Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “brings gravitas” and would be a “qualified” vice presidential candidate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday on CNBC.
“She is a good friend. I’m a big fan of Condi Rice. She brings a lot of gravitas to whatever situation she can,” he said in an appearance on “The Kudlow Report.”
Pressed to say whether he was endorsing the former Bush administration official for the spot, Cantor demurred.
“I think — I think there are a lot of people that are qualified,” he said. “Certainly she’d be qualified.”
Rice, for her part, has said she would not take the job.
“I know what I’m not cut out to do,” she said, according to a story on NBC Bay Area.
A recent CNN poll found that Rice topped the list of possible names to run alongside presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with 26 percent of poll respondents making her their top pick. Former Sen. Rick Santorum followed, with 21 percent.
Cantor previously expressed support for Gov. Bob McDonnell, a fellow Virginian.
Asked by host Larry Kudlow whether Romney should pick a running mate well in advance, Cantor said it was the former Massachusetts governor’s choice.