes next.” Condi is disciplined, stays focused on the current job before her, and she doesn’t worry about the future. This is excellent advice.
Q: How is your book different from the other books on Condi?
A: My book is positive and uplifting while being informative. Other recent books have been written by journalists who get too bogged down with foreign policy details. Some of the books attack Condi because of her courage and willingness to reject the agenda of the old fashioned liberal black leadership. I have combed through thousands of pages of research about Condi and I wrote a story which paints a picture. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to go through boring de tails. I have taken only the choice bits of information. Condi: Life of a Steel Magnolia reads like a novel about an inspirational woman. It is a true story from which we can all learn.