Don't Dismiss Romney-Rice Ticket Just Yet If he is considering a woman, she's probably the one: Bill Kristol By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 6, 2012 2:03 PM CDT 42 comments Comments Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions from reporters in Clinton, Miss., April 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Newser) – The smart money is still on Mitt Romney picking someone from the Ryan-Rubio-Portman-Pawlenty camp as his VP, but yesterday's tease from Ann Romney that a woman is under consideration prompted Bill Kristol to rethink the prospects of Condoleezza Rice. Sure, Sen. Kelly Ayotte or New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez are possibilities, but Kristol thinks those are "risky picks" given their lack of experience, he writes at the Weekly Standard. "No, the woman Ann Romney likely has in mind is Condoleezza Rice," and it makes sense because she "offers an unusual combination of being at once a reassuring pick (she served at the highest levels of the federal government for eight years) and an exciting one." As for the small matter of Rice saying she's not interested, keep in mind that Dick Cheney was saying the same thing way back when, he adds. Still, it's a long shot, and Kristol's best guess remains Paul Ryan.