Supporters Back Condi in '08

'We're going to draft her like Eisenhower,' enthusiasts say, despite her demurrals
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 8:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Condoleeza Rice has a campaign manager and a campaign bus, even though she's not running for president, thanks to Crystal Drueker, a die-hard backer of the secretary of state who won't  take no for an answer. Based out of her mobile home—"The Condi Mobile"—Drueker launched the group ThinkCondi and is on the road drumming up support, Salon reports.

A Rice candidacy had picked up steam in 2005, when she was tauted as the GOP answer to Hillary Clinton. But then came the mid-term elections, which tarnished the reputations of anyone associated with Bush. Drueker thinks she still has a chance, as Republicans are dissatisfied with current candidates. Rice could reach the "second or even first tier," says one pollster.