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Mitt Romney for president in 2016? [Double-BARF alert]
CBS ^ | 5:21 p.m. EDT June 14, 2014

Posted on 06/15/2014 5:10:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Far from being excommunicated by Republicans after his loss to President Obama, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is enjoying a brand resurgence of late, drawing several potential 2016 candidates to his "ideas summit" this weekend in Utah and even earning some 2016 speculation himself.

Meanwhile, some other potential candidates are in Iowa for the state Republican Party's convention there Saturday. And not to be left out, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was in California Friday to raise money for the Republican gubernatorial candidate there and participate in a Facebook chat.

It all adds up to a busy weekend for the early 2016 Republican presidential sweepstakes.

In Utah, Romney has billed his summit as an opportunity for a new generation of conservative thinkers and political leaders to strategize about the best path forward for the party and the country. No fewer than six potential 2016 GOP candidates made the trek to the Park City, including Christie, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Gov. Susana Martinez, R-Ohio, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who was Romney's running mate in 2012.

Romney once worried he'd be branded a "loser for life" by his party if he failed to unseat the president, but it hasn't quite worked out that way. Despite the crowd of up-and-comers at his summit, many people there were more abuzz about the possibility that Romney himself could jump into the race in 2016.

Rommey "is the only person that can fill the stage," said MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough at a private dinner on the summit's opening night, according to The Washington Post.

"He would be a giant in a field of midgets," added Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who's weighing a 2016 bid himself.

Romney has not entertained speculation that he could mount another bid, saying he's only interested in putting his stamp on the party going forward and positioning Republicans to win national elections. "The unavailable is always the most attractive, right?" he said, according to The Associated Press. "That goes in dating as well."

He dinged potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign-style speech at the summit, pointing to mounting violence in Iraq to argue that the foreign policy Clinton helped engineer as secretary of state has been a "monumental bust."

"Tragically, all we've fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing," Romney said.

The speculation swirling around Romney, who was the establishment choice in 2012, could reflect broader dissatisfaction with the party's slate of potential 2016 candidates.

One establishment favorite, Christie, has been handicapped in recent months by the traffic scandal surrounding the George Washington Bridge. And GOP officials believe former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a formidable candidate, but they worry he has not demonstrated the constitution required for a brutal presidential race.

Paul, an insurgent Republican viewed skeptically by the party brass, sharpened his pitch ahead of his speech in Utah, telling Republicans they must expand their support without watering down their message.

"Our base is not big enough to win national elections and we have to reach out to new people, and that means African-Americans, Hispanics, young people, single women," Paul told The Washington Post. "We have to have a message that we don't dilute or make no longer consistent with who we are, but that we take elements that really do appeal to people."

After his appearance at the summit, Paul left Utah for Iowa to speak at the Iowa Republican Party's biennial convention in Des Moines.

Also scheduled to speak to Iowa Republicans Saturday are Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who won the state's first-in-the-nation caucus during the his own 2012 presidential bid.

As they consider their future, Jindal, Paul and Santorum have all burnished their appeal among social conservatives - a voting bloc with particularly strong influence among Iowa Republicans.

Jindal and Santorum will return to Iowa in August along with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, to participate in the Family Leadership Summit, the organizers of that event announced Saturday, according to the Des Moines Register. Other potential but unconfirmed attendees at that gathering of Christian conservatives include Paul, Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Christie.

Like Paul, Christie has counseled his party to reach out to Democrats and independents.

"If you want a candidate you agree with 100 percent of the time, look in the mirror," he said Friday during a fundraising trip to California to support Neel Kashkari, the Republican gubernatorial candidate there.

"I'm out here to support Neel, to let him know it can happen, but that you have to reach out to everybody," Christie said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

During his trip, Christie also visited with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who raised money for his re-election bid, and participated in a live chat with Facebook users. In response to a question about congressional gridlock, Christie advised lawmakers to seek common ground to solve problems, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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1 posted on 06/15/2014 5:10:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

If Mitt comes out swinging hard; at the dems, this time, I say, yes, give him another chance. If he interviews with Candy Crowley and effectively tells her to STFU, I will take notice and be impressed that maybe he finally gets it that the dems are not your freinds and never will be.


2 posted on 06/15/2014 5:14:03 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: SoConPubbie

This is what presidential politics is going to degenerate into. The candidates who raise the most money will be anointed by both party’s special interests, then we’ll have an “American Idol” style campaign of vacuous meatheads.


3 posted on 06/15/2014 5:15:19 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SoConPubbie

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


4 posted on 06/15/2014 5:15:39 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: SoConPubbie
How many barfs does Hillary 2016...or Princess Liawatha 2016...or Deval “Coupe Deval” Patrick 2016 get?
5 posted on 06/15/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: SoConPubbie

How many facepalms is this worth?


6 posted on 06/15/2014 5:16:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: SoConPubbie
The dems have gotten so good at picking losers for the GOP to run, that they figure they'll see if they can get them to run Romney again, just for the hell of it.

And darned if the GOP doesn't give Romney some good hard thought at the very least.

7 posted on 06/15/2014 5:16:17 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: SoConPubbie

Absolutely.

Romney is the DREAM candidate of the G.O.P.

1) Romney invented ObamaCARE. RomneyCARE LIVES FOREVER.

2) Romney protects Obama (GOP = Give Obama Power)

3) Romney will lie, making moot Obama’s lies.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 5:17:02 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: lee martell

Forget about either option.
Mitt is a sugar donut.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 5:17:05 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: lee martell

Swing at the democrats for what? Gay marriage, abortion, Romneycare, homosexualizing the military and Boy Scout leaders?


10 posted on 06/15/2014 5:17:08 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Oh. Hell. No.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 5:17:55 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SoConPubbie

Insanity - Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.


12 posted on 06/15/2014 5:18:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SoConPubbie

OMG why don’t we just drag out SEABISQUIT to run the Kentucky Derby next year? Of course we may have to dig up his carcus. Unbelievable loss if we do this....


13 posted on 06/15/2014 5:18:40 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Gay State Conservative
How many barfs does Hillary 2016...or Princess Liawatha 2016...or Deval “Coupe Deval” Patrick 2016 get?

More than Mitt, but I ain't playing the "Lesser of Two Evil" games anymore.

I will not vote for anyone that supports Abortion, the Gay Agenda and who hasn't a clue where limited government is concerned.

Romney fails on all three.

I correctly stated early on in the primaries in 2012 that Mitt Romney was the least likely GOP candidate to win in the General Election; I can safely say, that the same thing and know that this time, it is even more true.
14 posted on 06/15/2014 5:19:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

If you’re a Republican political pro and you’re even remotely seriously thinking about Romney for 2016, really, just go ahead and retire.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 5:19:53 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: dfwgator

Maybe he read Nixon’s biography?


16 posted on 06/15/2014 5:20:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: lee martell

“I say, yes, give him another chance.”
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NO!!! They might as well run Alfred E. Neuman.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 5:20:27 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: lee martell

For Pete’s sake, dude...

Never mind.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 5:20:36 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: lee martell
If Mitt comes out swinging hard; at the dems, this time, I say, yes, give him another chance. If he interviews with Candy Crowley and effectively tells her to STFU, I will take notice and be impressed that maybe he finally gets it that the dems are not your freinds and never will be.

So you are going to support a two-time loser who supports Abortion and Gay Marriage and hasn't got a clue about limited government if he beats up on the Democrats?

What does that make you then?

A Liberal or a Libertarian?
19 posted on 06/15/2014 5:20:47 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: dfwgator
Insanity - Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Bingo!

20 posted on 06/15/2014 5:21:02 PM PDT by A message
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