Skip to comments.Mitt Romney for president in 2016? [Double-BARF alert]
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.
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.
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.
How many facepalms is this worth?
And darned if the GOP doesn't give Romney some good hard thought at the very least.
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.
Forget about either option.
Mitt is a sugar donut.
Swing at the democrats for what? Gay marriage, abortion, Romneycare, homosexualizing the military and Boy Scout leaders?
Oh. Hell. No.
Insanity - Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
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....
If you’re a Republican political pro and you’re even remotely seriously thinking about Romney for 2016, really, just go ahead and retire.
Maybe he read Nixon’s biography?
“I say, yes, give him another chance.”
NO!!! They might as well run Alfred E. Neuman.
For Pete’s sake, dude...
Otherwise known as GOPe RINOs. Learning how to pretend to be conservative until after the primary. In other words, Tea party till the nominee is me party. Cantor will be sent there for more training.
Mexican imposer of ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE and gayMarriage/polygamy:
"I'm not running as the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.
(Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldnt make any sense at all.""
-- President Ronald Reagan
I guess the media knows that Chris Chrispie Creme and Jeb Bush don’t have a shot so they have to prop up the next moderate they can find. They know that nominating a moderate effectively tanks the race for Republicans.
Nope. Not worth the effort. That kind of stupid burns like magnesium.
“Mitt is a sugar donut.”
Oh naive ones, how many times will you allow yourself to be fooled? He’s not running to the left to get elected. He is a leftist trying to fool you into believing he is a conservative in order to win the nomination. Liberals are his best buddies. He hates conservatives.
What makes you think that liberal would do that this time around? The guy is a piece of shit and his track record proves it. Get a clue.
Let’s face it, if it’s NJFatboy vs Fauxcahontas, most of us are writing in Putin.....
I wouldn’t put it past the Stupid Party.
How about a candidate that matches their own party platform, instead of a pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-amnesty, socialized medicine, big government liberal?
Perfection isn't required.
I can’t do Mitt again.
Romney said that two people of the same sex who "love each other" should be allowed to adopt children. If you want to support that queer lover, go ahead. I won't.
Romney wants the presidency about as bad as illegal aliens want U.S. citizenship. He didn’t care whether or not he won last time, why waste our time and money for a second run? Like Juan McCain before him, he convinced the voters that Barry Soetoro was the better choice.
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
Its CBS so accuaracy is not to be expected.
Romney is enjoying a resurgance with the losers that inhabit the GOPe. Not with the American citizen republican voters.
The same players from the same two parties will all be running again, +.
The Bush dynasty will be there, another corrupt Clinton, with Perry showing up in cowboy boots straining to say something clever...He’ll blame it on medications...They’ll stand there for 12 debates, each one attempting to out clever quip the other.
The audience of fools applaud, all claiming their guy won...
Nixon had a very successful political career. after he left WWII as a lieutenant commander, he came a two time congressman, and then a Senator, and then a two time vice-president.
Romney has won a single election in his more than 20 year career, and he served that single term as a failure and had to give up his goal of reelection, leaving office with 34% approval and turning the seat over to the democrats.
Romney has continued to fail politically ever since.
To this day, no one knows what Mitt Romney’s reason is for being involved in political campaigning.
As a side note to Romney’s vision for the country, please consider the following. Twenty Second Amendment issues aside, if Obama was to sincerely and verifiably (ahem) promise that he would help patriots force corrupt Congress back into its constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited power “cage,” then it wouldn’t bother me if Obama kept the Oval Office until he decided to retire.
And although I will support whoever Obama guard Fx News nominates for Republican presidential canditate (I know that it’s not supposed to work that way, but ...), I don’t see any potential “conservative” candidates who wouldn’t help corrupt Congress to continue exercising constitutionally nonexistent federal government powers like all presidents have been doing since before Constitution-ignoring socialist FDR.
Romneycare is commiecare.
O Drama has to go, as dictatorship does not fit the American model.
O Drama has to go, as dictatorship does not fit the American model.
The sheer fact he would consider this is a direct result of all the people voting for him last time.
He knows most of them will do it again. Because most are just like him. But I’ll bet you can’t find a one that will admit it in the voting booth.
The mainstream media will all endorse Mitt because they know he can’t win.
Can’t wait for the next round of “I’m a Mormon” billboards and television commercials. SARC!!!!
It should be “I’m a moron”. Because it would appeal to anyone that would vote for him again.
I saw him giving an interview this week. He said he is not running.