Skip to comments.Romney: Christie 'Could Easily Become Our Nominee and Save Our Party’ [barf alert]
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 NBCs 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."
Romneys statement that Christie could save our party came even as Time Magazines 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 NBCs 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.
How do ya feel about yer POSCINO boy now?
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 youve done to conservatism? You gonna tell me to GTFO now? Your boy didnt 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?
move along....nothing to see here......
Hey Romney—if Krispy is so wonderful, why didn’t you put him on your ticket when you had the chance?
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.
Would the Rhino factory please shut down and stop delivery?
I’m voting for Hillary if Fatso is the nominee.
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.
save it from what, exactly,you freaking rino?
Amazing. With him, it’s about saving The Party.
Get a load of this.
i’m writing in someone if fatbastard newjersey is the nominee.
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
Now if I could get Jeb’s and Rove’s thoughts, my perfect day would be complete.
When the AP reported the same thing, they tried to make it appear that Romney was putting Cruz down specifically.
If Mitt means by “save” making the GOP as relevant as the Whigs, then “yes”.
And I’m sure Meghan’s Dad will chime in soon.
I’m not voting for him
BTW did they fire Muschamp, yet?
thats heavy man
satire at its best
or sh** for shat
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.
I read this earlier on another thread.
Romney is a loser wanting another loser.
NO MORE IDIOT LOSER RINOS!
Seems like Ann Coulter’s boyfriends are looking out for each other.
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!!
Now this endorsement? Does Romney know hes poison and he's giving Christie the kiss of death?
“Amazing. With him, its about saving The Party.”
WE HAVE A WINNER.
Was waiting for someone to save it.
And he's an expert on getting elected...why again?
This mind numbed bloviating needs a triple barf alert
Christie is a back stabbing, selfish jerk. He is NOT on anyone else’s team but his own.
“middle ground” means surrender to the radicals
Well past time to withdraw.
How could I forget the Maverick? I’m sure we’ll hear from him soon.
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.
Not yet unfortunately. I’d be amazed if he’s there next season.
I wouldn’t vote for that loud mouth socialist sack of blubber if you put a gun t my head.
I’m not even sure we will have elections in 2016.
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.
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........
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.
How about “NO”???
Make that Hell NO!!!