With the Republican National Convention looming in the not-too-distant future, the next major move from Donald Trump will be his Vice Presidential selection. Choosing an "establishment" running mate could prove to be a good strategy for Trump, helping him soothe Republicans experiencing trepidations over his nationalistic, anti-establishment discourse.
Condoleezza Rice could be just the person for the job. The current political science professor at Stanford is, in many ways, the very antithesis of Donald Trump. She has foreign policy experience, a history of working for a Republican administration as George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, and the potential to galvanize the general electorate with her reputation as a pragmatist and status as an African-American woman.
Adding Condoleezza Rice to the ticket could unify the Republican Party by allaying the concerns of GOP leadership and expanding the tent of possible general election voters. Rice’s campaign contributions over the past 20 years reflect her close ties with the party leadership -- support for establishment conservatives (Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan) and business leaders (Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman).
There is one major problem with this plan: Condoleezza Rice does not want to be the Vice President. “Dr. Rice has repeatedly said in past cycles as well as this one, she’s not interested in being Vice President," Rice's chief of staff, Georgia Godfrey, said in a statement. "She’s happy at Stanford and plans to stay.” However, it has almost become a rite of passage for potential running mates to deny interest in the VP post, regardless of whether or not they would actually accept the position. If Trump’s campaign comes knocking on Rice’s door, deciding that her advantages are too numerous to pass up, Rice could be swayed to leave Palo Alto for another possible spot in the White House.