Could Condoleezza Rice, who preceded Hillary Clinton as the U.S. secretary of state, be the next Joe Biden?

A new CNN poll finds that 26% of Republican voters support Mitt Romney selecting Rice, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election. Other contenders? Rick Santorum, obviously; there are also several hoping that Romney will opt for Governor Bobby Jindal or senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio.

We had kind of let Condoleezza slip our minds, style-wise, as she's been keeping a semi-low profile since her White House days. The last time we saw Rice was at Glamour's 2011 Women of the Year awards, where she donned a festive silver suit and presented a trophy to former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

But looking back, we really admire Rice's style, which combines stately sophistication with a hint of flair. For business, Rice sometimes opts for the standard neutral pantsuit, but other times she changes it up, selecting professional wear in peach or donning a marching band-inspired black and white blazer.

Also, since she attended a lot of galas during her time at the White House, we've seen Rice in a host of eveningwear in shades of emerald green and her favorite bright red. For concerts (she's a classically trained pianist), Rice usually opts for traditional black. And, the former secretary is practical: she wore a gold gown to the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors and then repeated it at Glamour's 2008 Women of the Year Awards. We love it.

So what can we expect sartorially if Condi takes the White House? Hopefully more regal gowns and adventurous suits. We'll be watching.

See Condoleeza Rice's stately style below:

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  • 2002, NAACP Image Awards

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  • 2002, National Medal of Arts Award Ceremony

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  • 2004, Kennedy Center Honors

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  • 2005, World Refugee Day with Angelina Jolie

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  • 2005, Global Business Coalition Gala Awards Dinner with Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie

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  • 2005, Meeting Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman

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  • 2006, meeting the French foreign minister

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  • 2006, with President Bush

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  • 2006, National Prayer Breakfast

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  • 2006, Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Event

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  • 2006, Kennedy Center Dinner

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  • 2007, Hosting Queen Elizabeth at the White House

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  • 2007, Kennedy Center Honors

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  • 2008, Glamour Women of the Year

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  • 2009, ESPY Awards

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  • 2010, performing with Aretha Franklin

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  • 2011, Wimbledon

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  • 2011, Glamour Women of the Year with Laura Bush & Bush twins

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  • November 2011, Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

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  • July 2012, London 2012 Olympics

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