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Romney: Christie 'Could Easily Become Our Nominee and Save Our Party’ [barf alert]
CNS News ^ | 11/3/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 11/03/2013 6:55:45 PM PST by markomalley

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he believed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.”

Christie most recently made national news when he decided to drop a legal challenge to rulings in New Jersey state courts that declared same-sex marriage legal there. And not long before that, he changed his position on the question of whether illegal aliens should get in-state tuition rates at New Jersey state colleges. Now he backs legislation that would give that privilege to illegal aliens.

These two moves won Christie a recent article from the Los Angeles Times that described him as having "staked his place near the political middle ground."

Romney’s statement that Christie could “save our party” came even as Time Magazine’s website published an excerpt from the upcoming book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that was featured above the masthead on the Drudge Report, and that describes a Republican vice presidential vetting process that resulted in Romney himself deciding not choosing Christie as his vice presidential running mate.

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory on Sunday asked Romney about the revelations in this book.

“Well, I know that the vetting people who went through that analysis and put together their report laid everything out,” Romney told Gregory, according to NBC’s transcript of the program. “But, frankly, there was nothing they found that wasn't already part of the public record and that hadn't already been dealt with effectively by Chris Christie. So there was nothing new there.”

A moment later, Romney  said: “Chris, by the way, could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. They don't come better than Chris Christie.”

“Look, I know that the Democrats will try and go after him, if he's our nominee, in every way they can,” said Romney. “But you can't argue with the kind of success he's had. He's been a governor, he's about to win I think on Tuesday pretty solidly, and his record as governor really stands out. I mean, New Jersey, after all, is a very blue state. He's a very popular governor in a very blue state; that's the kind of popularity and the kind of track record the Republican Party needs if we're going to take back the White House.”

Gregory asked Romney if he thought Christie was the “odds-on-favorite” to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

“Well, I think it's kind of early to say who's the most electable and who would be the most effective candidate,” said Romney. “But at this stage, you look at Chris Christie and say, That's a very impressive guy, with a great track record, with a demonstrated ability to work across the aisle, with support of labor and blue-collar voters in New Jersey. It's a pretty compelling story. And there are some other very compelling stories: Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio.

“I mean, there's a long list of very capable people,” said Romney. “But Chris Christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights in the Republican Party.”

When pushed, Romney said he was “not going to disqualify” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, whom he had omitted from his list of possible Republican candidates with “very compelling stories.”

“Does Ted Cruz stand out to you as a potential light of the Republican Party?” asked Gregory.

“I'm not going to disqualify anybody,” said Romney. :But I think I've indicated some of the names that I think are most effective in becoming elected, and we'll see where it goes.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: New Jersey; US: Texas
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If that fat loudmouth slob "saves" the GOP then the GOP is not worth saving.
1 posted on 11/03/2013 6:55:45 PM PST by markomalley
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To: mkjessup

How do ya feel about yer POSCINO boy now?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2920626/posts?page=1551#1551

What are you doing back? I thought you went outside to vomit.
***It takes a long time to vomit. Are you proud of the damage you’ve done to conservatism? You gonna tell me to GTFO now? Your boy didn’t win against an incumbent with the worst economy since the Great Depression, and you went around hounding conservatives on a conservative forum over a lying, baby-killing, gun grabbing statist (to quote Jimrob).

Later on, Jimrob said you were being a pr**k, so have you learned your lesson? Are you a conservative, or are you a republican?


2 posted on 11/03/2013 6:57:48 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: markomalley

move along....nothing to see here......


3 posted on 11/03/2013 6:58:04 PM PST by Hogblog
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To: markomalley

Hey Romney—if Krispy is so wonderful, why didn’t you put him on your ticket when you had the chance?


4 posted on 11/03/2013 6:58:14 PM PST by MNGal
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To: markomalley

Yeah, Christie would do better than Romney because ...... um ...... well ...... That said, I think he could actually win the independent vote, just like Romney did.


5 posted on 11/03/2013 6:58:36 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: markomalley

Would the Rhino factory please shut down and stop delivery?


6 posted on 11/03/2013 6:59:05 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: markomalley

I’m voting for Hillary if Fatso is the nominee.


7 posted on 11/03/2013 6:59:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: markomalley
Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.”

I can imagine that the GOPe will be able to rig the nomination process so that Christie will become the nominee.

But it will destroy the Republican Party, because the base will run as from the Plague.

Total destruction for the GOP.

8 posted on 11/03/2013 6:59:27 PM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: markomalley

save it from what, exactly,you freaking rino?


9 posted on 11/03/2013 6:59:36 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: markomalley

Amazing. With him, it’s about saving The Party.


10 posted on 11/03/2013 6:59:39 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: onyx

Get a load of this.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 7:00:42 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: dfwgator

i’m writing in someone if fatbastard newjersey is the nominee.


12 posted on 11/03/2013 7:00:55 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: markomalley

I dont know whats worse, having 20 million illegals get amnesty or seeing lard ass as the GOP nominee in 2016..either way this country is screwed


13 posted on 11/03/2013 7:01:07 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: markomalley

Now if I could get Jeb’s and Rove’s thoughts, my perfect day would be complete.


14 posted on 11/03/2013 7:02:34 PM PST by EEGator
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To: markomalley

When the AP reported the same thing, they tried to make it appear that Romney was putting Cruz down specifically.


15 posted on 11/03/2013 7:02:39 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: markomalley

If Mitt means by “save” making the GOP as relevant as the Whigs, then “yes”.


16 posted on 11/03/2013 7:02:56 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: EEGator

And I’m sure Meghan’s Dad will chime in soon.


17 posted on 11/03/2013 7:03:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: markomalley

I’m not voting for him


18 posted on 11/03/2013 7:03:29 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: markomalley
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19 posted on 11/03/2013 7:03:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EEGator

BTW did they fire Muschamp, yet?


20 posted on 11/03/2013 7:04:12 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: markomalley
But Chris Christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights in the Republican Party.”

thats heavy man

satire at its best

or sh** for shat

21 posted on 11/03/2013 7:04:23 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: markomalley

Since when is changing the centuries-old definition of marriage into something that was never dreamed of even 30 years ago the “middle ground?” That is a radical, extremist position.


22 posted on 11/03/2013 7:04:58 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Black Agnes

I read this earlier on another thread.
Romney is a loser wanting another loser.
NO MORE IDIOT LOSER RINOS!


23 posted on 11/03/2013 7:05:27 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: markomalley

Seems like Ann Coulter’s boyfriends are looking out for each other.


24 posted on 11/03/2013 7:05:28 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: markomalley

The demorats are so destroyed by their lies and the human holocaust of obama care that NOW IS THE TIME TO PROMOTE A REAL AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE!! No more mush mouth RINOs None. Christie has huge background problems and he is way too fat. No more bushes— no more karl Roves,no more Romneys.No more Scott Browns. They have led this party to destruction. We take this party !!!Get out of our party. No more French Republicrats yielding and giving up. Time to stand and fight. We are sick of “pale pastels”. Defeat McConnell. Get rid of Boner. Remove Gramnesty!! NOW!!


25 posted on 11/03/2013 7:05:34 PM PST by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: markomalley
This new book on the campaign comes out and details the nightmare the Romney campaign had in dealing with Christie.

Now this endorsement? Does Romney know hes poison and he's giving Christie the kiss of death?

26 posted on 11/03/2013 7:05:39 PM PST by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: BradyLS

“Amazing. With him, it’s about saving The Party.”

WE HAVE A WINNER.

Was waiting for someone to save it.


27 posted on 11/03/2013 7:06:47 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: markomalley
“I'm not going to disqualify anybody,” said Romney. :But I think I've indicated some of the names that I think are most effective in becoming elected, and we'll see where it goes.”

And he's an expert on getting elected...why again?

28 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:01 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: headstamp 2

Save=say


29 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:18 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: JediJones

Delusional


30 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:21 PM PST by GeronL
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To: markomalley

I’m out.


31 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:26 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: markomalley

This mind numbed bloviating needs a triple barf alert


32 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:39 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends; Black Agnes



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33 posted on 11/03/2013 7:07:58 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: markomalley
Christie refused to attack Obama during his Convention address, then Christie hugged Obama after Hurricane Sandy!

Christie is a back stabbing, selfish jerk. He is NOT on anyone else’s team but his own.

34 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:06 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: JediJones

“middle ground” means surrender to the radicals


35 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:07 PM PST by GeronL
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To: markomalley
The GOPe is LOST!.

Well past time to withdraw.

36 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:17 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: dfwgator

How could I forget the Maverick? I’m sure we’ll hear from him soon.


37 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:22 PM PST by EEGator
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To: markomalley

Romeny (sicK) has no valid voice on defeating ‘Rats due to his role in Romenycare, and his effective removal of big-government health insurance as a campaign issue. So, it follows that his prime recommendation for 2016 would be a republican who would also effectively remove big-gov health insurance from the 2016 campaign - a blue-state ‘R’ governor who refused to join 36 states in 0care lawsuits, and who prides himself on working with 0’ and his ‘Rats.


38 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:22 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: dfwgator

Not yet unfortunately. I’d be amazed if he’s there next season.


39 posted on 11/03/2013 7:09:13 PM PST by EEGator
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To: markomalley

40 posted on 11/03/2013 7:10:28 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: markomalley

I wouldn’t vote for that loud mouth socialist sack of blubber if you put a gun t my head.


41 posted on 11/03/2013 7:10:47 PM PST by dalereed
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To: markomalley

I’m not even sure we will have elections in 2016.


42 posted on 11/03/2013 7:11:00 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: EEGator

I can’t even stand to look at him on the sidelines, he just looks like a total buffoon.

I probably going to root for the old Head Ball Coach when they play them....I’d rather see South Carolina win the East....and if it puts the nail in Muschamp’s coffin, all the better.


43 posted on 11/03/2013 7:11:04 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: markomalley
I happen to think Romney is right. Christie is exactly what the GOPE is salivating to nominate. Then as I have said before, he can lose like Romney. Lose like McCain, And lose like Dole.
That to them will be a wonderful thing.
44 posted on 11/03/2013 7:11:50 PM PST by Tupelo ( Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. An old Republican Tradition.)
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To: dfwgator

Agreed.


45 posted on 11/03/2013 7:12:00 PM PST by EEGator
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To: markomalley

If Christie becomes the GOP candidate in 16 then the GOP loses again.
After 8 years of that idiot Obama no conservative is going to vote for someone that kissed Obama ass............
No RINOS in 2016! I will not vote for the lesser of two evils anymore........


46 posted on 11/03/2013 7:12:56 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: rollo tomasi
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47 posted on 11/03/2013 7:13:12 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Yep the media will praise Christie right up until the nomination, and turn on him just as quickly afterwards, just as they did with Romney.


48 posted on 11/03/2013 7:14:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: markomalley
I just read a story about Romney's campaign staff being shocked at the mess in Chubby’s background. They claimed it was so bad the they would have destroyed his political career if he was running against Romney.
49 posted on 11/03/2013 7:15:35 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: markomalley

Ummmm ......

How about “NO”???

Wait ....

Make that Hell NO!!!


50 posted on 11/03/2013 7:16:23 PM PST by NorthMountain
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